Scientific studies show that the use of proper footwear, regular foot exams by a podiatrist, and preventive care can reduce foot and leg amputations by 50% among diabetics.
In an effort to prevent diabetic foot complications that lead to leg and foot amputations Medicare helps cover the cost of Therapeutic Shoes and Insoles for qualifying diabetes patients.
The Therapeutic Shoe Program allows people with diabetes to get special footwear and insoles once a year from a qualified doctor.
People diagnosed with diabetes should pay special attention to their feet.
Everyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes should have their feet examined by a podiatrist at least once a year. The examination should include a comprehensive evaluation of circulation, nerve function, and the presence of any high risk areas such as corns and calluses. This examination will also determine if a patient qualifies for diabetic shoes.
Facts & Statistics
- 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes.
- 86 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes.
- 60% of non-traumatic lower extremity amputation occurs in diabetics.
- 85% of diabetes-related amputations start with a foot ulcer.
The foot and ankle specialists at Sol Foot & Ankle Centers want to help keep your feet healthy and prevent diabetes-related foot problems. Contact us to schedule your foot exam and see if you qualify for diabetic shoe coverage.
The Best Shoes For Your Feet
Visit the podiatry store Foot Traffik, where you'll find a wide selection of healthy footwear in a variety of styles, sizes and widths to accommodate all types of feet and their conditions.
Shoes are often, unknowingly, the cause of many foot and ankle problems. Wearing worn out shoes, shoes that don't fit properly, or non-supportive shoes can be associated with many foot problems such as; plantar fasciiits, heel pain, ankle pain, bunions, tendonitis, bursitis, black toenails and even ingrown toenails.
Experience the comfort of orthopedic shoes and specialty wear specifically designed to support and relieve painful feet.
Choose from a variety of work, dress, casual and running shoes made in wide, extra-wide and extra-extra wide to accommodate wide and extra wide feet.
Brands Carried: Apex, Aetrex, Brooks Running, Drew, Orthofeet, Dr. Comfort, Spenco and Vionic.