My doctor has been harping at me trying to get me to get diabetic shoes. He complains that I wear sandles with no white cotton socks. I might have neuropathy but it is hard to tell because of the nerve damage in my back and neuropathy acts much the same. I wear flip flops in my home and yard. In my feet I only lack sensitivity on a small area along the side of my big toes and where the bottom of my foot rubs on the strap of the flip flop. Otherwise I can definately feel if I step on anything. I have cleared up my athletes foot with epsom salt soaks and athletes foot cream. I wipe the insides of my sandles and flip flops with streight vinegar after every wearing plus wash them with my laundry often. When I do wear my athletic shoes (mens cause of fat feet) with socks my feet sweat badly and bring on the athletes foot problems.
I visited a podiatrist just over a week ago. He knows that I am diabetic and said that my feet looked great! He did not say anything about diabetic shoes and neither did I.
My medicare hmo will only pay 80% of the cost of diabetic shoes leaving me with about $150 or more to pay. My Nikes usually run about $60 on sale. Due to my back problems I am partially disabled and mostly house bound.
Keeping in mind that I am poor and really only wear real shoes on very rare occassions, and wearing shoes and socks brings on athletes foot. Can anyone give me a good reason to spend that kind of money on diabetic shoes?
Online all I have found is that diabetics feet are not able to feel objects and the shoes are to prevent injury. I can feel the cats whiskers on my feet if they walk by, so my feet are sensitive.
Thank you for all input.
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