Is footwear for diabetics covered by health insurance?

Bobby C,PED
By Bobby C,PED Latest Reply 2012-02-21 19:25:44 -0600
Started 2012-02-19 01:53:05 -0600

Yes. Most health insurance covers footwear for diabetics who have a qualifying foot condition such as: neuropathy, calluses, bunions, hammer toes, or a history of foot ulcerations. Ask you primary care physician if they feel it's appropriate for you on your next visit and be sure he checks your feet.

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Run Soo
Run Soo 2012-02-21 19:25:44 -0600 Report

Hey there is a great shoe company just for diabetics it`s called DR. Comfort… Oh my god they have the best shoes and socks… You can also get your ped dr to get them for you.. the shoes are kind of expesive and coverd but well worth it.. My hubby has heel spurs,arthris, and plater flantis and swears by them.. I love the socks!! they both mens and womens shoes. they have a great look too and comfy too… thye also have ever size you will ever need..

MEGriff1950 2012-02-19 19:40:13 -0600 Report

I do not have and have never had foot problems. For a while the neuropathy did prevent me from knowing if my feet were cold or not. Between getting my BG under control and taking lyrica I know when I have cold feet.
The C,PED that I saw trimmed my toenails and said my feet looked to be in good condition. My dr sent me to him hoping he would prescribe diabetic shoes for me. No the C-PED did not think they were necessary thank God as my medicare hmo would have paid all but $300. In my house I wear my flip flops, these help to cushion the heel spurs that I have had for around 30 years. When going anywhere I either wear my well cushioned sandles or my Nikes. Both fit well and do not rub or irritate my feet. I buy mens shoes they are wider then womens, are much more comfortable and last 3 times as long.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-19 19:06:11 -0600 Report

We should be checking our own feet as well, and not go barefoot .I wear shoes outside, and slippers if cold in side. I have gone barefoot in my house as shoes make my back problems worse, but I try not to do that to often.

Thanks for all the tips.

Bobby C,PED
Bobby C,PED 2012-02-19 12:18:09 -0600 Report

The next thing to be concerned with is good Suport on the bottarga of you feet. With your condition you need good arch Suport and a shoe with a little more heel, or a small heel life in your shoe this should relive your symptoms. Alison some rest, ice,warping with some ace bandage and elevation might help. Consult with your doctor to get a good prescription anti inflammatory

jayabee52 2012-02-19 16:43:57 -0600 Report

Howdy Bobby WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

Not much info in your profile.

Are you a health professional of some kind? To what does the PED designation refer?

Bobby C,PED
Bobby C,PED 2012-02-19 17:06:07 -0600 Report

Board certified pedorthist. C,PED for short. I help diabetics with the prescription footwear and orthotics they require to help prevent foot ulcerations. Specialty is diabetic FOOTCARE.

Bobby C,PED
Bobby C,PED 2012-02-19 12:13:49 -0600 Report

Next is a quality shoe. The shoe should be lined as to have a smith inside. You don't want to feel the stitching in the shoe. It could rub and cause an ulceration the shoe should also fit snug, not tight but snug. It's the movement of the foot in the shoe that causes the injury. Also if you have calluses that mostly cause by the foot sliding around in the shoe.

jayabee52 2012-02-19 17:09:55 -0600 Report

A "smith" ? What is that?

Bobby C,PED
Bobby C,PED 2012-02-19 17:19:09 -0600 Report

Sorry meant smooth. Damn auto spell on my smart phone just kills me sometimes.

jayabee52 2012-02-20 11:56:46 -0600 Report

he is on a smart phone (from what I read earlier). I don't think one is able to do that with a smartphone, no way to mouse to the link.

Caroltoo 2012-02-19 22:17:08 -0600 Report


Go back to the discussion page and then line down to the entry you wish to edit. Look for the edit icon below the comment and click on that. Make your corrections, then click on it again.

I think there is an autospell function on this site also. I come up with some things I know I didn't type as well as my errors.

You find the discussion page by clicking on the heading of the discussion on the board. I've heard that you have to be on a computer to do this instead of on your smart phone.


jayabee52 2012-02-19 17:22:41 -0600 Report

I don't use my smart phone to access the web (I have that function shut off by the provider at my request) but I hear people are frustrated by those apps all the time.

Bobby C,PED
Bobby C,PED 2012-02-19 12:09:55 -0600 Report

Sounds like you have your sugar under control with such a low a1c. Good job. Remember these rules: gods socks a cotton acrylic blend with no seams and just enough elastic to hold them up, but not enough to leave indentations on your legs. If you have socks with seams turn them inside out so the seams don't rub you in the shoe. White is best so if you do blister you will see the blood on the sock when removed

locarbarbie 2012-02-19 10:42:31 -0600 Report


TsalagiLenape 2012-02-19 19:45:03 -0600 Report

Well depends on your feet. I have high arches full of muscle due to 9 years of dancing ok? So that Dr.Schols at Wal-Mart says I have flat feet but my podiatrist says I have high arches that are muscled. Great on your low A1C but you need to get a referral for whatever medical you do have to get your feet done by a podiatrist. I have inserts from mine that helps so much. Mind you they cost me 25 dollars but since I had overpaid on my co-pay the last time, I only had to pay 10. Wearing shoes with support is important. Dont wear flip flops for the toe jams can make your feet painful. So I hope this helps as it was meant too. Hugs

Cassie12 2012-02-21 00:36:58 -0600 Report

If you are on Mediare, you can get one orthodic pair of shoes and 3 sets of custom inserts a year, no co-pay.

jayabee52 2012-02-21 15:15:47 -0600 Report

I am on medicare and when I got my diabetes shoes I had about a $30 copay about 3 or so yrs ago and I got only 1 custom insert.

I have read that they have changed their rules to once every 3 yrs now. Those medicare rules change all the time, and it is hard to keep up with all the changes.

locarbarbie 2012-02-19 10:43:41 -0600 Report

Sorry, spelling mishap!…meant podiatrist!

jayabee52 2012-02-19 16:48:19 -0600 Report

Howdy Barb! it is a great thing (for me at least) that for all the postings I post there is a link to the right of the reply link which says "edit" that means I can go back in after I see a mistake after I have posted and correct that misselling/mistake. You should have one under the posts you post also.

locarbarbie 2012-02-20 07:30:42 -0600 Report

uh oh!! I took your advise and edited my original post only to find that I have somehow erased the entire thing, lol. I have never noticed the edit button before, but I guess I am using it incorrectly. Thanks anyway James!

jayabee52 2012-02-20 11:24:41 -0600 Report

That may be partially my fault because I didn't say that when the edit function first comes up it comes up "highlighted" with a blue background. One has to click somewhere in the discussion box to make it editable without changing the whole thing. If I want to wipe out the whole of what I said (I do that occasionally), I let the highlighting remain and type a period or other character to wipe everything out. Sorry I wasn't more clear.