What Is the Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Program for Diabetes Sufferers?


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The Medicare therapeutic shoe program for diabetes sufferers is a component of the Medicare health insurance program that provides therapeutic shoes to patients with diabetes who also have another qualifying condition, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. The provision covers custom-molded shoes, extra-depth shoes and inserts if medically necessary.

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The therapeutic shoe program is part of Medicare Part B, states Medicare.gov. Eligible patients receive up to one pair of therapeutic shoes each year with a 20 percent co-pay although the usually Medicare Part B deductible still applies. Depending on the type of shoe and the patient's prescription, up to three pairs of inserts and custom shoe modifications may also be covered.

In order to qualify for the therapeutic shoe program, patients must be referred by a medical doctor or a doctor of osteopathy who participates with Medicare, and a podiatrist, orthotist, prosthetist or pedorthist who participates with Medicare must supply the therapeutic device, maintains the American Podiatric Medical Association. Checking on the status of a supplier is important before ordering therapeutic footwear. Conditions that qualify a patient for the program include a previous amputation, a history of foot ulceration, pre-ulcerative calluses, peripheral neuropathy paired with calluses, foot deformity or poor circulation.

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