by Christopher L. Bail C. Ped.
Everyday, more and more people are being diagnosed with diabetes. Not only in the elder population but also an increase in diabetes is seen in the "Baby Boomer" generation. This condition can cause you feet to be vulnerable to complications that non-diabetic feet may never experience. For example, pre-ulcerative calluses, pressure sores, and poor circulation may occur.
Part of a diabetic's overall health plan should include properly fitted diabetic shoes and accompanying inserts. This type of footwear aids in reducing diabetic foot complications. Improperly fitted shoes can increase friction thus creating ulcers, calluses and blisters that may not lead to serious foot injury.
This type of special shoe protects the foot by having a seam-free construction, a wider toe box and comes in a variety of sizes, widths and depths. These qualities allow the professional shoe fitter to help you protect your feet.
How does the diabetic patient know if they need these shoes and does their insurance cover them?
Your healthcare professional can evaluate your feet and determine if you have a need for diabetic shoes and prescribe them. Certain conditions must be present in order to qualify for insurance coverage of a diabetic shoe package. They are: pre-ulcerative calluses, poor circulation, foot deformity (i.e. hammer-toes or bunions), neuropathy (loss of sensation), amputation and foot ulceration.
Most insurances cover your diiabetic shoe program at a rate of 80 percent of the total cost with most secondary insurance paying all or most of the balance. Diabetic Shoes and inserts are not only the best way to protect your feet, but often are at little or no cost to you