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Diabetic Footwear

Therapeutic FootwearLiving with Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. There is no cure for diabetes, and its cause continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.

Approximately 18.2 million people in the United States, and an estimated 120 million people worldwide, have diabetes. In addition, it is estimated that at least 16 million Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition that occurs when a person's blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. The total annual economic cost of diabetes is $132 billion per year, or one out of every 10 health care dollars spent in the United States.

About 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage, which can lead to impaired sensation in the extremities, most often the feet. As a result, people with diabetes are at a greater risk for foot problems, including blisters, calluses, ulcers, infection, deformity, and amputation. Foot disease is the most common complication of diabetes leading to hospitalization, and diabetes is the nation's leading cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputations, with more than 60% of such amputations, about 82,000 per year, occurring among people with diabetes.

The Good News
While people with diabetes are a greater risk for foot problems, studies have shown that comprehensive foot care programs can reduce and even prevent foot-related complications and can reduce amputation rates by as much as 85%. Click here to read the do's and dont's of daily foot care for people with diabetes.

Medicare's Therapeutic Shoe Bill
With the passing of the Therapeutic Shoe Bill, Medicare (Part B) extended coverage to diabetic patients for footwear and foot inserts. Protective footwear can help in the fight to prevent thousands of diabetic amputations that occur each year.

What is covered?
Coverage is limited to 1 of the following with 1 calendar year:

  1. 1 pair of off-the-shelf depth shoes and up to 3 additional pair of multi-density inserts.
  2. 1 pair of off-the-shelf depth shoes including modification, and up to 2 additional pair of
    multi-density inserts.
  3. 1 pair of custom-molded shoes and up to 2 additional pair of multi-density inserts.

Coverage is limited to shoes and inserts meeting certain requirements for patients with specific clinical conditions. Call us today for more information 800.435.3803


LOW-PROFILE ORTHOSES SHOES INSERTS

Low-Profile 2004 Dual-Lam
1/8" Pink Plastazote Top Surface
3/16" Blue Stratus Base
Summit Last, Tapered to Toe
Stock Number: ZPROD

Low-Profile 2004 Tri-Lam
1/8" Pink Plastazote Top Surface
1/16" Blue Celon Middle Layer
3/16" Blue Stratus Base
Summit Last, Tapered to Toe
Stock Number: ZPROT




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