The Medicare Diabetic Shoe Program

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  FREE DIABETIC SHOES – THE MEDICARE PROGRAM There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that the shoes are free,…. if you qualify. The bad news is …well…if….you qualify. Yes, Medicare, the original Medicare, has a program in which medically qualified patients may receive annually one pair of protective therapeutic shoes along with protective therapeutic shoe inserts. A medical doctor must establish the primary diagnosis of diabetes and /or other systemic disease complications that support qualification. The complication most notable is neuropathy. This is the loss of protective sensation in the feet. You must be currently under a medical doctor’s care for these conditions. In addition, a podiatrist should examine your feet and identify those specific conditions which establish qualification. Specific qualifying findings as determined by either the medical doctor or the podiatrist include: 1. Angular deformities of the foot such as bunions, hammertoes or other bony prominences. 2. The presence of pre-ulcerous calloused lesions. 3. History of ulceration or current ulceration. 4. Previous non-traumatic amputation. 5. Neuropathy; Loss of protective sensation in the feet. One … Read More

How Simple Is This? Prevent Lots Of Problems With Shoes


Specialty or custom shoes are most often not needed. When they are, there are  many companies that will provide fitting services at a customer’s home or at a local orthotist’s  shop.  Usually, however, modern casual walking or running (fabric  toe box ) shoes will provide all the room and protection that is necessary. Well-designed shoes are constructed with removable replaceable inserts. The shoe types mentioned all have removable inserts if they come from reputable companies. For example, Hanlon’s on Main Street in Hyannis offers expert fitting and selection of only quality products. Their selection of walking shoes includes those made by New Balance and Brooks and the most orthopedically reputable of the running shoe manufacturers, including Mizuno, Sacouny, Asics, New Balance and Brooks. It’s very important that someone competent measures a person’s foot before issuing shoes. Routinely, I discover my patients wearing shoes that are too small; sometimes by two whole sizes!   Why, just getting the size right provides comfort and protection right away. How Simple Is That! This is why I check my patient shoes and the lining … Read More

Shoes Are Important, You Know …. Medically Speaking.



Often it seems as though more than half of the foot problems people have can be addressed with appropriate foot gear. The Right Size … the Right Shape …. the Right Fit. A quality shoe, in a medical and orthopedic sense, is designed to protect the feet in several ways. There is considerable promotion emphasizing sport-related shoes.  I’m always referring to ‘running shoes’…..But the reality is that most people are STANDING or WALKING around and not involved in purposeful exercise. Just what then does a foot and body need from a shoe?  The descriptions noted below can refer to several shoe styles…however…they most often refer to qualities provided by a RUNNING SHOE….you certainly do not have to “run” to wear them…..however….this type shoe is DESIGNED to PROTECT the foot. This is why I so frequently recomend the use of a quality running shoe. SHOCK ABSORBTION. The midsole of the shoe and the removable insert in the shoe provide this. The heavier a person is, the more important this consideration. Quality brands offer a range of shock absorbing designs. MOTION CONTROL. … Read More