Diabetic? Be Sweet to Your Feet!
Yes, diabetic shoes can help you PREVENT FOOT PROBLEMS!
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Diabetic Shoes are just one of the many tools you can use to fight Diabetes one or two. Many doctors recommend patients purchase shoes specifically designed for diabetics. When looking for a pair of shoes, you want to make sure it has proper ventilation, which allows the feet to reduce dampness and heat. Sweat often is an ideal environment for bacteria and infection to grow.
You want to make sure the toe and heal curve slightly, forcing your feet to be in balance when you walk. To prevent injury to susceptible and sensitive toes, the shoe’s toe box should be high and durable. The shoe should also be lightweight and seamless to prevent any irritation like calluses, infection or blisters. (Courtesy of Medical Supply guides)
Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Program and how to qualify
In an effort to prevent foot ulcers in people with diabetes who are at risk, Medicare will help pay for therapeutic shoes. For those who qualify, Medicare will pay 80 percent of the allowed amount for one pair of shoes and up to three pairs of molded innersoles per year. (The allowed amount varies depending on the kind of footwear you need.) Most secondary insurers will help pay the other 20 percent.
Who Qualifies Medicare Diabetic Shoes and Inserts?
To qualify, you must be under a comprehensive diabetes treatment plan and have one or more of the following:
Your fitting starts one of two ways. You can print out the physician statement of certification and have your physician sign it or a prescription for diabetic shoes and we can complete the paperwork with your primary care physician.
With constant care and maintenance, the feet’s pain and infection can be minimized.
Lets talk about the inserts first. There are two types of inserts. One type of insert is a prefabricated heat-moldable insert. The shoe fitter will actually heat the insert and mold it to the patient’s foot. The second type of insert is a custom insert where the shoe fitter will take an impression of the patient’s foot, send it to a lab, and the lab will make multi-density plasters of inserts for the patient.
When measuring for diabetic shoes you want the patient standing on a measuring device. The measuring device would measure the length of the foot from the heel to the longest toe and the width at the widest part. Many manufacturers have a single base allowing for different widths and more material around the top. It’s very important when fitting the diabetic shoe to make sure to fit it without it being too tight or too loose. If there is any discrepancy, you want to have the ability to try a different size. Diabetic shoes are available in medium wide, extra wide, and in many companies, extra-extra wide.
Typically, a diabetic patient is heavier than an average patient. Department stores may only carry medium width shoes. What we find are patients wearing a regular 10 wide when they actually need an 8 extra-extra wide. There are two or three companies that make custom shoes, because there are some patients with such deformed feet that the regular shoe may not be the best for them. The average person may be off by half a size between the right and left foot. That probably doesn’t mean they use two different sizes. When some one been using two vastly different sizes their whole life, we would provide two different sized shoes. If there is a deformity that a normal shoe can’t accommodate, the provider may take a cast of the patient’s foot so shoes can be custom cut for that patient. Buying diabetic shoes over the internet or by mail order with a fitting kit is really not a very good idea. The most important part of the diabetic program is being fitted by a qualified provider who has experienced fitting diabetic shoes and providing the custom inserts to go along with it.
Foot orthotics or in foot terms, insoles, allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential. When appropriately prescribed, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in the foot, but in other parts of the body such as the knee, hip and lower back. They can also increase stability in an unstable joint, prevent a deformed foot from developing additional problems, and improve overall quality of life. Orthodics for Diabetics and Shoes.
Foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored. The presence of foot problems can affect the proper functioning of other parts of the body, including the hip, knee and back.
Foot problems are often treated with shoe inserts called orthotics. Custom-made orthotics are medical devices inserted into the shoe to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern. They are prescribed to reduce pain, to provide support, to prevent foot deformity or keep it from getting worse, to provide better positioning, to relieve pressure on a certain area of the foot, and to improve the overall biomechanical function of the foot and lower extremity. See the Pedorthist in Deltona, Orlando, or DAytona Florida for the correct orthotics which can solve your back pain, leg pain or foot pain.
Orthotics work like shock absorbers, removing pressure and stress from painful areas in the foot and ankle. Orthotics also promote the proper alignment of the feet. They can restore balance, improve sports performance and even alleviate pain in the knee, hip and lower back. Research shows that back problems, the most common form of chronic pain, can often be traced to a foot imbalance.
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