Since 1993, Medicare Part B has provided partial reimbursement for extra-depth shoes and inserts for qualifying patients with diabetes. Medical experts agree that many amputations resulting from diabetes-related foot complications can be prevented by appropriate, properly fitting footwear. Qualifying patients are eligible for one pair of extra-depth shoes and three pairs of inserts every calendar year.
A Pedorthist is a healthcare professional who is specifically educated and trained to manage comprehensive pedorthic patient care. A certified pedorthist fits, fabricates, adjusts, or modifies devices which reflect his/her education and training.
Compression stockings improve blood flow to the legs by gently squeezing the legs to move blood up to the heart. This helps prevent leg swelling and, to a lesser extent, blood clots. Ask your doctor about what kind of compression stockings are right for you.