Taking Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime
Tips for Proper Footwear
Proper footwear is very important for
preventing serious foot problems. Athletic or walking shoes made of canvas or
leather are good for daily wear. They support your feet and allow them to
Never wear vinyl or plastic shoes, because
they don't stretch or "breathe."
When buying shoes, make sure they are
comfortable from the start and have enough room for your toes.
Don't buy shoes with pointed toes or high
heels. They put too much pressure on your toes.
Ask Your Doctor about Medicare Coverage for Special Footwear.
You may need special shoes or shoe inserts to
prevent serious foot problems. If you have Medicare Part B insurance, you may
be able to get some of the cost of special shoes or inserts paid for. Ask your
doctor whether you qualify for:
1 pair of depth shoes* and 3 pairs of inserts
1 pair of custom molded shoes (including
inserts) and 2 additional pairs of inserts.
If you qualify, your doctor or podiatrist
will tell you how to get your special shoes.
*Depth shoes look like athletic or walking shoes, but have
more room in them. The extra room allows for different shaped feet and toes, or
for special inserts made to fit your feet.
To Do List
Print this list and check each item when
Use the list of foot care tips and put it where I will see it
Get a pair of nail clippers, an emery board, and a pumice
Buy soft cotton or wool socks.
Buy a pair of shoes that fit well and cover my feet. Give
away shoes that don't fit.
Place slippers beside my bed to wear when I get out of
Get a mirror to help me see the bottoms of my
Ask for help from a family member or care giver if I can't
see my feet.
Keep my next doctor's appointment.
Ask my doctor if I qualify for special shoes covered by
Plan my physical activity program with my doctor.
For More Information, Please Contact:
American Association of Diabetes Educators
444 North Michigan Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60611-3901
American Diabetes Association
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
American Podiatric Medical Association
9312 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Division of Diabetes Translation
Program Development Branch
4770 Buford Highway, NE,
Atlanta, GA 30341-3724
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International
120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
1 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3560