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What type of footwear for people with diabetes is covered by Medicare?

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If you qualify, you must pick one of the two choices within one calendar year:

1. One pair of depth-inlay shoes and three pairs of inserts

2. One pair of custom-molded shoes (including inserts) and two additional pairs of inserts.

Medicare may cover separate inserts under certain criteria. Shoe modification is covered as a substitute for an insert, and a custom-molded shoe is covered when the individual has a foot deformity that cannot be accommodated by a depth shoe.

Medicare.gov: Medicare’s Coverage of Diabetes Supplies & Services.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of The National Institutes of Health. Publication: Feet Can Last a Lifetime: Medicare Coverage of Therapeutic Footwear for People with Diabetes. 1998. 

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on May 31, 2018

Medicare.gov: Medicare’s Coverage of Diabetes Supplies & Services.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of The National Institutes of Health. Publication: Feet Can Last a Lifetime: Medicare Coverage of Therapeutic Footwear for People with Diabetes. 1998. 

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on May 31, 2018

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