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Who qualifies for Medicare coverage for therapeutic footwear for people with diabetes?

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Your doctor has to certify that you have diabetes, are under a comprehensive treatment plan, and that you have at least one of the following problems in one or both feet:

  • A history of partial or complete foot amputation
  • A history of previous foot ulceration
  • A history of preulcerative callus
  • Diabetic nerve damage with signs of problems with calluses
  • Poor circulation
  • Foot deformity

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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