Does Medicare cover the cost of therapeutic shoes if I have diabetes?

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Christopher Chiodo, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Medicare covers the cost of therapeutic shoes and inserts for people with diabetes, in an effort to reduce foot and leg amputations. Medicare covers 80% of the approved cost of the shoes, after you have met the annual deductible for durable equipment (which can also include insulin pumps and other therapeutic devices). If you qualify, you are eligible for molded shoes, which are custom-designed to fit your foot snugly, or depth shoes, which provide extra support to the arch. Inserts are included with both types of shoes. Ask your doctor about the Medicare program, because the shoes must be ordered through a physician or podiatrist.

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