Diabetic Shoes are paid for by Medicare, but have you ever wondered why? What makes diabetic shoes an essential part of any diabetic healthcare plan?
March 6, 2017
It’s as simple as saving limbs saves them money… Patients with diabetes have inadequate blood flow to the extremities because of the fluctuation in blood sugar levels. 65% of patients with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage resulting in impaired sensation in the feet. When you have loss of a protective sensation and aren’t wearing properly fitting shoes sores can develop quickly. Inadequate blood flow inhibits healing. Therefore, sores on the feet are slow to heal and can often lead to amputations.
Properly fitted diabetic shoes are very important in preventing foot injuries. Diabetic shoes are designed to protect feet by combining special features and materials (click here to learn more).
It is also very important that the patient sees a certified shoe fitter who is trained to ensure the patient has properly fitting shoes as the patient often cannot feel areas of their feet that can incur injury with improper fitting shoes.
Dietitians At Home has a certified shoe fitter that will go to your patients’ homes to properly fit them for shoes and show them different styles. Our shoe fitter will also deliver the shoes to the patients’ homes so that they are there when the patient tries them on to confirm a proper fit.
A good foot care regimen including proper footwear can reduce diabetic foot amputations by 85%!!!
Unfortunately, amputation rates are higher in people with diabetes. The good news, though, is that rates have decreased thanks to better foot care and the use of diabetic shoes.
Kelley Reeser, R.D. L.D.N. C.D.E.
December 6, 2017