Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions in the United States. During the past decade, there has been an alarming increase in the prevalence of diabetes mellitus, with the diabetic population currently topping 25 million people including about 7 million people who are undiagnosed.
Diabetes causes a variety of complications including reduction in circulation which can result in nerve damage to your limbs.
The good news is that many of these potential problems can be minimized with lifestyle changes, medications, and other preventive care. Recently, a task force was created by officials from Medicare, The American Podiatric Medical Association, and the American Diabetes Association in order to explore ways to reduce the numbers of foot or leg amputations in the diabetic population.
In 2006 about 65,700 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed on people with diabetes. However, it has been determined that over half of these amputations could have been prevented by timely, conservative foot care.
Comprehensive foot-care programs can reduce amputation rate by 45 to 85 percent. Medicare coverage for protective footwear and shoe inserts has helped to reduce foot complications.
Drs. Dennis and Kevin Springer provide many of these protective and comprehensive foot care programs for diabetic patients who may be at risk. The doctors are qualified to evaluate, educate, prescribe, and dispense these protective products to patients.
Many patients are unaware of the Medicare coverage for preventative diabetic foot wear. As a result, only about 3% of those who are qualified to receive the Medicare protective products actually do so.
Commercial Insurance Coverage:
Each insurance company is different. We will contact your insurance company for you to ensure coverage for diabetic shoes, and we encourage you to contact your insurance company to see if your plan covers preventative diabetic foot wear.
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