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DIABETIC FOOTWEAR

Horizon Prosthetics has numerous certified practitioners at each of our locations to help promote the highest level of care for diabeitc patients. Regardless of the patient’s age and ability, our team is committed to provide the information and training you need to improve your overall quality of life.

Our team will work with your physician to provide the diabetic footwear to best suit your needs. This may include any of the following: prefabricated or custom fabricated shoe inserts, extra-depth or custom shoes, and/or a partial foot shoe insert (toe filler).

What is covered by my insurance?

Medicare and private Insurance payers typically cover a portion of the following items (per year):

  • One pair of diabetic shoes
  • Three pairs of custom shoe inserts

The patient must have one or more of the following conditions documented by their physician managing the patient’s systemic diabetic condition:

  • History of partial or complete amputation of the foot.
  • History of previous foot ulceration.
  • History of pre-ulcerative callus.
  • Peripheral neuropathy with evidence of callus formation.
  • Foot deformity (claw toe, hammer toe, Charcot arthroathy, bunions, hallux valgus, hallux rigidus)
  • Poor Circulation.

Am I eligible to obtain diabetic shoes?

  • You must meet with the doctor managing your diabetes and get your feet examined within 6 months of receiving your diabetic shoes and custom inserts.
  • Your doctor must document in their medical record stating medical necessity for diabetic shoes and inserts.
  • If your doctor determines you qualify for diabetic shoes and inserts, have your doctor fill out our Certifying Physician Form and fax it to Horizon Prosthetics at 303-872-6528.

Required Forms

Diabetic Footwear Prescription Form (PDF Link) ++++++

Custom Diabetic Footwear

Once we receive all of the required paperwork the Horizon Prosthetics team will get you scheduled for an evaluation appointment. During the appointment, a foot impression will be taken to begin fabrication. The impression will provide our technicians the exact mold of your feet to fabricate an insert that will help distribute body weight across the foot. This will help reduce painful pressure points, blisters and sores from developing. You will be able to choose from many styles of shoes we offer that will meet your medical needs.

As soon as the order is complete, a member of our staff will reach out to you to schedule a fitting appointment. During the fitting, our practitioner will ensure there is a proper fit and you will be provided our diabetic break in material. You may also download the guide below.

Wear and Care Instructions for New Diabetic Shoes and Insoles (PDF Link) ++++++

Diabetic Foot Care

1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. It’s very important for diabeitc patients to monitor and seek out consistent care to avoid potential problems with their feet. Problems may lead to nerve damage, calluses, foot ulcers, poor circulation, and even amputation. Your continued walking abilities and quality of life is important to us. With your help, providing you the proper footwear and resources can help reduce health complications and ensure a healthy future.

Resources

American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org)

Foot Health Facts (https://www.foothealthfacts.org/conditions/diabetic-foot-care-guidelines)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/features/diabetesfoothealth/index.html)