Medicare may cover the costs of preventive extra depth footwear if you are diabetic and have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Poor circulation
  • Foot deformity
  • Peripheral neuropathy with a history of callus formation
  • History of foot ulceration


Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet even a small cut can have consequences. Diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet. Diabetes may also reduce blood flow to your feet, making it harder to heal an injury or resist infection. In 1993, Congress passed the Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Bill, which allows qualified persons to receive protective footwear and inserts.


  1. Inspect your feet daily.
  2. Be gentle when bathing your feet.
  3. Moisturize your feet but not between your toes
  4. Cut nails carefully and always straight across.
  5. Never trim corns and calluses.
  6. Wear clean dry diabetic socks.
  7. Avoid loose fitting or too tight socks.
  8. Wear socks to bed. (never use a heating pad, hot water bottle)
  9. Shake out your shoes and inspect inside before wearing.
  10. Keep your feet warm and dry.
  11. Never walk barefoot.
  12. Take care of your diabetes
  13. Don’t smoke.
  14. Get periodic foot exams.

Can You Answer Yes To Any of These Foot Problems

  • Previous amputation of the foot or part of the foot.
  • History of previous foot ulceration
  • Pre-ulcerative callous formation or peripheral neuropothy with a history of callous formation.
  • Foot deformity
  • Poor circulation

(You may qualify for medicare assistance through the therapeutic shoe bill. Print the forms below and take to your doctor to see if you qualify for assistance.)

Diabetic Footwear Doesn’t Have To Be Ugly

Quality is The Difference

  • Medicare (Part B) will cover 80% of the cost of the following per calendar year.
  • 1 pair of Extra Depth Shoes with three pairs of heat-moldable inserts or three pair of custom fabricated inserts.