Stride into a Pain-Free Lifestyle with the Right Shoes.
Go where you want with no foot discomfort due to diabetes. No matter your comfort needs, style preferences, or foot size, we can slip you into the Diabetic Shoes to fit your lifestyle.
We offer a vast selection of Diabetic Shoes online and in-store, in Detriot, Dearborn Heights, and Sterling Heights, MI. Call us with any questions at (313) 843-3006.
Learn more about our Diabetic Shoes and frequently asked questions below, and stop in to get fitted with the right pair for you today.
Common Questions About Diabetic Shoes:
Why are Diabetic Shoes so Important?
Diabetic shoes are important due to a common side effect of diabetes: "peripheral neuropathy," which causes loss of sensation in the extremities. Ill-fitting shoes rub or pinch the feet excessively, which can lead to ulceration and foot injuries, simply because the diabetic does not feel the injury until it is too late.
Properly-fitted diabetic shoes prevent such injuries. Diabetic shoes are often wider and deeper than regular shoes, making room for special diabetic insoles. Pedorthic insoles for diabetics are generally custom made for the patient's feet to ensure proper fit and minimize rubbing and uneven weight distribution. It is also important for a diabetic to have shoes with good air circulation, meaning a lot of diabetic footwear features fabric or sandal-style uppers.
Are Diabetic Shoes Covered by Medicare?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers the furnishing and fitting of either one pair of custom-molded shoes and inserts or one pair of extra-depth shoes each calendar year. Medicare also covers 2 additional pairs of inserts each calendar year for custom-molded shoes and 3 pairs of inserts each calendar year for extra-depth shoes. Medicare will cover shoe modifications instead of inserts.
All people with Part B who have diabetes and severe diabetic foot disease are covered. Your doctor must certify that you need therapeutic shoes or inserts and a podiatrist or other qualified doctor must prescribe these items.
What Features Should I Look For in Diabetic Shoes?
Look for a lightweight shoe that lets your feet move and breathe. Choose a flexible material, such as leather, canvas, or suede. Remember that a good diabetic shoe should have a shock-absorbing sole, which will help relieve pressure on the bottom of your foot. Pick shoes with laces that you can loosen or tighten. This makes it easier to accommodate any swelling or changes in your feet over time.
Keep in mind that the shoe should also have a solid back to provide extra support and fit well to avoid your food sliding around inside the shoe.
Contact Shan Medical Equipment
Please contact us at (586) 268-4100 (Sterling Heights), (800) 404-7426 (Detroit) or (313) 843-3006 (Dearborn Heights) with any questions!