What are Diabetic Shoes & Inlays?
Cardin & Miller Physical Therapy has clinicians that are specially certified to provide comprehensive foot and ankle care. This includes fabrication and application of accommodative diabetic inlays.
Our facility is accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics. Our affiliation with Dutrey's Shoes and Appalachian Running Company allows us to have appropriate footwear on site in most instances.
What is the Medicare Diabetic Shoe Program?
The purpose of this program is to provide diabetic clients with protective footwear and inlays to prevent the onset of conditions that can lead to foot ulcerations.
To qualify for the diabetic shoe/insert benefit, a client must:
- Be confirmed as having Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
- Meet one of the qualifying characteristics:
- History of wound(s) on the feet
- History of amputation of the feet/toes
- Callusing of the feet/toes
- Neuropathy (pain, numbness, paresthesia)
- Circulatory compromise (venous or arterial)
- Foot deformity (flat feet, cavus feet, toe issues)
What do I need to do to take advantage of this benefit?
- Secure a prescription from an MD or Podiatrist for diabetic shoes and inlays.
- Have Cardin & Miller Physical Therapy contact your medical doctor for medical notes regarding your condition. Copies of notes are required to validate that the M.D. has evaluated the client for DM and foot health.
- Call Cardin & Miller Physical Therapy to schedule your initial evaluation.
What are Custom Inserts?
Orthotics are customized inserts that are worn inside the shoe and used to improve the mechanical structure and/or function of the feet. They allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential. When appropriately prescribed, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in the foot, but in other parts of the body such as the knee, hip and lower back to improve daily activities.