Amber Jar Pharmacy offers information and guidance on the treatment of Diabetes:
- Blood Glucose Meter and Supply Services: AJP offers consultation, training and education.
- Diabetic Foot care product and services: AJP fit and order custom fit therapeutic shoes or inserts.
- Diabetic Shoes , also known as therapeutic shoes, and customized orthotics work together as a preventative system to help diabetics avoid foot injuries and improve mobility. The primary goal of therapeutic footwear is to prevent complications, such as: strain, ulcers, calluses, or even amputations for patients with diabetes and poor circulation.
When looking for diabetic shoes, keep the following tips in mind:
- Your diabetic shoes should have a high and wide space in the toe box (toe area of the shoe) to prevent chafing and pinching that can harm the toes.
- Your diabetic shoes should fit well. A diabetic shoe with an adjustable closure such as hook-and-loop, often provides the best fit since you can make it larger or smaller as needed.
- Remember to do your shoe shopping in the afternoon. Feet tend to swell up in the afternoon making shoes bought in the morning feel too tight.
- Your diabetic shoes should have comfortable yet removable insoles for fitting flexibility and the option to insert orthotics.
- Your diabetic shoes should have a firm heel to aid in support and stability and should protect your feet. As diabetics are at great risk for developing friction related injuries we recommend shoes with rocker soles, which are designed to reduce pressure in all foot areas as the shoe “rocks” from heel-strike through toe-off due to a curved sole thus reducing pressure on the foot, ankle, toes, and metatarsals. It’s also important to remember to wear seamless diabetes socks and stockings along with your diabetic shoes to keep moisture away from your feet.
Orthotics also play an important role in diabetic foot care. Orthotics designed with Plastazote foam, the #1 material for protecting the insensitive diabetic foot, are usually recommended. Plastazote is a material designed to accommodate pressure hot spots by conforming to heat and pressure. By customizing to the foot, Plastazote provides the comfort and protection needed in diabetic foot care.
Our trained staff at AJP will gladly assist you in choosing the correct footwear or orthotics for your specific need. We can special order shoes as necessary and are able to bill either Medicare or Medicaid for those who meet the individual insurance requirements. If you have Medicare Part B, have diabetes, and meet certain conditions (see below), Medicare will cover therapeutic shoes if you need them.
The types of shoes that are covered each year include one of these:
- One pair of depth-inlay shoes and 3 pairs of inserts.
- One pair of custom-molded shoes (including inserts) if you can’t wear depth-inlay shoes because of a foot deformity, and 2 additional pairs of inserts.
Note: In certain cases, Medicare may also cover separate inserts or shoe modifications instead of inserts.
How do I get therapeutic shoes?
To order Diabetic shoes, inserts and socks without insurance you can click on the link below to search their catalogs and order. Your order will be shipped to an address of your choice.
||MMAR Medical← Click here to go to catalog and order. Remember to add your code "AJP" prior to check out in the Coupone Code location.
With Insurance and Medicare or Medicaid
For Medicare, Medicaid or Possible private insurance to pay for your therapeutic shoes, the doctor treating your diabetes must certify that you meet these three conditions:
- You have diabetes
- You have at least one of these conditions in one or both feet:
- Partial or complete foot amputation
- Past foot ulcers?• Calluses that could lead to foot ulcers
- Nerve damage because of diabetes with signs of problems with calluses
- Poor circulation?
- Deformed foot
- You’re being treated under a comprehensive diabetes care plan and need therapeutic shoes and/or inserts because of diabetes.
Medicare also requires
- A podiatrist or other qualified doctor prescribes the shoes
- A doctor or other qualified individual like a pedorthist, orthotist, or prosthetist fits and provides the shoes