There’s No Reason Not to Get Diabetic Shoes Right Now
We’ve heard all the excuses:
I don’t need them yet.
I just don’t feel like it.
Guess what? We’re not buying it.
If you have diabetes, you have no good reason not to go out and get yourself some diabetic shoes right now—and a ton of great reasons why you really, really should. That’s doubly true if you have any foot problems whatsoever; even minor ones.
Not convinced? Let’s swat down some of those common complaints.
I don’t have a history of foot ulcers. I don’t need them!
Everybody starts somewhere.
But more to the point, the groundwork for diabetic ulcers, deformities, and amputation is laid years, if not decades, before the most serious complications arise. And because of the insidious way that neuropathy and poor circulation slowly worsen, you may not notice any problems at all until your feet are already at severe risk.
If you have neuropathy, poor circulation, or even a history of calluses, getting diabetic shoes now can help ensure that you don’t get those serious ulcers in the first place.
Plus, diabetic shoes don’t just help with ulcers. They can also help prevent or slow the progression of other progressive deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, or flat feet.
I’m afraid of the fashion police.
The fashion police have no jurisdiction here!
But even if they did, it wouldn’t matter. That’s because diabetic shoes come in basically all the same styles and types as any other pair of shoes. You can get walking shoes, athletic shoes, dress shoes, work boots, even sandals—and tons of stylish choices on top of that.
The only thing that’s really different about them is they’re a little deeper (to specifically accommodate removable orthotics) and may have some additional hidden features (such as seamless stitching) to reduce skin irritation.
Trust us, no one will even notice that you’re wearing “special” shoes. They really don’t appear any different from the outside.
They’ll be bulky and uncomfortable.
Again, they aren’t bulky at all—just a little bit deeper. Plus they are specifically designed for maximum comfort, and you’ll be wearing orthotics inside them as well.
Honestly, we’d be shocked if your first pair of diabetic shoes isn’t the most comfortable set of footwear you’ve ever had.
I can’t afford them.
Almost every insurance plan in existence covers diabetic shoes, including Medicare. If you have insurance and you have diabetes, you’re almost certainly covered—as long as we identify a legitimate risk factor (such as poor circulation) and determine that diabetic shoes should be a part of your comprehensive management plan.
In fact, Medicare Part B will cover 80% of the approved cost of diabetic shoes and up to three pairs of inserts per year. (It’ll also cover custom shoes and two extra pairs of inserts, should you need to go that route.)
Bottom line, it’s very likely that they will cost you less out of pocket than buying normal pairs of shoes would—and that’s even before considering how expensive it is to deal with an ulcer or injury that you could have prevented.
I don’t know what to look for.
No problem, because we will take care of it for you.
Measuring your feet, fitting the shoes, fabricating the custom inserts, ordering, following-up with you afterward … we handle it all. All you really need to do is show up and pick out the style and color you like.
Are There Any Reasons NOT to Get Diabetic Shoes (if I Have Diabetes)?
(Faint chirping noises can be heard)
Not really, no. Like we said, they’re financially covered, convenient, and they could literally save your life. At the very least, they could save you a lot of future pain, injury, and money dealing with preventable foot problems.
The only “downside” is that you have to visit the doctor. But let’s be honest: you were going to spend at least that much time in the shoe store anyway, weren’t you?
And besides, you can count on our team to be extremely friendly, helpful, and professional. We want you to have the best experience you’ve ever had at a doctor’s office when you visit us—a lofty goal, but one we work hard to achieve!
So if you have diabetes and you don’t have a pair of diabetic shoes yet, you really have no excuse. Come on down and let us take care of everything for you!
You can request an appointment online, or call us directly at (405) 418-2676 to schedule.
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