November is National Diabetes Month, and while most health and wellness focus is on the statistics, symptoms and treatment, it’s essential to also emphasize proper footwear. High blood sugar or glucose damages many organs in the body but also has a severely adverse effect on nerves. This nerve damage happens because the small blood vessels, which supply blood and nutrients to the nerves, become impaired. When the nerves are no longer fed nutrients, they either die, or their signals to the brain are ineffective. Symptoms of numbness, tingling, stumbling, and foot injuries are common. The lack of brain signaling from the nerve endings makes it difficult for a person to feel pain in their foot, so often injuries and these disorders are overlooked. This syndrome is called peripheral diabetic neuropathy.
No Arch Support is Problematic
According to the Diabetic Council: Wearing flat shoes like; deck shoes, sandals, and flip flops do not give your arch enough support and can lead to plantar fasciitis or irritation of the plantar muscle that runs along the bottom of your foot. Also, wearing shoes that are too narrow can lead to rubbing and foot ulcers.
Protecting Your Feet
When you have diabetes, neuropathy is dangerous because it can prevent you from injuring yourself and also from feeling the extent of the injury. If you step on something or get cut, wounds are difficult to heal in diabetic feet. It can lead to life-threatening conditions. If the infection doesn’t heal, it can lead to amputation of the toes and limb.
Solution: Your feet will need a well-fitting shoe that doesn’t rub on any pressure points. You will also need extra room in the toes, excellent arch support, and ankle support. Purchasing shoes that support your foot comfortably is critical.
Exercise and Diabetes
It’s critical to talk with your physician about the right exercise plan for you. Most people can benefit from taking a brisk 30-minute walk or bike ride (depending on your level of fitness and health). Exercise increases circulation improves nutrient and oxygen rich blood flow and helps to build strength and also can support weight loss or weight management.
New Balance offers numerous types and styles of sneakers and they are also a well-sought after brand for those with diabetes. There are multiple styles, variances of arch support, cushioned soles, mesh, leather and the list goes on and on. Some New Balance styles were approved for A5501 diabetic Medicare code. It’s best to check with your doctor to see if you qualify for diabetic shoes through Medicare or from your insurance.
All medical reimbursement claims for A5500 Diabetic shoes are handled through Medicare. Please contact Medicare directly at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or reach out to your physician with any questions about this process.
*New Balance does not file with Medicare; it’s the patient’s responsibility
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