Many diabetic patients qualify for free shoes through Medicare Part B and the Therapeutic Shoes for Diabetics Program.
Only shoes designated as “HCPCS Code A5500” are included in this program.
The Therapeutic Shoe Bill, enacted by Congress in 1993, provides proper footwear and inserts for people with diabetes who qualify under Medicare Part B benefits. The Therapeutic Shoe program was designed to help prevent lower limb ulcers, amputation, and other complications in people who are diagnosed with diabetes. Eligible beneficiaries qualify for one pair of shoes plus extra pairs of inserts and/or shoe modifications per calendar year. Oasis Footwear offers a full line of shoes (HCPCS A5500) and heat-moldable inserts (HCPCS A5512) that are covered under the Therapeutic Shoe Program. To participate in this program you must consult with your physician.
For more information click HERE to download a copy of the MediCare Benefits Policy Manual Chapter 15, Section 140 (Therapeutic Shoes for Individuals with Diabetes).