Diabetic Shoe Fitting

Diabetic shoes sometimes referred to as extra depth or therapeutic shoes, are specially designed shoes or inserts intended to reduce the risk of skin breakdown in diabetics with co-existing foot disease. People with decreased feeling in their feet may have a false sense of security as to how much at risk their feet actually are. An ulcer under the foot can develop in a couple of hours. 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. In addition to meeting strict guidelines, diabetic shoes must be prescribed by a physician and fit by a qualified individual. The shoes must also be equipped with a removable orthotic. Foot orthotics are devices such as shoe inserts, arch supports, or shoe fillers such as lifts, wedges and heels. The diabetic shoes and customized insoles work together as a preventative system to help diabetics avoid foot injuries and improve mobility.

Belew Drugs is your best choice for Diabetic Shoes, also known as Therapeutic Shoes. Why should you choose Belew Drugs? There are several good reasons:

  • Belew Drugs has Melinda Crowley, a full time Certified Fitter of Therapeutic Shoes on staff. Melinda will spend the time needed for thorough examination and counseling so you will understand the benefits of therapeutic shoes so the two of you together will be able to establish your goals to achieve the desired benefits.
  • Belew Drugs Broadway & Belew Drugs Washington Pike both have private rooms for consultation and fitting where you can be comfortable putting yourself in Melinda‚Äôs hands, literally, for an expert fitting of the shoe of your choice.
  • Belew Drugs sells all of the leading brands of Therapeutic Shoes including the popular Dr Comfort and StrideLite lines we recently added in response to popular demand, so you can rest assured that we can fit you with the brand and style you want and the one best for your foot care.

What you Need To Know

Every year about 38,000 people with diabetes have a lower extremity amputation. Therapeutic shoes are prescribed by clinicians specializing in foot care to prevent foot ulcerations and amputations among at-risk patients with diabetes. Medicare ran a 3-year demonstration of a therapeutic-shoe benefit for beneficiaries with diabetes and in May 1993 Medicare added the benefit nationwide.

Medicare Diabetic Shoe Benefit

Medicare covers therapeutic shoes and inserts for beneficiaries who have Medicare Part B, have diabetes, and are being treated under a comprehensive plan of care. This benefit includes either 1 pair of custom-molded (including inserts provided with such shoes) and two additional pairs of inserts, or one pair of depth shoes and three pairs of inserts (not including the non-customized removable inserts provided with such shoes). Medicare beneficiaries pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after meeting the yearly Medical Part B deductible.

Download: Medicare Benefit Policy Manual

Why Purchase Diabetic Shoes?

Proper foot care is an important part of diabetes management. In fact, diabetics are at an extremely increased risk of serious foot disorders. Foot problems are the most common diabetes complication leading to hospitalizations. Ulcers or sores on the feet can be caused by improper shoe gear that can result in infection and possible amputations.

Studies show that the well fitted diabetic shoes with molded insoles reduce the development of these ulcers and sores. By starting preventative measures early, it is possible to avoid later foot complications and will enable you to maintain an independent active lifestyle.

Our Certified Fitter

Melinda Braden, Certified Fitter

(865) 525-4189


Diabetic Socks

Everything sensitive feet need!

  • Smooth Toe Technology
  • Loose Fit Top
  • No Binding or Sagging
  • Minimal Compression
  • Luxuriously Soft
  • Lightweight
  • Good For: Diabetes, Travel, Circulatory Problems, Neuropathy, Edema
  • 3 Pairs/Pack
  • Five Year Guarantee
  • Made in USA

Diabetes, as everyone knows, can lead to other medical issues. Foot ailments are among the most problems associated with diabetes. With diabetes the risk of foot ulcers increases drastically as well as poor circulation, loss of sensation and delayed wound healing. Providing your feet with the proper support and comfort can make a big difference. Diabetic socks are a simple, easy and convenient way to help keep your feet healthy.

Diastar™ Comfy Feet™ Diabetic Socks are designed to control moisture and thereby reduce the risk of infection and bacterial growth. Made of cotton blends, diabetic socks are softer and more skin friendly than regular socks and extra thickness provided added cushioning safety and comfort.