Footcare: Why is keeping up with it important?
It’s easy to forget about how much our feet do for us! Feet are responsible for keeping us balanced, standing upright, and walking. Taking care of your feet should be a priority, and that doesn’t just mean getting a pedicure every few months.
How do we keep our feet healthy? Seeing a podiatrist regularly is a great first step! What’s a podiatrist? Podiatrists are medical professionals trained to treat problems related to the feet or lower legs, as well as keep them healthy before they become an issue.
Preventative foot care
Making sure to take care of your feet before problems arise is the key to great foot health. Even if you aren’t having issues with your feet currently, routinely seeing a podiatrist is a good idea.
- Taking care of your feet takes care of the rest of your body: When your feet are hurting or overexerted, you may be relying on other parts of your body to compensate for balance and mobility, such as your back and joints. Seeing a podiatrist regularly makes sure that any issues with your feet, including your toe nails, are taken care of before potentially injuring you!
- Footcare and diabetes: Individuals who have diabetes are at a higher risk of developing foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, infection or ulcers. Making sure to see a doctor regularly about your feet will help them spot issues early. Additionally, your podiatrist may recommend custom-molded therapeutic shoes, which protect from injury due to having a thicker sole. If this is the case, you can expect to have an appointment for sizing and for creating impressions of each foot, then a follow-up appointment in which your shoes are delivered to you and your foot doctor ensures they fit properly. Depending upon the number of orders currently in process, these therapeutic shoes can take up to a few months to be delivered to your doctor’s office, so be sure to plan ahead.
Does Medicare Cover Footcare?
Medicare Part B will cover treatment related to diabetes as well as foot care under instances where treatment is medically necessary due to injury or disease. In these cases, you will be responsible for 20% coinsurance and Part B premiums. Medicare does not cover routine foot care such as callus removal, trimming nails, or other hygienic services. Because there is limited coverage regarding foot care, it is especially important to keep up with preventative care. Your podiatrist can help you avoid foot-related issues that you might deal with when neglecting your lower extremities.
Speak to a Licensed Agent Today
1-800-991-4407 / TTY 711
Mon-Thu 8am-11pm, Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm EST
e-TeleQuote Insurance Inc. (“e-TeleQuote”), an affiliate of Primerica, Inc., does business as easyMedicare® in all states other than California, Florida and New Mexico. e-TeleQuote is a duly licensed insurance agency appointed by Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO and PFFS plans and stand-alone prescription drug plans and insurance companies holding Medicare contracts approved by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). e-TeleQuote is not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. Government or the Federal Medicare Program. Enrollment in any plan for coverage is subject to insurance company approval. Enrollment in the plan depends on the plan’s contract renewal with Medicare. By using e-TeleQuote’s easyMedicare website, you understand and agree that in California, Florida and New Mexico, we operate as e-TeleQuote Insurance, Inc. (Your IP address and/or location coordinates may be gathered to verify your location.) Sales agents/producers may be compensated based on your enrollment in a health plan. Medicare Supplement plans are not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. Government or the Federal Medicare program. e-TeleQuote complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. easyMedicare.com is a non-government site, powered by e-TeleQuote Insurance, Inc. e-TeleQuote provides a secure way to purchase Medicare insurance from the comfort of your home or workplace. We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1–800–MEDICARE to get information on all of your options.
Last Updated: August 22, 2022 MULTIPLAN_ETQEZMwebsite_0722_C