Why buy a diabetic shoe?

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.   TOP

Can a Diabetic Shoe help?

Studies show that the well fitted diabetic shoes with moldable 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. This is why the shoes and insoles distributed by Tender Feet are an excellent first step towards better foot health.   TOP

Who should wear Prescription shoes?

The condition of your feet is addressed by the physician who is familiar with the patient. The shoes distributed by Tender Feet are for the patient at risk for foot complications. Especially if the patient already has any type of mild foot deformity, ulcer or amputation. Nothing can replace the experience in the shoe distributed by Tender Feet Shoes.   TOP

What is a Comfortable Prescription Shoe?

The prescription shoes should have enough room to accommodate the foot. It should also be roomy enough for any deformities present. Shoe should be designed to have support on the plantar (sole) surface to cushion high pressure areas. Poorly fitted footwear is one of the commonest causes of ulceration. The shoes distributed by Tender Feet meet all of these specifications.   TOP

How often should I wear my prescription shoes?

Patients at risk must use correct footwear at all times. Inappropriate footwear is a common cause of skin ulcers. Diabetic shoes can be prescribed by a foot care specialist or a primary care physician.

The correct shoe should be worn for different activities. If the correct shoe is not available for the activity, the diabetic should not participate in that activity. The shoes distributed by Tender Feet are great for comfort and style, as well as the therapeutic value. Most activities can be enjoyed with shoes from TenderFeet.   TOP

So, I should wear my shoes ALL the time?

Shoes MUST be worn all of the time. Anytime there is weight on the feet, indoors or out, a proper fitted shoe should be worn. A shoe should be worn, even for trips to the bathroom at night. The diabetic patient should sit in a chair in the shower, rather than stand without shoes. Swim shoes are recommended for pool activities. Activities, such as running, tennis, baseball, and other sports that produce high stress on the feet should be avoided entirely. Bicycle is a good over allexercise that does not require foot stress. The diabetic patient should check his/her feet at least twice a day for ulcerations.   TOP

My feet swell. Will Diabetic Shoes help?

Diabetic feet tend to swell at different times of the day. Many of the shoes distributed by TenderFeet have a Velcro closure to allow this adjustment and leave enough room for the swelling. Compression Socks can be worn also, for extra support for high volume swelling.   TOP

What about insoles For Diabetic Feet?

Leather shoes without these insoles can be as bad as walking barefooted. The insoles must have enough room for the toes. The insole should be changed every 4-6 months, or when it appears worn-out. This should be fitted by a professional. Prescription insoles from TenderFeet are recommended with shoes from TenderFeet.   TOP

What is the Insole made of, and Why?

The base layer is 3/16” STRATUS EVA Compound; Shore A Durometer of 40 + and the top layer of 1/8” Plastazote Memory Foam. This material is less abrasive to the surface skin. The protection and cushioning of the foot reduces friction and evenly distributes weight throughout the othosis. The contoured design ensures a good fit inside shoes from Tender Feet. This insole should be changed 2-3 times a year

Meets and exceeds updated Medicare K0628 Code for reimbursement

  • Designed to be used with all manufacturer’s shoes
  • Heat Moldable and provides maximum protection for the diabetic foot
  • Full length and Multi Density specially designed for the diabetic foot   TOP

Can my primary care physician write the prescription?

The footwear for the diabetic patient is prescribed by a doctor. Most patients who are at risk for complications are referred to a foot care professional for routine nail and callus care. Footwear issues are typically addressed by the professional who performs these services. Many times however, the primary care clinician becomes involved in the footwear prescription and/or assessment. The primary care physician is not always "up to speed" as to the principles of proper diabetic footwear. We will be glad to talk to your doctor to explain the benefits of shoes from TenderFeet.   TOP

Is surgery the answer?

Patients who will not use proper foot wear, many times will have surgery to try to "CURE" the problem. Surgery does NOT cure the problem. Surgery can "repair" clawed toes, remove exostoses (bony growth caused by trauma) on toes, correct hallux valgus (bending of big toe inward), reconstruct Charcot feet, and lengthen the Achilles tendon. Surgery offers relief to patients with good circulation and neuropath ulceration that will not stay healed because the patient refuses to wear a proper fit shoe. But some of the problems being repaired by surgery can reoccur, so proper shoes are imperative. The comfort of a shoe from Tender Feet will be recognized fast and make it enjoyable to walk again.   TOP

Medicare Payments for Diabetic Shoes

A diabetic who is involved in a comprehensive diabetic management regimen, is eligible for re-imbursement of some of the footwear costs. The diabetic patient can order one pair of shoes from TenderFeet and 3 pair of inserts per year, and expect to be reimbursed by Medicare, 80% of the cost of the shoes and inserts. Many insurance companies will also reimburse in line with Medicare.   TOP