Custom Footwear, Insoles & Inserts for the Diabetic Foot
For individuals with diabetes, customized insoles or inserts for your footwear support the foot, helping prevent foot ulcers. Since diabetic foot ulcers can lead to amputation, the simple step of introducing supportive, custom-made insoles or inserts to your shoe could potentially save your foot.
If your diabetes has advanced to what doctors call “charcot foot”, custom shoes become a necessity. Charcot foot, a condition caused by diabetes which leads to deformation, causes enough change to foot shape that off-the-shelf shoes and boots no longer fit. Sometimes the foot becomes flat, while in other cases the sole rounds outward. For patients with charcot foot, custom-made orthopedic shoes reduce discomfort and improve walking posture. This reduces your odds of developing foot ulcers in the future.
Your new custom footwear or orthotic insoles begin with a full assessment of your posture and how you move.
AADL covers 75% or 100% of custom shoes for diabetes patients, dependent on your financial situation.
NIHB covers 100% if the footwear is approved.
WCB covers 100% if you have prior approval from your WCB case manager.
The Canadian military will cover 100% of your custom orthopedic footwear with prior approval.
Private health insurance covers custom-made orthopedic footwear. In most cases the coverage is sufficient to cover the 25% not covered by AADL; be sure to check your policy. Your policy will also specify what you need for approval.