Does Medicare Cover Podiatry?

Medicare Part B does cover podiatry if the treatment is considered medically necessary by a doctor. However, Medicare does not typically cover routine foot care or supportive devices (such as orthopedic shoes).

Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans also cover podiatry when it is medically necessary. Many Medicare Advantage plans also offer additional benefits that Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) doesn’t cover.

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Does Medicare cover podiatry for diabetics?

Medicare Part B covers foot exams and podiatrist care if you have a systemic condition that justifies this type of coverage.

Examples of the types of systemic conditions that require foot care that Medicare will cover include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Diabetes and diabetes-related nerve damage
  • Buerger’s disease (thromboangiitis obliterans)
  • Chronic thrombophlebitis
  • Arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO)
  • Peripheral neuropathies involving the feet

Medicare Part B may also cover medically necessary treatment for hammer toe, bunion deformities, heel spurs and other foot injuries and diseases.

Keep in mind that even if you have one or more of the conditions listed above, podiatry services must be considered medically necessary by your doctor to be covered by Medicare.

If you have diabetes, Medicare Part B may cover custom-molded diabetic therapeutic shoes and inserts.

How do Medicare Advantage plans work?

Medicare Advantage plans are available to beneficiaries enrolled in Original Medicare as an alternative to their Part A and Part B benefits.

Every Medicare Advantage plan must provide the same hospital and medical benefits as Original Medicare, and most Medicare Advantage plans provide additional benefits such as:

A licensed insurance agent can help you compare Medicare Advantage plans in your area so that you can find a plan that works for your needs.

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