Diabetic Services

Welcome to Community Pharmacy and our Diabetic Shoe Program!

We are excited to serve you in protecting your feet from breakdown and/or ulceration by using properly fitted diabetic footwear. Our Certified Pedorthist is here to assist you in this important process. Please be aware that you must have Medicare Part B and meet the qualifying conditions for diabetic shoes (see Guide to Clinical Notes to understand what qualifies and must be noted in your chart when you see your Doctor for foot exam). Be aware that we are not contracted with Medicare Advantage Plans. Please follow the instructions below so that we can expedite the process of getting you into your new shoes.

  1. Print the Detailed Written Order to take to your Medical Doctor (MD or DO) to complete. The prescription must be specific as to the exact type and number of inserts your doctor decides you need.
  2. Print the Statement of Certifying Physician AND the Guide to Clinical Notes to take to your Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) who is treating you for your diabetes (cannot be NP or Podiatrist) and have them fill out these forms completely as well as provide notes from your chart specifically addressing the qualifying condition of your feet and the need for shoes.
  3. Once we receive all the completed paperwork, our office will call you to schedule an appointment. Please make sure that you bring your Medicare card (red, white and blue), driver’s license or picture ID and finally, your supplemental insurance card to your scheduled appointment.
  4. Our Pedorthist will evaluate you and your needs and order the appropriate footwear required for you.
  5. You should receive your shoes and inserts within 1-2 weeks of your evaluation.
  6. Upon delivery of your therapeutic footwear, we will be glad to bill your insurance for you. You will be required to pay any co-pays and/or deductibles at time of delivery. Also know that Medicare may reject payment and require that the patient pay for footwear.
  7. If you have any questions regarding your insurance or the billing of your claim, you may call our office at 940-382-1618.
  8. Make sure you continue to visually inspect your feet daily, or have a friend or a loved one help you. If you notice any red spots, please call our office immediately. Rotate your inserts throughout the year. Inserts have an average life of 3-4 months. Visually inspect them for signs of wear or breakdown. If you have any questions, please call our office to schedule a follow appointment with our Pedorthist.

Proper foot care is an important part of diabetic 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. Foot ulcers can be caused by improper shoe gear that can result in an infection and possible amputation. Studies show that well fitted diabetic shoes with moldable insoles reduce the development of ulcers.

Take a minute to review the following statistics:

  • Diabetics are 46 times more likely to have an amputation.
  • 26.7% will have another amputation within one year of the first one.
  • 48.3% will have another amputation within three years of the first one.
  • 60.7% will have another amputation within five years of the first one.
  • 50% of all diabetics are dead within 3 years of an amputation.
  • 65% of all diabetics are dead within 5 years of an amputation.

Medicare realized the need to reduce the incidence of diabetic foot complications that can result in expensive hospitalizations. For this reason, Medicare will cover this service for those patients with or without a history of foot complications.

Please call or visit the pharmacy for additional information on this service.

At Community Pharmacy we offer Simplify My Meds a FREE service that synchronizes your monthly prescriptions so they are all due to be filled the same day. This means one trip to the pharmacy each month instead of one trip for each prescription! This is a great money and time saver and we can even synchronize an entire household for your convenience.

Questions stop by or call us at 940-382-1618

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What Is Venous Insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency is a condition in which the valves of the veins fail to function. This interferes with venous return to the heart and causes blood to pool in the vein. Factors leading to venous insufficiency include venous stasis, changes or damage to the vein wall or valve.

Venous insufficiency can lead to varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombophlebitis, blood clots, and changes in the skin, including leg ulcers.

Why Compression Works

Compression therapy is the application of external pressure to the limb to reduce venous pressure within the limb. This means wearing socks or stockings that are specially designed to support your veins and increase circulation. To be most effective, the socks or stockings should be put on at the start of your day and removed before you go to bed.

Remember that the heart attempts to pump blood against gravity up the veins of the legs. As a person walks, the regular contraction and relaxation of the calf muscles around the veins are necessary to help move blood towards the heart.

Some people have an inherited weakness of the vein walls or valves which create additional challenges to venous circulation. Wearing SIGVARIS compression socks or stockings is vital for the prevention and treatment of varicose veins and other circulatory problems, especially for individuals who are at risk.

Information extracted from and available at www.sigvarisusa.com.