INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DR.2 SHOES STORY
How do you get into the therapeutic shoe business?
When you’re a podiatrist trying to help treat a diabetic patient with a particularly stubborn case of chronic foot ulcers, it suddenly dawns on you about the genuine need for comfortable, properly-fitted footwear.
Your heart goes out to those who suffer from foot-pain associated with diabetes, arthritis and other foot-related injuries. Heavy, ill-fitted shoes hurt.
That observation led to the origins of Dr.2 Shoes, the iconic brand of diabetic shoes designed by a leading American podiatrist.
We understand the importance of protective footwear for people with diabetes and for the elderly who may have circulatory problems that impair their ability to sense danger underfoot. Our goal is to continue to develop, research and design the lightest, best-fitting, most comfortable wearing therapeutic shoes on the market.
Painless shoes. Fit before fashion. And the rest is diabetic shoe history with the Dr.2 Shoes brand today having a loyal legion of raving fans across North America.
What makes Dr.2 Shoes different?
What you will notice about Dr.2 Shoes footwear is the marriage of lightweight comfort and orthotic protection with contemporary design. Signature features include high, wide toe boxes to limit forefoot pressure, firm heel counters for extra stability and inserts with extra arch padding that mold to the foot like a custom-fitted shoe.
Here is diabetic-approved footwear you can trust and confidently recommend to your patients, assured these will be the lightest, most comfortable casual shoes, utility boots or athletic shoes, bar none.
Designed by a leading American podiatrist, Dr. 2 Shoes provides the ultimate in comfort and protection. Dr. 2 Shoes has many unique features including:
- three removable insoles for extra depth and a perfect fit
- rocker bottom for extra shock absorption and resilience
- high toe box to limit pressure at the toe area
- soft leather lining for breathability
- firm heel counter for stability
- orthotic inserts to equalize pressure over the entire foot surface, molded to the shape of the foot.
Dr. 2 Shoes has refined and mastered the science of therapeutic foot care and have the most stylish therapeutic shoe on the market. As the population continues to age, stylish therapeutic footware will be in demand. If life is a pain when feet hurt, then the ultimate foot care is achievable only through a combination of trained medical specialist and well-designed therapeutic footware.
What's Covered by Medicare?
- One pair of Depth Shoes.
- 3 pair of inserts.
A5500 For diabetics only, fitting (including follow-up), custom preparation and supply of off-the-shelf depth-inlay shoe manufactured to accommodate multi-density insert(s), per shoe.
K0628 For diabetics only, multiple density insert, direct formed, molded to foot after external heat source of 230 degrees fahrenheit or higher, total contact with patient¡¯s foot, including arch, base layer minimum of ¼ inch material of shore a 35 durometer, or 3/16 inch material of shore a 40 durometer (or higher), prefabricated, each.
Diabetic shoes, inserts and/or modifications are covered if the following criteria are met:
1) Patients who have diabetes mellitus (ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 250.00-250.91) and:
2) This patient has one or more of the following conditions:
- History of partial or complete amputation of the foot.
- History of previous foot ulceration.
- History of pre-ulcerative callus.
- Peripheral Neuropathy with evidence of callus formation.
- Foot deformity.
- Poor circulation.
3) The certifying physician, who is managing the patient's systemic diabetes condition has certified that indications (1) and (2) are met and that he/she is treating the patient under a comprehensive plan of care for his/her diabetes and that the patient needs diabetic shoes. The certifying physician must be an M.D. or D.O.
This policy requires that the certifying physician, providing the medical care for the diabetic condition must sign a statement that the conditions stated above are met.
The prescribing physician may be a podiatrist, M.D. or D.O. and should write the order for the therapeutic shoes, modifications, and inserts.
The supplier, the person or entity furnishing the shoes, modifications, or inserts may be a podiatrist, pedorthist, orthotist, prosthetist, or other qualified individual. The supplier should bill Medicare for the service.