Metatarsalgia is a pain in the ball of the foot and unlike peripheral neuropathy, this can be directly linked to wearing the incorrect footwear such as high heels in women. Placing too much pressure, or bodyweight on the small area of the ball of the foot is what leads to sore, aching feet at the end of the day. You need to make sure you have the correct shoes for neuropathy.

Who is Eligible for Medicare Orthopedic Shoes for Neuropathy?

Medicare Part B is the part that deals with the fitting and furnishing of a pair of custom-molded shoes or inserts. It will also cover one pair of extra-depth shoes per year. Medicare will also offer two extra inserts in each calendar year for any custom molded shoes and three inserts per year for extra-depth shoes.

So Who is Eligible for these Benefits?

That would be any person who has diabetes or suffers from severe diabetic foot disease. It is important to note that a doctor, either a podiatrist, orthotist, prosthetist, pediothist or some other qualified doctor must prescribe these shoes or inserts for you to be eligible.

What About Costs?

If you have a supplier that will accept assignment, you will only have to pay 20% of the approved amount and of course the Part B deductible will apply. Therapeutic shoes will only be covered if your supplier is enrolled in Medicare. There are some strict standards that doctors and suppliers have to adhere to in order to enrol and remain enrolled in Medicare. If you doctor or supplier is not enrolled, Medicare will not pay any claims that they submit on your behalf.

What are Good Women’s Shoes for Neuropathy?

When you suffer from peripheral or diabetic neuropathy you need to ensure that you wear the correct footwear that will not only limit the effects but also prevent the condition from worsening. Gender specific shoes go a long way in ensuring you get the right amount of comfort and support you need whether you are a man or a woman. Men and women have different feet.  Men’s feet tend to be wider and larger than a woman’s and wearing a man’s shoe as a women will not necessarily provide you with the correct fit.

The fit of the shoe when you suffer from neuropathy is essential. It should not be too tight or loose and should follow the contour of your feet. Women have generally have a lot narrower feet than men and their shoes are designed to reflect these differences. There are a few shoes that offer the characteristics you will need to ensure that you get the comfort and support to enable you to manage your peripheral or diabetic neuropathy. Shoes so be seamless, soft and supportive. They should be able to accommodate swelling of the foot as well.

Women tend to suffer from swelling and edema more than men, and in fact generally tend to suffer from peripheral neuropathy at a higher rate of 1 in 4 as opposed to 1 in 5 for men. The shoes you choose should offer you the right width in the toe box to allow you to be able to move your toes comfortable.  The sole of the shoe should be designed to reduce the pressure on the balls of your feet.

Many women wear high heels and this increases the pressure on the balls of their feet, this can be somewhat negated by wearing platform heels which are not overly high in order to spread the pressure around the foot. Firm heel counters are all a necessity to enable you to cope with the pressure put on the heel when walking and standing.

Can you get foot Neuropathy Shoes for Men?

Men and women suffer from neuropathy of the foot. It is a common issue for diabetics to deal with no matter their gender. Women on the whole suffer from peripheral neuropathy more than men, but that does not negate the fact that men also have to deal with this kind of difficulty. Men’s feet are a lot different to women in size and width. They need a shoe that will accommodate these differences and will fit perfectly, especially when dealing with neuropathy of the foot. A lace-up, protective shoe is ideal for men who do a lot of standing or walking during their working day.

Again the shoe that you choose here should have a perfect fit. Not to tight and not to loose and with enough room to be able to move your toes comfortably. Toe boxes are designed to protect your toes and should give you a bit of room to move your toes comfortably. Wearing a shoe with soft, memory foam inserts go a long way in providing the support and comfort you require.  The insoles of the shoes should ideally be replaceable with orthotics if needed.

Again wearing a shoe with firm heel counters and ones that have soles that are designed to spread the bodyweight across the foot and not put too much of the pressure on the ball of the foot are what you are looking for. Rherapeutic and orthopedic shoes often feature a Plastazote design. This is a type of foam that will accommodate the pressure put on your feet while walking, standing or running and will customize to the shape of your foot.

This type of insert offers you not only the protection that you need when suffering from neuropathy but also the comfort. Men should check their feet regularly for injuries they may have sustained, especially if they have been wearing their favorite flip flops and suffer from diabetic neuropathy. As they will not be able to feel any injury, cold or wetness in their feet and if they do not determine if there is injury or not it could lead to further infections developing, which is what great footwear is designed to avoid.

Wearing a leather or suede shoe is ideal as these allow your foot to breathe and avoids the foot getting wet and sticky throughout the day. Men do not suffer from edema as much as women, although swelling of the foot can take place. When selecting your shoe you should endeavour to go after work or in the late afternoon for fitting. This is when your foot would have swollen, if you suffer from swelling of the feet, and it will allow you to choose a shoe that will be able to accommodate that swelling at the end of the day.


Gender specific shoes that cater for the problem associated with neuropathy of the foot whether it be peripheral or diabetic in nature are essential. Getting a shoe that fits you perfectly is the only way to keep your foot dry, cool, comfortable and supported throughout the day and having one that will protect not only your foot as a whole but your toes as well will not only help neuropathy but also Metatarsalgia.

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