I don't even begin to know what to tell you about handling different kinds of insurance. I guess it really depends on where you live in the United States or around the world. There are different policies that cover different things. But here's what I'm going to tell you: the most important thing you can do (in addition to checking yourself) is getting in to see your foot doctor. If you do that, along with seeing another member of the diabetes team, your relative risk for getting a high level amputation or other complications like that goes way down - anywhere from 20% to sometimes over 80% depending on the problem that you have. These are really phenomenal numbers. Some things are covered by an insurance company and some things aren't. Sometimes that includes different kinds of shoes and insoles that might be really important. Sometimes it includes certain kinds of checkups that are really, really important. But what I can tell you is: try to make the best effort you can to get in for that prevention. I promise you - your doctor and your nurse, if they're worth their salt (and I bet they are) they're going to work with you to try to make a difference there as well. If you find that happy medium, often that happy medium is a place where you can have a much lower risk for amputation and a higher risk for a high quality life.

Doctor Profile

David Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD

Podiatric Surgeon

  • Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • Founder and co-Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA)
  • Founder and co-chair of the International Diabetic Foot Conference (DF-Con) – the largest annual international symposium on the diabetic foot in the world

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