En español | “Routine” foot care means toenail clipping and the removal of corns and calluses. Medicare doesn’t cover these except in specific circumstance. But it does cover treatments that Medicare considers medically necessary. For example:
- If you have foot problems that are caused by conditions such as diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic kidney disease, or inflammation of the veins related to blood clots.
- If the act of toenail clipping would be hazardous to your health unless done by a professional, such as a podiatrist.
- If you have diabetes, diabetic peripheral neuropathy or loss of sensation in your feet, you qualify for a foot test every six months, provided that you haven’t seen a foot care specialist for another reason between visits.
- If you have diabetes, Medicare may cover custom-molded therapeutic shoes or inserts.
In all these situations (and others that may qualify for Medicare coverage of foot care), you need your doctor or a podiatrist to provide evidence that the care is medically necessary.