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    Does Medicare Cover Compression and Diabetic Socks?

    does medicare cover compression or diabetic socks

     

    Did your doctor tell you that you should wear compression or diabetic socks? What is this all about?

    Compression socks are often prescribed for varicose veins and leg swelling. They are also great for preventing that tired and achy feeling you experience when you're on your feet all day. Compression hosiery is also recommended after surgery if you must stay in bed for a long time.

    Just like compression socks, diabetic socks are specially designed to provide comfort and protection for the special needs of those with diabetes. Diabetes often leads to circulation problems, especially in the legs. Socks that don’t dig in to the legs and impair circulation are so helpful for preventing foot ulcers and for comfort.

    Since your doctor prescribed these socks and said they are important for your health, they must be covered by Medicare right?

    Nope. Medicare and most medical insurance plans do not cover compression or diabetic socks. Even with a prescription from your doctor they are a non-covered service.

    There is one exception. If graduated compression stockings are specifically prescribed for treatment of open venous stasis ulcers, they might be covered as they may be seen as wound dressings. But there are certain conditions to meet. Medicare will only cover the cost of gradient compression stockings that are worn below the knee and deliver compression greater than 30 mmHg and less than 50 mmHg. The coverage doesn't apply to compression socks prescribed for treatment of circulation issues, varicose veins, or to prevent ulcers.

    Always contact the insurance company to confirm whether or not you have coverage before making your purchase.

    Given this, why not buy compression and diabetic socks you like instead of the ones presented to you at the medical supply store or corner drug store? At Ease Living we sell socks that would be at home on the runway and that would make your doctor smile. Click here to see the collections of compression and diabetic socks you will want to wear.

     

    Diabetes and Compression Socks

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    You have reached the point in your life where you have learned that socks aren’t just socks. They can actually serve a purpose and help or hurt your health. I get a lot of questions about diabetic socks vs compression socks. Are they the same? Should diabetics wear compression socks?

    Some answers.

    Diabetic patients have a high risk of developing serious foot problems. Circulatory issues and neuropathy can leave diabetics more prone to foot ulcers and injuries that can quickly turn into serious complications. Good foot care is very important when you suffer from diabetes.

    Read on and learn more.

    What are compression socks?

    Compression socks are tight-fitting socks that apply gradient pressure to the feet and legs to improve circulation.These socks prevent pooling of blood in the feet and lower legs and help to assist blood back up the veins to the heart.

    They are often recommended for management and treatment of varicose veins, muscle fatigue, edema and other circulatory problems.

    Compression socks are often plain colors like white, beige and black. But you don't have to settle for boring. Shop for cute and stylish compression socks. 

    What are diabetic socks?

    Diabetic socks are designed to minimize foot injuries and keep the blood flowing.  They can be non binding which means the cuff at the top of the sock won't dig in to your leg and disturb your circulation.  They sometimes have seamless toes and are made from moisture wicking fabrics. 

    Like compression socks, many diabetic socks are available in solid colors. Our non-binding socks come in florals, stripes, argyles and even with pets or nature. Shop men's and women's patterned non-binding socks.

    You can see that diabetic socks are very different from compression socks and that they offer opposite benefits.

    Can diabetes patients benefit from use of compression socks?

    Compression socks are effective in managing conditions like edema and venous insufficiency that affects diabetic patients. But tight compression socks can restrict blood flow in the feet which is a problem area for diabetics. But some people suffer from both poor circulation and from swelling. A recent study found that socks with light compression can improve the edema without worsening circulation in those with diabetes. If you suffer from both edema and diabetes, these lightweight compression socks might be perfect for you.

    Speak to your doctor if you’re concerned about circulation and the fit of your socks. And always keep an eye on your feet if you are diabetic.

    See Ease Living's curated selection of compression socks and diabetic socks for options far beyond boring black and beige. 

     

    Why Should You Wear Non-Binding Socks?

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    Have you ever taken off your socks at the end of the day only to have a ring indented around your calf for the next few hours? This isn't good for your legs for so many reasons. Decreased circulation can lead to leg pain and decreased sensation in your feet. If you suffer from leg swelling, tight socks can make it worse as the blood vessels are constricted by the tight elastic making it harder for blood to flow. 
    Diabetic? Non binding socks are essential. High blood sugar levels can cause damage to both the circulatory and nervous systems leading to a higher risk of foot injuries and infection. The nerve damage, known as neuropathy, can decrease awareness that an injury from a cut or rubbing socks or shoes has occurred which makes infection more likely. Allowing for circulation helps to prevent these wounds from occurring and allows for better healing if they do occur. 
    Ease Living's Solution? Our Non-Binding Socks for Men and WomenThe non-elasticized honeycomb top keeps your socks up while not leaving behind any indents while the 80% cotton, 20% nylon keeps your feet comfortable and dry. And the best part? They don't only come in in boring beige and black - they come in colors and patterns. Available in sizes for men or women in 3 packs in an array of choices. See some of the options below.
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    You do have options when it comes to socks for healthy legs.