Foot Care Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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  1. Does Medicare cover routine foot care? (Reviewed 10/23/14)
  2. What kinds of services does Medicare regard as routine foot care? (Reviewed 10/23/14)
  3. What is a "systemic disease"? (Reviewed 10/23/14)
  4. How often will Medicare pay for nail trimming? (Reviewed 10/23/14)
  5. I live by myself and cannot see very well. I need help taking care of the calluses on my feet and trimming my nails. Will Medicare pay my doctor to perform these services? (Reviewed 10/23/14)
  6. What kinds of doctors can perform foot care? (Reviewed 10/23/14)

All FAQs are current as of the date noted next to the question.

  1. Does Medicare cover routine foot care? (Reviewed 10/23/14)

    In most cases, Medicare does not cover routine foot care, such as trimming nails or removing calluses. However, Medicare may cover routine foot care when:

    • The services would be unsafe if someone other than a doctor performs them because you have a serious medical condition affecting your whole body (such as diabetes).
    • There are signs of fungus in the nails, and you have pain, infection, or problems walking.

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  1. What kinds of services does Medicare regard as routine foot care? (Reviewed 10/23/14)

    Services considered routine foot care include:

    • The cutting or removal of corns or calluses
    • The trimming, cutting, or clipping of nails
    • The debridement of nails
    • Cleaning and soaking the feet
    • The use of creams to maintain skin tone
    • Any service performed when there is not an illness, injury, or symptom involving the feet

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  1. What is a "systemic disease"? (Reviewed 10/23/14)

    A systemic disease is a disease that affects your whole body. One such disease is diabetes.

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  3. How often will Medicare pay for nail trimming? (Reviewed 10/23/14)

    Medicare may cover this service once every 60 days, if your condition meets Medicare guidelines.

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  5. I live by myself and cannot see very well. I need help taking care of the calluses on my feet and trimming my nails. Will Medicare pay my doctor to perform these services? (Reviewed 10/23/14)

    In most cases, Medicare does not cover routine foot care, such as trimming nails or removing calluses, even if you cannot do them yourself. Medicare may covers routine foot care when:

    • The services would be unsafe if someone other than a doctor performs them because you have a serious medical condition affecting your whole body, (such as diabetes).
    • There are signs of fungus in the nails, and you have pain, infection, or problems walking.

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  1. What kinds of doctors can perform foot care? (Reviewed 10/23/14)

    Any health care provider may perform foot care, if the care is within the scope of his or her license, as defined by State law.

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Page Last Updated: Thursday, 30-Oct-2014 14:23:23 CDT