Does Medicare cover routine foot care?
“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 may qualify for routine foot care every two months, provided that you have seen your general doctor six months prior to your routine foot care visit.
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.