Volume 24 - Issue 3 - March 2011
I am writing in regard to the feature article “Diagnosing and Treating Navicular Stress Fractures” (see page 52 in the November 2010 issue or see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/what-you-should-know-about-navicular-stress... ).
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Given the escalating prevalence of people with diabetes, chances are you will be seeing more and more patients in need of diabetic footwear. With this in mind, this author reviews recent changes in the Therapeutic Shoe Program for Diabetes and discusses how to navigate the paperwork trail to help ensure timely dispensing of shoes and appropriate reimbursement.
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The number of Americans with diabetes continues to escalate. Approximately 25.8 million people have diabetes, about 8.3 percent of the United States population, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is an increase of 2.2 million people since the last CDC estimates released in 2007. The new total includes 7 million people who are unaware that they have the disease.