I have a patient who had a below knee amputation on right side. She was measured for diabetic shoes for her left foot and prosthetic right foot. What is the proper way to code right shoe? Is it A5500 as well?
If a patient is getting diabetic shoes dispensed and has one limb amputated, a provider would still bill for one unit of HCPCS code A5500 for each side. The difference in this circumstance is that diabetic shoe inserts (which would be billed under HCPCS code A5513 or A5514) would only be billed on the side where the patient does not have an amputation. In terms of modifiers, the same site modifiers would be used to distinguish between the left and right sides for the shoes and inserts. The number of units between the procedure codes would also be the same- one unit for each shoe, and three units for the side inserts are dispensed on.
Buy shoes that fit correctly. Buy comfortable shoes that provide support and cushioning for the heel, arch and ball of the foot. Avoid tightfitting shoes and high heels or narrow shoes that crowd your toes.
If one foot is bigger than the other, buy shoes in the larger size. Your provider may recommend specially designed shoes (orthopedic shoes). These shoes fit the exact shape of your feet, cushion your feet and make sure your weight is the same on both feet.
The company said shoppers have been asking for the new options for years, but the requests grew stronger in 2017 when it launched its Zappos Adaptive site, where it sells clothing and shoes that are easier to put on or take off for people with ranging abilities.
Nike has a small inventory of single shoes at their distribution center in Memphis, TN. Amputees who need only one shoe may cal Nike and tell them the size and type of shoe (running shoe, tennis shoe, etc.) that they need. This service is free of charge, and they ship to anywhere in the United States. However, expect about 3 weeks for delivery.
OddShoeFinder.com was started in 2007, and is an online shoe exchange. The site helps people with mismatched sized feet (or amputees) save money by allowing people to sell their own single shoes or mismatched pairs. The site has hundreds of listings in different sizes and styles.
The National Odd Shoe Exchange (N.O.S.E.) is a nonprofit association that assists people who have feet of two different sizes, or are an amputee and need only one shoe. They ship new, quality footwear to children, adults and seniors across the United States and Canada from their distribution center in Arizona.
You can drop off athletic shoes of any brand for recycling. To recycle your shoes through the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program, bring up to 10 pairs of shoes to any Reuse-A-Shoe collection location, which can be found at most Nike and Converse retail stores.
Thank you for this info. I have to wear a AFO on my left foor that requires a size 10. My right foor is a size 81/2. I only have one pair of shoes that I can wear with this brace, and they are both size 10. The right shoe looks terrible, because it is too big, and has completely lost its shape. I really need to find a place I can get 2 sizes. This info is very helpful!!
Great article. I love services that help people solve a problem. (ankle issues and I had a hard time finding a shoe that would accomodate my brace. If anyone in here needs them feels free to use my store.
Just wanted to let you know that I chatted with Nordstrom online today and the information about ordering online is no longer accurate. You must go in the store if you want the split size discount. So disappointing. I hate explaining. Just want to buy shoes like everyone else!
My son just bought a pair of Brooks athletic shoes, split sizes, at our local running store. They charged us the cost of one pair + $30 upcharge. Brooks is the only brand that they carry that will allow them to do this. Fits well over his right AFO.
Great information! I never realized how many people have this issue. I think I just have a bad gene in my DNA because my grandmother had the same problem I do. For some unknown reason my feet are different by two sizes. Shoe shopping has been a terrible experience my entire life. I cannot afford two pairs of shoes so I have to buy shoes that tie and fit the bigger foot. I have tried the wedges you stick on the heel and stuffing my toes, but my smaller foot (right) is always uncomfortable and develops blisters. Thanks for the information as I will be looking into all of these places.
What causes this discrpency?I noticed that my female friend has to wear mismatched size shoes.Riht foot 8.00 inches and left one is 8.5 inchesHer true size. Is it an orthopedic issue that she can go back to her normal size of 8 inches on her right foout?
Nike will split sizes if you call them directly. I just ordered the Flyease which has a zipper and much easier to put on with an AFO. If you need shoes faster you can order 2 different sizes and return the split size back.
My son was born with a club foot (right one). He is 12 now and the right foot is in a boys size 4 and the left one is in a mans size 8! My problem is getting both size shoes to match! Help! If anyone knows where I can go please let me know. Thank you.
Hi Tammy,My son have club foot on the left. Possible our boys can be shoe mate. Please contact me if you like to see if that can work out for us. Currently he is age 12 . right size is 7.5 and left is 4. 5.Here is my email Tosinderella@yahoo.comSindy
Do you Have any current info on the Odd Shoe Exchange website? It appears to still be taking listings but they are not replying to email questions, email verification requests or to posts on their Facebook page. I have tried to but shoes on two occasions over the past year but have received no response from the seller or Odd Shoe.
Antonia Saint shoes in Brooklyn, NYC, will allow us to order two different shoe sizes at no additional cost. Whether your feet are two different sizes or not, they also encourage two pairs to be sent, which you DO have to pay for up front, but returns are free. Beautiful, hand made, upscale shoes. They have only dress/professional shoes.
Due to polio at a young age, my wife wears a 5 and a half on the right foot, and an 8 and a half on the left. We are looking for someone who would surprise us with shoes of those sizes. We would then surprise them with OUR opposites. Perhaps these swaps would continue for a long time.Gil
Popular online shoe retailer Zappos just launched a refreshingly inclusive shopping experience, in which single and different sized shoes are now available for purchase. The pilot program is the first-of-its-kind, and allows customers with physical disabilities the opportunity to purchase exactly what they need for their specific situation.
For decades, Luan Qiping's dream was to own a pair of comfortable shoes. Born in northeast China's Liaoning Province, he was diagnosed with polio when he was only 8 months old, which left him with foot deformities. For over six decades, he's been walking on feet of different sizes and valgus ankles.
In 2007, Luan came across two amputee friends, one wearing only a left shoe while another only the right one. After learning they had the same shoe size, Luan came to the idea that he could be a "matchmaker" for other amputees who also share this nuisance.
He decided to create a chat group named "One Shoe Bank" on QQ, a popular messaging app in China. People who needed either a left or a right shoe could exchange their shoes through the group. As more and more people wanted to join, Luan established more chat groups, with eventually over 5,000 members.
Luan thought creating a matchmaking platform was all he could do for the community of Chinese amputees and then in 2010, a surprise came in the form of some 20,000 shoes sent from shoe factories in the eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou, known as one of China's major shoe manufacturing hubs, with the help of the Liaoning Foundation for Disabled Persons.
After learning about their effect on the environment, he decided to go to shoe factories to collect disposable single shoes, pick comfortable ones and deliver them to people who needed them. Luan said most factories he visited responded well to the idea.
News of Luan's initiative spread. People from other provinces began volunteering to lend Luan a hand. After receiving Luan's package of single shoes, these volunteers would distribute them to those in need. So far, more than 300 people from across the country have volunteered their services.
In the past 14 years, 60,000 single shoes have been given out by the "One Shoe Bank" throughout China. For Luan, the "Bank" has become a career. He says seeing the daily struggle of people with physical disability gives him a sense of responsibility.
There are more than 24 million people with physical disabilities in China, among which 2.26 million are amputees. Roughly 1.81 million lost one leg but some 60 percent of lower limb amputees do not use a prosthesis, according to the National Research Center for Rehabilitation Technical Aids.
To help people who need single shoes buy footwear more easily, Chinese online shopping platform Tmall, a spin-off of e-commerce giant Alibaba, and China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF) launched a program called "One Shoe" in November.
Under the program, seven sportswear brands cooperated with each other, providing single shoes that are sold at half price and packaged in half-sized shoe-boxes. Through this program, consumers can buy and pay for one shoe only instead of a complete pair.
The idea of the program originated from Wang Shengtian from Alibaba's marketing department. This summer, he talked to a friend with disability about the shoes. During the conversation, Wang felt his friend's distress when it came to buying a single suitable shoe.
"I was very excited to find this program because it offered me the choice to buy a single shoe," said Zhu Yunfeng, a 25-year-old amputee athlete who has been preparing to compete in cross-country skiing and high-jump events during the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics. 781b155fdc