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Health-care employees often spend entire shifts on their feet, so they cannot afford to take their feet for granted.
It is very important that you take care of your feet. Coverage is available to help with your foot care under the Extended Health Care Plan. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of foot-related conditions.
What is a podiatrist?
A podiatrist is a physician who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, or diabetic care.
Common reasons to see a podiatrist include:
- You have joint pain in the foot or ankle;
- You are diabetic;
- You have an ingrown toe nail; or
- You have foot ailments such as bunions, corns, or callouses.
Your benefit plan coverage
Charges for services provided by a legally licensed podiatrist, including X-rays, are covered to a maximum of $400 per insured person per calendar year.
Orthopedic shoes and orthotics, when prescribed by a physician or nurse practitioner, may also be eligible under the plan when determined by a biomechanical exam or gait analysis. Coverage is available to a maximum of $300 per insured person per calendar year.
For more details, please review the Extended Health Care Plan booklet available here.