Medicare Artificial Feet

February 15, 2012 - 4:35 AM
From left, the microprocessor controlled ankle/foot prosthetic, shock foot vertical loading pylon prosthetic and the flexible keel foot prosthetic, are seen at Orthotic Prosthetic Center, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Fairfax, Va. Medicare’s bill for artificial feet rose nearly 60 percent in recent years, although foot and leg amputations due to diabetes continued a dramatic decline. Medicare paid $94 million for artificial feet in 2010, according to research conducted for The Associated Press. That was nearly $35 million more than in 2005, even though in 2010, Medicare covered about 1,900 fewer such prostheses. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)