Can I Buy Shoes With a Flex Spending Debit Card?

You can buy medical shoes with a flexible spending account.
You can buy medical shoes with a flexible spending account. (Image: Credit cards (shallow DoF) image by Andrejs Pidjass from

A flexible spending account, or FSA, makes health-care purchases more convenient because the policyholder can use a debit card linked to the account. You might be able to buy shoes with your FSA debit card if you need those shoes for a medical reason.


Orthopedic shoes are a legitimate medical expense often covered under a flexible spending account plan, but you should check with your policy to make sure, according to the human resources department at Loyola University in Chicago.


Some FSA plans might cover only the cost of custom-fitting regular shoes for your orthopedic needs.


Make sure you have enough money in your FSA account to cover the cost of orthopedic shoes. Your FSA debit card is limited to the amount you put in the account.

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