Cases of Fraud in Orthotics
Case study #1: “Shoe Modifications”
A practitioner charged this patient $640 for a “modified orthopaedic shoe”.
Shoe medial arch support = $260.00
Toe box stretching =$140.00
Heel reinforcement = $120.00
Ecco Shoe = $120.00
Grand Total= $640.00
The Ecco shoe was priced accurately at $120.00. The stick-on arch pad (light blue in the picture) costs $1.00 and neither the toe box stretching nor the heel reinforcement were actually performed. The true cost of the shoe with “modifications” was around $130.00 representing a $510.00 up-charge.
This type of fraud was intentional deception on the part of the practitioner, likely because the thought the patient’s insurance company wouldn’t question the charges.
Case #2: Custom-made orthotic
This family paid $450.00 for what they were told were custom-made orthotics (beige orthotic in the foreground).
After 3-months of continuing to play soccer with this “orthotics”, the 15- year old developed tibial stress fractures and sought a second opinion. The original “orthotics” were cut out a piece of 3mm rubber in the shape of the young man’s soccer shoe liner and placed into his shoes.
The real custom-made foot orthotic (black one in the background) illustrates what was missing in the first…
This practitioner’s negligence resulted in a child playing soccer with the tibial stress fractures and the family was grossly overcharged for a piece of rubber.
Other articles you will find interesting:
- A Closer Look on Orthoses
- Feet Still Sore? You’ll be Surprised When You Read This About Orthotics!
- Watch Out for Fraud in Foot Orthoses!
- What Orthotic Technology Gives Accurate Information About Your Foot?
- The Mechanics of Running and the Need for an Orthotic
- Do You Know The Real Cost of “Free” Shoes?
- What is the Evidence for Using Foot Orthoses?