Independence for Patients

The MedSupply Orthotics and Prosthetics Division of MedSupply provides uncompromised care and unparalleled service, promoting the highest level of our patient’s recovery, independence and function. Having the proper prosthetic or orthotic device is essential to a patient’s recovery and return to a quality lifestyle.

Custom Fit and Pre-Fabricated Devices

MedSupply’s certified and highly trained clinicians can supply custom-fit and custom made devices, which are designed to increase mobility while decreasing healing time. We know comfort, fit and effectiveness are critical to the success of a patient’s treatment; we are committed to helping each patient reach his/her goal.

That’s why we take the extra time and care to make every effort to help patients maximize their rehabilitation goals.

Certified Prosthetist and Orthotists

Our certified clinicians ensure the proper fit and usage of every orthotic and prosthetic provided. For nearly a decade, MedSupply continues to offer uncompromised customer service and quality products. Let us help you find the right orthotic or prosthetic to meet your needs.

We Provide Solutions

At MedSupply we provide solutions for questions that arise about fit, comfort, and convenience. Every effort is made to make the process quick and easy for each orthotic or prosthetic patient.

MedSupply offers:

  • Physician Communication & Consultation
  • Pre and Post-Operative Consultation
  • Home Visits (for home-bound patients)
  • Hospital Visits
  • Nursing Home Visits
  • In-Office Visits (by appointment)
  • Custom Fabrication
Orthotics

Orthosis are devices or support used to assist or prevent the movement of a joint or muscle. Having the proper orthotic is essential to a patient’s recovery and returning to a quality lifestyle.

Trained staff works to ensure the proper fit and usage of every orthotic. Certified and highly trained clinicians supply custom-fit or off-the-shelf devices to maximize mobility at the most economical cost.

Our goal is improve mobility while providing quality services that meet or exceed patient’s expectations.

  • Humeral Fracture Orthosis
  • Radial-Ulnar Fracture Orthosis
  • Metacarpal Fracture Orthosis
  • Elbow Orthosis
  • Custom Dynamic Splints
  • Hip Abduction Orthosis
  • Femoral and Tibial Fracture Orthosis
  • Knee Orthosis
  • Osteoarthritis Knee Orthosis
  • Diabetic Shoes
  • Foot Orthotics
  • Ankle Foot Orthosis
  • Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis
  • Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis
  • Through Knee
  • Hip Disarticulation
  • Cervical Collars
  • Lumbosacral Orthosis
  • Hard Shell and Soft Shell Helmets
  • Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis
Diabetic Shoes

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Therapeutic shoes are designed to help prevent foot problems, especially for people who suffer from diabetes. Most therapeutic shoes are made with no internal seams, which help to prevent blisters and callus formation. They contain extra depth in order to fit custom insoles. The insoles help to reduce pressure, thereby reducing the likelihood of problems such as foot ulcers.

Our certified Orthotist will assist you in getting the proper shoe and fit. We have many varieties and styles to choose from.

Medicare and most other insurances will cover one pair of shoes per year, and three pair of custom inserts.

Insurance requirements

Prescription from your doctor
Patient has diabetes mellitus
Patient is being treated under a comprehensive plan of care for diabetes
Patient needs special shoes (depth or custom-molded shoes) because of diabetes

Diabetic patients must have one or more of the following secondary diagnosis in order to have the shoes covered by insurance.
1. History of partial or complete amputation of the foot
2. History of previous foot ulceration
3. History of pre-ulcerative callus
4. Peripheral neuropathy with evidence of callus formation
5. Foot deformity
6. Poor circulation

Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Prosthetics

Prosthesis are an external device that substitutes for a missing part of the body. Combining a comfort fit with the right technology is the way to maximize independence for each patient. The Prosthetist take extra time, and care, to help each patient maximize their rehabilitation goals. Trained staff works to ensure the proper fit and usage of every prosthetic provided.

A certified and highly trained prosthetist supplies custom made devices to increase mobility. Whether a custom-fitted or a pre-made device providing the best clinical outcome—at the most efficient cost is the goal.

  • Transradial (below elbow) Prosthesis
  • Transhumeral (above elbow) Prosthesis
  • Body Powered and Myoelectric
  • Partial Foot Prosthesis
  • Symes Prosthesis
  • Transtibial (Below-Knee) Prosthesis
  • Transfemoral (Above-Knee) Prosthesis
Frequently Asked Questions about Prostetics

If you have further questions, please contact us.

Some people are ready for their temporary prosthesis as early as 2-weeks following the removal of all staples and sutures. This will vary from person to person. As a general rule, when the surgical site is fully healed and most of the swelling has disappeared, you will be ready for the next step. Each patient’s healing time differs depending on his or her overall health condition.

You should wear your shrinker 23 hours per day (unless told differently by your physician) and change it every other day. If you do not have a second shrinker, another one can be purchased, usually through your insurance. Your shrinker should be removed when bathing, and if any numbness or tingling occurs; please contact your practitioner immediately.

Walking will vary because healing is different for each person. On average, healing time will range from 1-3 months. However, it could be longer for patients with diabetes or other health related issues.

Phantom pain will also vary from person to person. Some people never experience it, while others experience it from time to time forever. Often times when you are fit with your prosthesis, the pain or sensation may decrease due to the total contact provided by the socket.

Physical and Occupational Therapy plays a very important part in your rehabilitation process. You will learn new techniques for walking which are key to a speedy recovery.

The fabrication of a prosthesis is a very labor intensive process, requiring multiple fittings to ensure the best fit. Insurance authorization also plays a key role in delivering a prosthetic device. Once authorization is obtained, it will take about 2 weeks, provided we can obtain all of the parts from manufacturers.

MedSupply Corporation uses state of the art materials and componentry. This includes plastics, acrylics, polyester laminates, titanium, carbon graphite, aluminum and steel. The type of componentry used will be customized based on weight capacity and what is best for your optimal function. Insurance coverage also will determine what type of componentry will be used.

The prosthetic industry is constantly changing and improving the componentry and fabrication of prosthetic limbs. A comprehensive range would be $5,000 to $20,000, depending on the individual needs of each person. Microchip computer technology is one of the most recent additions and can cost upwards of $50,000. Insurance coverage plays a large part in determining the cost. It is important to inquire about your co-pays and deductibles prior to being serviced so that you are fully aware of any out-of-pocket cost you may incur.

On average, most patients will wear a temporary prosthesis for 2-5 months depending on how quickly the residual limb stabilizes.

  1. Below knee amputee – 9%
  2. Above knee amputee – 60%
  3. Bilateral below knee amputee-180%
  4. Bilateral above knee amputee – 260%

Yes, your residual limb will shrink as the swelling goes down and will change from a bulbous shape to a thinner, cone like shape. There are various methods used for reducing the swelling that include wrapping the limb, and exercises.

Your silicone liner should be washed every night. Make sure it is cleaned thoroughly to remove any layers of film build-up. In addition, you should disinfect your liner once a week by cleaning it with rubbing alcohol.

Not necessarily, however, better and more efficient service can be provided when we see patients in our office. This allows us to access the tools in our lab and allows us to make adjustments to your prosthesis quickly and efficiently. If transportation and/or physical challenges are difficult for you, a home visit can be arranged by calling our office.

The number of renovations to your home will depend upon your personal needs. Many patients will need a shower chair, detachable showerhead and grab rails for the bathroom. You may also need to consider a ramp for the entrance to your home.

Yes, there are amputees involved in just about every sport. If you have participated in sports prior to your amputation, you can probably continue afterwards. Many sports have organized programs for amputees. Please be sure and let your prosthetist know about your desire to play sports, so he/she can design your prosthesis with that in mind.

Orthotic and Prosthetic Staff

Mike Smith

Randy Ross

Bill Neu

Stacey Richardson
ABC: Certified Orthotist
BS: Movement Science – University of Michigan
Certificate of Orthotics – Northwestern University

Jessica Roels
Patient Coordinator and Customer Service

David Brown
Director Orthotics & Prosthetics
BA: Michigan State University

Testimonials

MedSupply Patients Share Their Experiences

*** Prosthetic Clinician- Randy Ross
“Randy has been beyond helpful this past year, helping me to regain a normal life after losing my leg.  His knowledge of prosthetics allowed him to anticipate all of my needs making the process of learning to walk again an encouraging, educational and even an enjoyable experience.”

– Mike Bruton, Melvindale, MI


*** Clinician Prosthetist – Mike Smith

“Mike was so helpful every time I called.  He went out of his way to care for my concerns.

Mary Ann Mate, Wyandotte, MI

“Mike is always there when I need him.  Always stay the way you are.  If only I could find the great service I get from you elsewhere.
– Kelly Pierce, Taylor, MI


 

“My custom fit brace was completed in a timely manner, and anytime adjustments were needed, I had no problem scheduling an appointment.”
– Robert Moore, Farmington Hills

“As a therapist, I like working with MedSupply because they listen both to me and the patients I refer to them. They value my input, and they care about their patients”.
– Cindy T., Detroit