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Foot Orthotic Clinic Started to Benefit Local First Responders

July 18, 2013

The Charlottesville/Albemarle Fire-Police Orthotic Clinic is a new program created by Richey & Co. Shoes' owner, Brett Richey, and the area’s foot health community to benefit local first responders (police, fire, and rescue personnel). The Charlottesville/Albemarle area foot health community knows the importance of proper foot health, and wants our first responders to have the best equipment available to help them safely achieve their mission of service.

Richey was looking for a way to give back to police and other rescue personnel and approached the CPF with this idea last year. He wanted to use his business and skills to benefit these valuable public servants. After months of planning and enlisting the help of local foot doctors, the Clinic was created and is now accepting patients.

Custom foot orthotics normally cost $300 to $500 per pair, and often are not covered by insurance. Through this new program, first responders can visit any one of the participating doctors and receive custom foot orthotics for a small fee. The balance will be subsidized by the providers within the clinic, for the benefit of the first responders. Custom orthotics provide additional support to alleviate pain or reduce the chance of injury. Many foot ailments can be successfully treated with custom foot orthotics and even athletes wear them to reduce foot fatigue and prevent foot injuries.

The CPF is thrilled to have so many doctors and foot care specialists on board to provide this valuable product to our police, fire, and rescue personnel.

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