Is it legal for a doctor to order the wrong orthotic and bill it to Medicaid?
I have severe pronation (both feet turn inward), fallen arches and a dropped navicular bone (a bone in my arch has collapsed, and rests on the ground). I also have a vertical talus (a bone in my ankle is in the wrong position).
It took me years to find out these things. My previous podiatrist told me I had a ruptured tibial tendon, from a fall I had, but the referral to the orthopedists did not follow through. Then the podiatrist retired, and my new podiatrist ignores my tendon rupture and refused to look at my x-rays.
My new podiatrist ordered a leg brace for my right foot, and ignored my left foot. He said the brace would be molded from a cast of my foot, and would not correct the pronation. It would just hold the foot in its current position.
When the brace was made, it did not have a dough nut hole to accommodate my fallen navicular bone.
I have obtained a second opinion and was told that will I need orthotics for both feet, for life, and that they should help my pronation with "posting."
My first podiatrist ignores this. Is he committing a crime for billing Medicaid for an orthotic that I can not use, and that could cause further injury?
My feet x-rays are attached.