New business Sports and Wellness helping patients put their best foot forward |

New business Sports and Wellness helping patients put their best foot forward

Casey Kelly

Sports and Wellness owner Regan Capasso demonstrates how one of the business’ carbon fiber ankle foot orthosis braces is used. She said the braces are useful for people who suffer from foot drop or ankle instability.

Sports and Wellness opened in west Windsor June 1, specializing in custom foot orthotics, osteoarthritis braces and diabetic shoes.

Owner Regan Capasso had been working in the area since 2002, traveling to nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in the area to fit patients with braces and shoes.

"For the past 12 or 13 years I've been going out and seeing patients and we just decided we wanted to still see that avenue of patients, but expand more into the wellness and sports side of things. There are so many runners, walkers, cyclists and hikers in the area, we wanted to broaden our scope to service many avenues of clients."

Capasso decided to open her location at 8201 Spinnaker Bay Drive, where she sees patients from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Even though she has opened the store, she said she plans to continue doing in-home visits with her patients a couple day each week.

She said a range of products offered at Sports and Wellness help all kinds of people — from athletes to diabetics — with specialty shoes and joint braces.

"For instance, our knee braces are for people with instability in their knee," Capasso said. "Maybe they're a runner and need some medial-lateral support. All the way to somebody who may not be able to have surgery, but they have osteoarthritis of the knee — we have braces for that as well. We have the full spectrum."

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Capasso also said the store will offer a digital foot scanner, where runners can find the peak pressure of their feet and customize a set of orthotics to offer ideal support.

She said functional foot orthotics tend to be good for golfers, runners and cyclists, who often wear the orthotic insert while they are doing their sport.

Another orthotic service Capasso said is popular are shoes for diabetics.

"There are only two preventative programs that Medicare pays for. One is the flu shot, the other is diabetic shoes," Capasso said. "Diabetic shoes have shown to decrease the risk of amputations. Medicare wants to be proactive and keep the foot healthy."

She said the shoes come with three customized inserts and patients qualify for a new pair every year. The shoe's design can help decrease the risk of wounds and amputation, she said.

"It's a specially-designed shoe that's going to have a deeper toe box so the nail is not hitting on the top of the shoe," Capasso said. "It also comes with three pairs of inserts to decrease the shearing on the patient's foot."

She also offers back, hand and elbow braces for people with pain or weakness, as well as carbon fiber ankle foot orthosis braces for people with foot drop or ankle instability.

Sports and Wellness sees patients with Medicaid and Medicare, as well as a variety of private insurers. She said patients come in for their initial consultation, where she will do an assessment of the patient's needs and work with their primary care doctor to get the required insurance paperwork. After that, there is about a two-week turnaround time for the specialized orthotics and braces.

"We love the location and the Windsor community so far," she said.

More info

Sports and Wellness is located at 8201 Spinnaker Bay Drive and is open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call (970) 460-8820.

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