Wright & Filippis moved out of its big building on Washtenaw near Huron Pkwy. into a smaller, more specialized shop farther east, next to Haifa Falafel. Bill Simon, certified prosthetist and clinical manager, says that because of changes in Medicare and Medicaid, small players like Wright & Filippis have mostly gotten out of “durable medical equipment and respiratory” (translation: wheelchairs and oxygen concentrators). With its twenty-six locations, W & F is still just a mom-and-pop shop compared to the big players, like CVS. Instead, says Simon, W & F is concentrating on custom orthotics and prosthetics, made in a lab on premises.

W & F still offers some off-the-rack products for fracture care (“crutches,” as we laypeople call them), carpal tunnel care, and back bracing.

Wright & Filippis, 4585 Washtenaw, 975-6800. Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sat. & Sun. firsttoserve.com