Custom Orthotics

What are custom orthotics?

Orthotics are therapeutic devices which are prescribed by podiatrists in order to control abnormal foot mechanics, provide mechanical support to the structures of the foot, and to accommodate fixed deformities. They are made out of a semi-rigid plastic material and are designed to be used in footwear during weightbearing activities such as standing, walking, and running. Orthotics are tailored individually to suit the needs of the patient and can be adjusted accordingly from time-to-time as required.

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Who needs orthotics?

Orthotics can be used by everyone from athletes to the elderly, and are prescribed for a variety of different foot and lower-limb problems, some of which include:

• Achilles tendonitis

• Ankle instability and sprains

• Arthritis

• Flat Feet

• Heel pain

• High arches

• In-toeing

• Knee, hip and back pain

• Morton’s neuroma

• Plantar fasciitis

• Osgood-Schlatter disease

• Shin splints

 

How are custom orthotics made?

Perth Podiatric Surgery is equipped with the latest state-of-the art 3D laser scanning orthotic technology which allows for a more accurate and reproducible orthotic to be manufactured. A biomechanical assessment is firstly conducted by the clinician in order to help guide the orthotic prescription and then 3D scans of both feet are captured using the laser scanner device. The scans are sent to a local orthotic laboratory where the custom orthotics are manufactured according to the practitioner’s prescription and take approximately 1 week to return to Perth Podiatric Surgery for patient issue. 

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Fees

Our practice charges $850.00 (Current 24/02/2017) for a pair of orthotics to be made, which is inclusive of the Biomechanical Assessment and Orthotic Scanning Appointment, Manufacture of the orthotics themselves, and a Progress review appointment. All private health insurers provide rebates on custom made orthotics, and generally cover at least 50% of costs for the manufacture of the devices. Patient’s are therefore only required to pay ‘the gap’ on their orthotics, as most of the cost is rebatable on-the-spot via HICAPS.

The below item numbers can be provided to your health fund in order to determine what rebate you will be eligible to receive.

HBF Members:

F014 Subsequent Appointment – $90.00

F111 Muscle Testing – $55.00

F114 Range of Motion Study – $55.00

F117 Gait Analysis – $55.00

F221 Custom Orthotic (Single) – $300.00

All Other Health Funds:

F014 Subsequent Appointment – $90.00

F118 Biomechanical Assessment – $110.00

F303 3D Laser Orthotic Scan – $50.00

F221 Custom Orthotic (Single) – $300.00

 

Read our latest blog here for more information on how orthotics might help your foot problem, or book an appointment to see our specialist.