Foot orthotics are shoe inserts designed to support, align or improve the function of the foot. They are also often referred to as ‘orthoses’. Orthotics can fit comfortably inside your shoes.
People of all ages with a variety of foot or lower leg problems wear orthotics. Children and adults who play sport are often prescribed orthotics by their podiatrist to help address biomechanical (the way your foot moves) problems thereby maximizing their performance. Anyone suffering from a chronic foot or lower limb condition which is limiting their mobility or independence can benefit by wearing orthotics.
Orthotics can address the following foot problems:
Use of correct Orthotics can provide valuable long-term solutions in the treatment and prevention of corns, callous and ulceration. An orthotic assists in redistributing the pressure of the body's weight on the feet.
Orthotics also help with the rehabilitation (by providing consistent postural control) of chronic foot conditions such as tendonitis (injury caused by overuse of tendons), recurrent ankle sprain and stress fractures.
When prescribing orthotics, your Podiatrist at medifoot clinic provides a comprehensive service to ensure complete foot care. This involves,
The results vary from individual to individual. After fitting of the orthotic in the appropriate footwear, one should be able to feel the difference very soon.
At this stage medicare does not cover prescription of Foot Orthotics.
Private Health Insurance may cover the cost depending on the type of ancillary cover an individual is on. To find out if your private health insurance covers the cost of orthotics you may contact your insurance provider. The item code is 221 for orthotics.
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