What are orthotics?

Have you ever seen the sole inserts that people wear on the inside of their shoes?

Those are called orthoses and they are special external devices designed to influence the functional and structural characteristics of the skeletal and neuromuscular system.

Why do I need orthotics?

Orthotics can be used to treat a variety of conditions. These devices, often prescribed and custom-made, can correct biomechanical issues with the foot that affect the way you stand, walk, or run.

Orthotics can also assist in treating foot pain associated with diabetes, arthritis, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis, and can even help avoid surgery associated with flat feet.

What can I expect from an orthotics treatment at Feet First?

Some conditions require a solution that off-the-shelf orthoses simply can’t treat. That’s where a full-service orthotic treatment comes into play.

Traditional plaster moulded orthotics are messy, time-consuming and not easily replicable. With the state-of-the-art equipment available at Feet first Podiatry Centre, the video gait analysis, pressure mapping, 3d foot scanning and 3d printed orthotics mean that not only are you getting accurately diagnosed for orthotics, but you are getting orthotic inserts that are specifically designed for your feet.

For best-in-class orthotic diagnosis and treatment, book a consultation with Angus today, and say hello to happy, healthy pain-free feet.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a university qualified, licenced healthcare practitioner who can assess, diagnose, manage, and treat diseases affecting the feet and lower limbs.

Do you need a referral to see a podiatrist?

A doctor's referral is not necessary to see a podiatrist. Although if a doctor has referred you please make sure you bring a copy of the referral letter to your next appointment.

What can you expect from your first podiatry appointment?

Your initial appointment at Feet First Podiatry will last 40 minutes. This time gives your podiatrist the chance to carefully examine you, comprehend your needs, and appropriately diagnose your condition.

During this session, we will also create a thorough treatment plan that will help you to reach your objective as quickly as possible.

How often do you need to visit?

The frequency and number of visits will be determined by the nature of the condition being treated. Both treatment and general foot care can vary greatly, but following an initial visit, your podiatrist will be able to give you with a framework.

Can I claim my podiatrist appointment on private health?

Private health insurance does cover health treatments such as podiatry. The amount of coverage you have with your provider will determine whether or not your coverage includes podiatry.

We have a Hicaps card machine at the clinic, which means that if you bring your private health card with you to your visit, we can scan and claim from them on the spot.

What form of payment do you take?

We take all Visa and Mastercard credit cards, HICAPS, cash payments, and AMEX.

Can a podiatrist help diabetes?

If you have diabetes, it is suggested that you have your feet evaluated by a podiatrist at least once a year. Diabetes can cause ulcers and other complications such as gangrene, and it is critical to detect these issues early.

Do you treat children?

Yes, we do treat children on a regular basis. Children make up a sizable portion of our clientele.

Does Medicare cover podiatry?

The Australian government considers podiatry to be an allied health profession, and as a result, Medicare rebates are often not available for visits to a podiatrist.

A Chronic Disease Management Plan (EPC) is accessible for people with chronic conditions who require complex management. This government-sponsored program enables people with chronic medical issues to earn Medicare refunds for podiatrist treatments. Consult your doctor to check whether you are qualified.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring any referrals or letters from doctors, past x-rays or scans, and a current list of medicines if relevant. Any previously issued orthoses, as well as any footwear you often use, are also quite beneficial.

Are you open any evening hours?

Yes we are! Our open hours during the week are:

Opening Hours:
Mon – 8:15 am to 5:00 pm
Tue – 8.30 am to 6:00 pm
Wed – 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Thu – 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Fri – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

With Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday catering to those who work.