Gap Free Orthotics this month.
We are pleased to offer gap free orthotics at Walk Without Pain podiatry Centres. The threshold of required payment is $400. This means that if your health insurance gives you less than $400 rebate, you would be required to make up the difference if you choose to proceed. The allowance for orthotics with most funds is $400 – $500. Some funds offer less, particularly if a lower level of cover is held – such as a ‘young singles’ product. If you would like to check ahead with your fund it is useful to have the following item codes on hand when calling them.
The items: F004, F118 and F301 take their benefits from the ‘podiatry treatment’ pool of money. Most funds have podiatry as a separate pool, but some funds might have a combined total with other sorts of allied health providers.
The items: F221 and F221 – Left and Right orthotics and F381 and F381 – Left and Right padding/covers – often come from the pool of money for ‘appliances’ which included walking sticks, hearing aids and wigs for chemotherapy amongst other things. Please be sure to read the Terms of the offer at the bottom of the page.
Pretty much all of our orthotic devices can be claimed under this offer and these are discussed in a moment. Some exclusions will apply for very costly items (for example carbon fibre plates) and for very labour intensive work with could be required in severe conditions. This will be able to be determined at your initial appointment. In many cases, the examination of your condition and the making of the foot model can be done at the initial consultation. At times – for example if more information is required by way of an x-ray, ultrasound or trial of a type of treatment – there may be a need to delay the ordering of the orthotics until the follow up visit. In this case, standard fees will be payable for the consultation claimable from your health insurance. Our fees are shown by accessed by the drop down menu “Contact Us” and selecting your nearest location.
Terms of the Offer for Gap Free orthotics:
- The offer requires that you pay any shortfall of our minimum acceptable fee of $400 per pair or orthotics.
- The presence or absence of a shortfall can usually be determined at the initial consultation by swiping the health insurance card through our HICAPS terminal.
- This information can usually also be found by calling your insurer directly.
- You MUST inform us of your intention to claim this offer at the time of placing the orthotic order. If you have read this page after your orthotic has been ordered, it cannot be claimed retrospectively.
Types of orthotics available as gap free orthotics:
Functional Polypropylene Orthotic Devices
These orthotics are a plastic shell. The benefits of this type of insert are that they are 3 mm thick, light weight, can go in a multitude of sandals and shoes for men women and children. They can have varying amount of flex built in for comfort and can be covered or naked depending on the use for which they are intended.
The model of your foot contour is made by scanning electronically to create an accurate 3D model of each foot. The biomechanical imperfections can be corrected using this digital model. This then gives us a perfect ‘virtual foot’ that is aligned how your foot should be.
EVA / Soft Orthotic: Gap Free Orthotics
Pretty much all orthotics referred to as ‘soft’ orthotics are made of a closed cell rubber called EVA. These have some desirable features, especially when used for sports. They are a bulkier option and are often not suitable for feminine shoes as they limit your choice of footwear quite markedly.
Softer orthotic options : Copythotic: We can also supply our patented (pending) Copythotic orthotic devices under our Gap Free Orthotic offer. This relies on reinterpreting an existing orthotic device to create a totally new orthotic.
As most of the information we need about your feet has already been captured in your existing orthotic device, we can work with orthotics that were made by other practitioners and can modify the orthotic to a moderate degree to correct errors in the original device. The other benefit is that Copythotics can be made very small and as hard or soft as we please. We have found that around 40% of our customers elect to get Copythotics because their previous devices have been uncomfortably hard.
The original orthotics are returned unharmed. As a Copythotic™ is literally a copy of an existing device, you will need to have an existing insert that can be supplied to our podiatrists. You can learn more at www.copythotics.com.au
A Copythotic™ is made from a range of orthotic materials and in combining these, can be made anywhere on the firmness continuum.
Smaller orthotic options:
A Copythotic can be made literally to any thickness required, down to 1.5 mm thick. Any orthotic can be reinterpreted to fit into 95% of shoe possibilities. In some cases, a very small orthotic may no longer fulfil enough of its original function be worthwhile and so an individual assessment is necessary.
We have found that around 60% of our customers choose to use Copythotics because their previous devices do not fit into their existing or desired footwear.
Lesser orthotic options: Custom made padded insoles: Our podiatry clinics still makes traditional padded insoles which can be very useful for addressing pressure areas, relieving corns and treating milder mechanical complaints. Generally these insoles are relatively inexpensive and would not use up your orthotic allowance from the health fund.
We are located in Toombul, Indooroopilly, Bribie Island and Hamilton. Our team of 10 podiatrists have shared experience of over 120 years. With 280 hours of extra training each year and over 550,000 feet treated, if you’ve got it, our Brisbane based Podiatrists have seen it and fixed it before!