All your questions answered...
- Do I need a referral?
- What is a general consultation and treatment?
- Are the Podiatrists experienced?
- What's included in an initial biomechanical consultation?
- Why did you choose the Orthema CAD/CAM Foot Orthotic Fabrication System?
- How long do I have to wait for my Orthema orthotics?
- Do you accept Private Health Funds?
Do I need a referral?
In most cases, a referral is not needed to see a podiatrist. However, certain patients such as those with Department of Veterans Affairs cards and Medicare Care Plans and EPC's will need referrals from their GP.
We also have HICAPS onsite so you can claim directly from your Private Health funds.
What is a general consultation and treatment?
General consultations and treatments cover a wide scope of foot problems, including:
- Footcare (thickened nails, calluses, corns ingrown nails etc)
- Diabetic foot screening and assessments (including digital circulation tests and neurological checks)
- Wax baths for extremely dry skin
- Warts, tinea and other skin pathology
Are the Podiatrists experienced?
All of our podiatrists regularly attend ongoing education courses and seminars in order to stay at the top of their profession and provide you with the very best podiatric that you deserve. This along with our innovative clinical systems ensure all treatments meet the highest standards and our friendly and competent adminstrative staff are well trained to ensure that every aspect of your footcare is to your satisfaction.
What's included in an initial biomechanical consultation?
Initial biomechanical consultations can take up to an hour to complete and involve a thorough history taking, extensive physical and stance assessment (standing and lying), as well as comprehensive video gait analysis reporting. In some cases this may include revision of previous diagnostic tests (x-ray/CT scan or MRI), and digital CAD scanning of the contours of the feet for orthotic fabrication. Patients leave the centre with a compiled biomechanical report folder, which contains all video gait analysis reports, exercise instruction sheets, CAD CAM footscans, information brochures and recommendations (including footwear referrals).
If you have been referred to the centre, this information is also forwarded to the referrer along with a comprehensive letter of treatment. Most patients are amazed at the level of clinical detail we go to in order to provide the best service and treatment available.
Why did you choose the Orthema CAD/CAM Foot Orthotic Fabrication System?
The Directors of my FootDr™ podiatry centres searched the world for the best system to produce customised foot orthotics. In total we assessed over 20 systems during our thorough 3 year investigation. We required an extremely accurate 3D CAD/CAM system because we felt that conventional hard plastic orthotics made from messy plaster casts were significantly less accurate, uncomfortable and ineffective than our high standards and core values demand.
In our opinion the True 3D foot contours scanned by the Orthema digitiser, whilst the foot is held in its most optimal functioning position, makes a far more tolerable and effective orthotic than those made from non-weightbearing plaster casts, simple 2D foot scanners, optical or laser scanners, foam impression boxes and basic force plates which calculate pressure not your actual foot shape.
Moreover this system can produce your Orthema orthotic devices within one hour, meaning that your pain can be fixed on the same day as your first visit.
How long do I have to wait for my Orthema orthotics?
As many of our centres have full laboratory Orthema CAD/CAM systems on-site, we can make your Orthema orthotics within one hour of your first visit.
Do you accept Private Health Funds?
Yes, We have HICAPS onsite so you can claim directly from your Private Health fund often with little or no out of pocket expense.