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Will orthotics fit in all my shoes?

Some shoes will not fit properly with an orthotic inside.

These are usually dressy shoes with a shallow heel counter (i.e. the rear part of the shoe that wraps around the heel). Women have more fitting problems than men, due to shoe fashion.
It is possible find dress shoe that nicely accomodate an orthotic, but choices will be more limited. There are special dress shoe orthotics that fit more easily into fashionable shoes. Discuss with your podiatrist if these are suitable for you.

Can I claim Podiatry treatments with my health fund?

Podiatry is a registered and regulated health profession. Health funds provide cover for some podiatry services on their ancillary tables. Podiatry consultations and services such as Orthotic devices are claimable with most private health insurance companies.
Entitled veterans are covered podiatry through the Department of Veteran Affairs.

You should however check that your policy includes Podiatry in your level of cover. The rebate for Podiatry services available from health insurance companies varies greatly. Any services you receive will be quoted in advance so you will be able to check with your health fund for your level of rebate.

Do I need a GP referral?

No. Private patients do not need a GP’s referral.

Veterans affairs patients will however require a referral.
Workers compensation and Accident insurance claims patients will require a GP or specialist referral for treatment along with the appropriate case information such as case manager’s name, case number and insurance companies details with claim acceptance.

What are Shin Splints?

Pain along the front or inside edge of the shinbone (tibia) is commonly referred to as shin splints. The term shin splints has been replaced recently by the more accurate term medial tibia stress syndrome or MTSS. The most common causes of shin splints are overexercising, biomechanical abnormalities and poor footwear and is a commonly reported condition in athletes who run and jump. With anterior shin splints, you’ll feel pain on the front of your lower leg along the shin. Posterior shin splints is felt on the inside of the lower leg and cause pain in the soft tissue behind the bone.

Shin splints is usually caused by doing too much, too soon. The runner with shin splints typically reports a recent change in training, such as increasing the, intensity usual pace, adding distance, or changing running surfaces. Those are just beginning to run or those who haven’t run for a while are especially prone to shin splints after they first get started, especially when they do a lot of downhill running. Tired or inflexible calf muscles can put too much stress on tendons, which become strained and torn. Biomechanical Abnormalities such as overpronation aggravates this problem, as does running on hard surfaces, such as concrete sidewalks. Another common cause of shinsplints among beginners is poor choice of running shoes, or running in something other than running shoes.

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