What is an Orthotist?
An Orthotist is a health professional who assesses and prescribes an orthosis.
An orthosis is the true word for a brace or orthopaedic appliance that is designed and fitted to the body.
The orthosis is fitted to achieve the following:
- Reduce or eliminate pain
- Increase mobility and independence
- Control biomechanical alignment
What does an orthotist typically treat and fit?
Foot Orthotics (custom made) for various foot problems such as Plantar Fasciitis, Heel spurs, and many other foot problems.
Orthopaedic braces for both upper limb and lower limb pathologies.
- Spinal bracing
- Post operative braces
- Fracture Management eg/ Moonboot, fibreglass casting (waterproof).
- Compression Stockings
- Footwear: Walking shoes; Sandals; non-slip footwear, Orthopaedic.
Do I need a referral to see an orthotist?
A formal referral from your GP is not necessary. If needed, the orthotist will consult with your GP or other practitioners to achieve the best results.
Like physiotherapy and chiropractic, orthotist treatment is not covered by Medicare. However, it is covered by major health insurance companies under their ancillary or extras cover.
A referral is required for:
Work Cover, TAC, Veterans Affairs and NDIS