ACC FUNDING CHANGES – 1 July 2017
With effect from 1 July 2017, there are changes to the process for those individuals who have had a lower limb injury and are needing Orthoses. The Podiatrist is now contracted with ACC to provide orthotics, bracing and footwear for those individuals who qualify. There is no longer the need for an assessment by a Specialist, nor the previous lengthly delay in the application process, so patients can be seen immediately, reduced wait times, and therefore the recovery process can commence much sooner.
The ACC contract covers:
- 100% funded Foot orthotics
- 100% funded Ankle braces and supports
- 100% funded Knee braces and supports
- 100% funded Customised footwear
These are custom-made inserts for your shoes. It is designed to guide the mechanics of the foot to a precise degree which help the muscles and tendons to perform more efficiently.
There are different types of orthotics designed for different activities, various shoe gear and various foot ailments. People wearing orthotics may experience relief from previous pain and symptoms, and prevent recurrence of foot, leg and other skeletal pains and conditions.
Orthotics fall into three broad categories: rigid, soft and semi-rigid.
- Rigid orthotics are designed to control function. They may be made of a firm material, such as plastic or graphite.
- Soft orthotics help absorb shock and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots
- Semi-rigid orthotics provide dynamic balance of the foot while walking or participating in sports
Almost anyone can benefit from orthotics. Orthotics can alleviate many common foot problems that cause pain and discomfort in otherwise healthy people. Orthotics can help in situations of:
- Abnormal shoe wear (one side of the sole of the shoe wears out faster than the other)
- Flat feet
- High-arched foot structure
- Heel pain
- Callus formation
- Chronic heel (plantar fasciitis), knee, or low back pain
- Frequent ankle sprains
- Gait abnormalities (feet point inward or excessively outward during walking)
- Shin pain (shin splints)
Get started on resolving your lower limb pain today and book and appointment with The Podiatrist