What are soft Orthotics?
Soft orhtotics can be made from a few different materials depending on what you are trying to achieve. The most popular choice is a soft EVA with poron cushioning. There are plenty of other top cover materials available though. You can also have a more durable poly or nylon base made flexible, covered in a thick layer of poron, neoprene or Invigr8 foam.
Do I need hard or soft Orthotics?
Most people who have foot deformity, or vascular issues may be prescribed soft orthotics. They are also available upon special request.
Soft is not always as good as a lot of people think though. Somthing that is soft is less stable, less supportive and less durable. Like a very soft bed it may feel great for that first week. Over a period of time though aches may start to appear where you are not getting adequate support.
For this reason a 3D printed nylon base is usually recommended. This is supportive and durable. We can then apply a couple of soft layers of padding for that cushioned, Soft Orthotics feel.
Orthotics can also be recovered in soft materials. For example if you have previously purchased a set of hard or firmer orthotics, and the covers have worn out. We can replace the top cover with a fresh layer of soft cushioning.
Are orthotics covered by Private Health Insurance?
Call us to find out whether our orthotics are covered by your private health care provider. There are a few things to consider and your level of cover depends on your policy waiting periods, annual limits and fund rules so it is important to know what you are up for prior to your visits to avoid unwanted, expensive surprises.
A lot of health funds cover you for 1 set of Soft Orthotics per year. This is important as Soft Orthotics can be far less durable than firmer ones. We therefore recommended to book in for a checkup every 12 months.