Tai chi – teaches you in waves

Tai chi teaches the Mind and Body, your instructor must know the whole story so they can translate for you. 

Tai chi is one of those activities you can float across the surface or dive deep, plucking the treasures from the bottom. The wave is symbolic yet at the same time is literal…if you have ever braved the crashing waves of the open beach you will understand…if you haven’t all you need to do is close your eyes, imagine the roar of the surf, the smell of salt upon the breeze and you are there, even if you have never set foot upon the sands…the ocean like Tai chi is within us all.

Today the beach was rough, the waves were pounding the shore…sparkling deep blue, the colour of those eyes you would get lost in…the invitation was there so she walked in. The first wave assaulted her, she struggled for balance…just standing there as the next set came rolling in. The lesson had begun…we watched to see what sort of Tai chi student she would make.

Frozen in place awaiting the next onslaught, her partner rushed to the rescue, he was only a few shades more skilful but the arrogance of youth gave him the courage…we decided stick around to make sure they survived the experience. The young lady was taking her plunge in un-patrolled, unprotected waters with a teacher that had just learnt to swim. The world is full of teachers that dive in with all good intentions…the Tai chi world is no different.

Tai chi and swimming in a raging ocean have the same survival principle…

“If you don’t move forward into the assault you will be driven into the sand”

Before anyone who has trained in Tai chi pipes up that we do move backwards in the Tai chi form…here is my reply…in the Old Yang Tai chi form we are always moving forward into the “assault”, even when we are moving backwards…just watch the eyes of an advanced student of Tai chi…think about it. If this isn’t true for all Tai chi styles we apologise, it may explain though why we practice the Old Yang Tai chi forms and not others.

Back to the surf…from our superior vantage point it was easy to see that waves come in patterns or sets and it would be simple to dive under the wave, catch your breath to dive under the next. Why was she standing there being pummelled…fighting for breath, spitting sound out as she surfaced only to be hit again. The instructor was laughing at her clumsiness, most likely she would have the last laugh when the lesson ended and he resumed his role as boyfriend. Our virtual Tai chi student was not having fun.

We wanted to swim out and tell her the secret…she was like so many of us in the beginning, struggling, trying to follow poor instruction. What was her mistake? It is deeply embedded in many of us from early childhood. It is drummed in…it is polite…it is good manners, this habit though may get you hurt some day.

When something as relentless as a wave comes crashing towards you…Don’t wait your turn, move forward. 

We know about crashing waves in Tai chi and the danger of waiting your turn…it is in the entire form but sadly our surfer girl had not studied Tai chi. She was exhausted, it was time to get out of the water before she got into difficulty and happily she listened to our silent prayers. By the look of her she may never go back in again, her self image was shattered…the damage was done, she was now frightened of the waves. If this was a Tai chi class, run so poorly, you would not expect her to go back.

The Ocean is a dangerous place to learn Tai chi with a poor instructor. He should have taken her to calmer waters…taught her the patterns…taught her to move forward. Tai chi and the Ocean teach you how to deal with problems…rarely is the solution behind you or even in the  same place you are now. The lessons you learn are for a lifetime…they will crash into you time and time again until you move forward. So many instructors confuse you with the wrong message…telling you to yield or move backwards.

Life is a wave…the mind and body are linked…if you are taught physically to wait your turn, the mind will follow. Moving forward into life as into a wave presents you with less resistance…giving you the waves stored energy to do with as you please. The faceless ones that hold the upper hand grind into you…wait your turn…wait your turn they scream, they know the truth and use it against you.

So when the wave looms above, before it roars down, it takes a breath…you may hear a whisper on the salt breeze…”Don’t wait, move forward”…this is your time, don’t wait your turn for it may never come.

Tai chi classes will teach you the pattern of the waves and it is OK to use what you learn in every part of your life. The wave is a pattern or a habit, it is not attached to you so it doesn’t mind if you…just move forward.

Ciao for Now

Colin the Tai chi foot Dr

Qigong – Three Circle is Powerful & Simple

Three circle Qigong is so simple yet gives such great rewards for your efforts…and helps clear the sinuses as well.

Last night in our Tai chi class a cool change was moving through, my sinuses are quite sensitive to changes in barometric pressure, so I decided that a little Three Circle Qigong was in order to see if it would help. You see I had noticed many years ago that this particular qigong would 9 times out of 10 clear my sinuses  without any need to resort to pharmaceutical remedies.

You may be asking yourself if it takes years of practice to achieve such miraculous results from Three Circle Qigong…well thankfully no, it only takes a little time with a knowledgable instructor… a little tweak here and there. Having a nice place for Qigong is not even necessary…it is nice though. The picture to the right is my favourite Qigong Place. Now I’m not saying that Qigong will clear up all sorts of hay fever and sinus trouble but it is worth a try…if nothing else you will be getting some postural correction. We have said that nothing is easy in Tai chi…”we just make the difficult look easy” but this qigong is relatively easy for a beginner to get right. Remember Tai chi requires Effort to gain any benefit.

Here is a simple instruction guide of Three Circle Qigong by Master Erle Montaigue.

So how did you go??? Did you give it a try…well if you want to come in for a few corrections, try our Tai chi classes for this, other fun things and more mischief we get up to.

OH… by the way the reason we wrote this article was one of our beginners was so excited that her sinuses cleared whilst doing Three Circle Qigong in class we had to let you in on the Secret. We love it when our students discover the secrets all by themselves. Tai chi classes should be about discovering lots of little things in a fun environment…health and Self defence are serious issues but we can address them with fun and games.

As a Podiatrist we often get asked the question…”Why does this happen”? and often we can give a good answer that is backed by science, other times we have  no answer. Over the last 25 plus years as a Health Professional we have experienced many changes, some theories and treatments have been proven others have been found to be false. As for the benefits of Tai chi and Qigong science is finding some claims to be true and others to be wildly fanciful…all you have to do is make sure you have an experienced instructor that is not going to do more harm than good. Keep doing the things that make you feel good…then wait till the science catches up to what you already know. When Tai chi is wrapped in Silk to get you to believe that some of the benefits come from the clothes you wear rather than what you are doing…do you worry that it may be all show.

Qigong - Three Circle

Keep an open mind…there are benefits without all the show, science will catch up and you can continue doing what works. Come to our Tai chi classes while you are waiting for science to catch up…you’ll be miles ahead.

Tai chi is it right for me

Tai chi has truly wonderful benefits both as a Self Defence Art and for Self Healing, if only people were made aware of the important secret ingredient – Effort.

Now Tai chi is not for everybody and if we have said this once we have said it a thousand times…it is not your fault…not everybody is going to put enough effort into Tai chi training to benefit, you may as well take the dog for a walk for all the good it will do. Seriously people have unrealistic expectations of Tai chi like no other activity I know.

Tai chi is like a job in the way that you shouldn’t get paid for just turning up…you have to do something to earn the benefits.

Often students drift into and out of classes looking for that easy solution for there troubles…having no sense of purpose maybe half the trouble. Now we don’t think it is really your fault…you just have way too many choices these days. Have you ever tried to pick new tiles for the bathroom and been bombarded with the choices…it wasn’t like this in the past, life was simpler. Your diary is chock full of things to do and you say you don’t have anymore time to commit to Tai chi, something complex and meaningful…you only have time for superficial stuff.

It is time to make a choice … cut down on the “Noise” that you have surrounded yourself with, make life a little simpler. If that means we don’t get to see you at Tai chi classes then we are happy that you are starting to realise that you can have anything you want…just not everything you want.

Tai chi if taught correctly takes a bit of learning…if the instructor is particular about where you put your foot or how wide your stance is, are you breathing correctly and is you spine in the correct alignment…then you have found the right place. If it sounds and looks like a bunch of geese flapping their wings about in all different directions then maybe keep looking…this is not the place to learn Real Tai chi. We love to have fun with you too…while you learn correctly.

If all you want is to come to a class, bump and grind, flapping your arms about to whatever music is playing, maybe a less structured exercise class like aerobics or Zumba is the right class for you. We don’t sit around closing our eyes in a darkened room either…remember this is Tai chi and we don’t wear silk pyjamas. In the beginning we need to teach you how to move from your centre and breath naturally…then balance and timing are added. This takes a little effort and concentration on your part.

We teach building blocks…beginning with a firm foundation.

My Tai chi instructor Erle Montaigue would always say to us “if you feel it is easy then you are doing it wrong”, the challenge we face is making the difficult look easy. Our movement is always a ‘work in progress’…never easy, definitely beneficial.

If you make the choice to give Tai chi a go…give it a real go…it requires time and effort in a busy world… 5 min here, 10 min there and you are on the right track to long lasting benefits. Commit or don’t commit…but you have to make a choice before starting, or don’t start at all. Say to yourself that you will attend classes for a solid month…4 lessons or more…do a little practice at home then decide if Tai chi is right for you. Committing to 4 consecutive lessons is not a big ask…don’t you think.

Maybe you will go up to your Tai chi instructor one day and say “if I learnt nothing more than that simple breathing exercise I would be happy…can’t wait till the next lesson.” We cherish our students because they teach us as much as we teach them.

Before you decide to add another “thing” like Tai chi to your life think about what you want to commit to and …give it a real go. Build a strong foundation for your health…with a bit of Effort.

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Foot Cream your Podiatrist Recommends

Why use a Foot Cream & which one?

Foot cream is a product we all know we should use on our Dry Cracked heels…but which one. Some foot creams are so messy you avoid using them and others you wonder whether they are full of petrochemicals or been tested on animals. As Podiatrists we have high standards for foot creams…not everything will make the grade but we are mindful of the budget, we want value for money when we recommend a health product. Let us walk you through why you should use a foot cream and simplify your selection process.

Your skin is designed to do “One Big Job” and that is to keep the outside out and the inside in. Your skin is probably the most important organ of your body and it needs to be strong and flexible to keep all the nastiness on the outside.

Women will spend a small fortune on facial moisturisers, some better than others, but they forget about those dry cracked heels. Now Dry skin is not only unsightly it is an open invitation for bacteria and infection. People with Diabetes are always told to moisturise their feet to help prevent infection and ulceration but what about the rest of us. Here is a good rule to live by:

“If you Value your Health you need to moisturise your skin, especially your feet, to reduce the risk of infection.”

Nice supple skin not only looks great and feels good, now you know it helps protect you from all the Nasties.

What Foot Creams do Podiatrists Recommend

After more than 25 years trying lots of different Foot creams we have a few simple rules.

  1. They need to Add moisture to the skin…not grease
  2. They need to be safe, easy and convenient to apply…or you won’t do it
  3. They need to be economical and long lasting

In most cases using a cheap as chips all purpose Body moisturiser two to three times a day is better than nothing. So if the budget is tight, find one of these that is in your price range, doesn’t smell terrible and use it by the bucket load.  You are still doing some good so keep persevering but when you compare moisturisers, take into consideration the time and money savings of more effective foot creams. Treatments that are long lasting and effective can be more economical. Read our Tips for Standard moisturisers down the page.

For ease and convenience we want a pump action or squirt bottle dispenser. Leave it in plain sight so that you are reminded to actually use the stuff…no good to you left in the bottle. Check that the cream will not stain clothes or fabric, especially carpet, or you may be in the dog house if you are leaving footprints or staining the sheets.

Safety…if the cream is greasy you need to wipe off any excess before replacing footwear or going about barefoot. Use disposable paper towel, vigorously rubbing excess cream off so you don’t go slip sliding around the house. Some people advise you to wear socks about the house after moisturising your feet but research shows this can increase the chance of falls in the elderly…and most likely the young as well.

Most Heel Balms and foot creams for very dry skin have urea and or acids from petrochemicals as active ingredients. They come in various concentrations and have been on the market for many years e.g. Eulactol, Calmurid, Duit, NS-8. Some formulations have a greasy base and others rub in quite well. They are very effective if used correctly…some are a lot messier than others. We haven’t found any Standard Foot cream that we are able to apply a sticking plaster or adhesive tape to the skin once they have been applied so if your shoe has rubbed and you need to apply a Band-aide you will have to go without your moisturising routine for the day.

Tips for Standard Foot Creams

  • Apply after shower to damp skin to enhance moisture uptake
  • Apply to feet whilst seated for safety reasons
  • Remove excess with disposable paper towel
  • Check with manufacturer if cream stains clothing or carpet

The main disadvantages of “Standard Foot Creams” is difficulty of application, safety concerns, clothing stains and inability to use adhesive plasters. Mostly they work well but they can be a bit of a pain to use.

Luckily someone came up with an Alternative Foot Cream

We use Nemidon Gel products in the Yin Health Clinic and at Home…actually family and friends keep stealing my Nemidon Gel so I’m going to have to find a place to hide it.  We still use other creams for very specific cases…when we want the cream to be greasy or have an acid formulation. Since you asked us what do we as Podiatrists recommend…

Nemidon Gels…and why we use them

  • Moisturises quickly leaving the skin clean, dry and hydrated
  • Non-greasy
  • Long lasting economical protection – apply every 2 days once skin texture improves
  • Socks, hosiery and adhesive strapping etc can be applied immediately after
  • Does not stain clothing
  • Does not contain petrochemicals or alcohol
  • Not tested on animals
  • Safe for Diabetics – assisting to prevent infection by maintaining skin integrity
  • Scientifically proven – Double blind studies show it has the ability to deposit large amounts of water onto the skin with a long lasting effect

Nemidon Natural Gels Pure moisture for your skin

At Yin Health we stock: We have kept the price Low @ $21.95 so you can experience the benefits.

Ultra Hydration Gel

Footcare & Deodorant Gel

 If you need a little more convincing ask Your Podiatrist Colin to apply some at the end of the consultation and give you a Free sample to try at home.

Diabetes and Foot related complications

Diabetes Australia…is the Government listening and will they provide Foot care

Diabetes Australia is trying to get the Government’s ear on Diabetes, so to the Australian Podiatry Association, lobbying the Government for greater access to Medicare supplemented visits for chronic conditions like Diabetes…are they listening, do they care.

“We continue to see more than 275 new cases of diabetes develop every day in Australia and we must take more serious and sustained action to help prevent this. By developing policies that can help prevent diabetes we can assist governments to focus on initiatives that address the oncoming expensive health crisis,” Diabetes Australia Chief Executive Officer Lewis Kaplan.

The person that cares the Most…should be the person with Diabetes. Often though you are overwhelmed with all the information when you are newly Diagnosed with Diabetes. Foot care is important for the person with Diabetes and you need to know why and your chances of complications.

We have been providing assessment and education for people diagnosed with type 1 and type 2 Diabetes for over 25 years and the other day I was asked if I thought it all a waste of my time. My quick response was…NO!!!!

We were part of a Government pilot program in Bundaberg back in the early 1990′s supplying support and education for Diabetes and Foot related complications…sadly no simple cure then or now. We still chip away at the many Myths surrounding Diabetic foot complications, supplying help, guidance and Treatment for the person with concerns about Diabetes and their feet.

No we don’t think foot care for Diabetes is a waste of time…neither should you.

Click Here for a Diabetes brochure on Foot care.

If you need us we are Here to Help.

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Foam Roller Before or After Exercise

Foam Roller Therapy is one of our Secret weapons in the Podiatry clinic for the Treatment of Foot Pain and Leg Pain.

Personal use of the foam roller can make you an instant fan of the treatment for muscle aches and pains…don’t over do it though, follow simple instructions from your therapist and a little common sense.

Here is a very good video explaining simple exercises with foam roller…no it is not me in the video but I wish I looked that good with my shirt off.

Foam roller therapy is so useful we are considering using it as part of warm up for our Tai chi / Qi gong classes. We find that the modern “Western” body is so out of balance externally and internally that simple Tai chi postures cause enough discomfort to the student that they are not relaxing into the Tai chi form or even worse…preforming the Tai chi postures incorrectly, causing more harm than good.

Being a Podiatrist definitely comes in handy while teaching Tai chi… we find that the 3 Circle Qi gong posture highlights external physical imbalance as well as internal imbalance. The problem in the past has been getting the student to stick with the Qi gong long enough with the correct posture to gain the benefits. We are working at aligning the scientific understanding with the “Esoteric” nature of Qi gong and Tai chi…that is where the Foam Rollers are coming in.

Foam rollers are used by different therapists in various way…using different physiological theories. Trigger point therapy, myofascial release, Strain / counter strain theory, Active Release and Myofascial meridian theory are some of the theories that drive the therapies. The Myofascial Meridian theory is what we are working with at the moment in the clinic and it seems to mesh well with our knowledge of the Internal Chinese Martial Arts. We will discuss this theory in greater detail in another article.

A life time of Martial Arts combined with over 25 years as a clinical Podiatrist has left its toll much like any active working person. Like you we often don’t have the best ergonomically designed work environment…especially when doing off site visits like Aged Care facilities.

What sort of Pain can Foam Roller therapy Help

One of my Old injuries to the Left thigh has benefited greatly by a bit of Self Treatment with the Foam Roller. Like most injuries we fail to give them the time and professional care due to active busy lives, choosing to soldier on. Well these injuries eventually come back to haunt you, demanding your attention. This injury over time produced referred Pain to the left Knee…after excluding more sinister conditions we went about using the Foam Roller to work on the damaged myofascial region causing the pain. In this case we received rapid response by using the foam roller before and after exercise…this may not always be the case.

Click Here for a Chart of some of the Exercises with a Foam Roller.

A little warning…self assessment of medical conditions and injuries seems to be a hobby of most people and I’m no different to you except I have a Masters degree in Podiatry as well as the common sense to seek expert opinions for my health when it is outside of my expertise. This common sense saved my life when I detected a serious heart condition and sort specialist care…yet another story for another day.

Before exercising with a Foam Roller have any Painful injury assessed by the appropriate Health Professional…Podiatrist, Physiotherapist, Osteopath, Chiropractor or Medical Doctor…whatever your choice.

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Corns Gone in 5 Days or Money Back

Podiatrists don’t make claims for Corns like this because they are misleading…you will see advertising like this in some countries but we think it is better to give you the Whole Picture so you can decide what corn treatment is best for you.

We understand that if you have a painful corn that has wiped the smile off your face you wish that it could just go away…forever.

First you need to understand what a Corn is and What causes corns before you can successfully Treat corns. Home remedies for corns fail to prevent them returning unless you remove the cause.

The most common cause of Corns on Toes is Pressure from Footwear…usually the ones you love the most and can’t bear to part with…so what to do.

Corns are a natural thickening of the epidermal layers of the skin in response to pressure. When the corn becomes too thick that is when it may become painful. Common areas are the Tops of Toes and under the Ball of the Foot. The only difference between a common corn and callus is the corn is due to a more localised pressure resulting in a deeper cone shaped skin lesion rather than thickening over a broader area (Callus). The medical term for a simple hard corn is Heloma Durum.

Soft corns are located in between toes…retaining moisture due to the crowding of the toes. Most common place where soft corns are found is in between the Little toe and the 4th toe. They have a habit of being more painful, prone to infection and even ulceration. The medical term for a soft corn is Heloma Molle.

Most over-the-counter treatments and home remedies for corns try to soften the corn hoping it will then fall off by itself…often leaving a painful white soggy mess instead…much like when you leave a Band-aid on way too long. Some treatments contain acids and if inappropriately applied can lead to infection and ulceration even in young healthy feet.

It is not Safe to self treat corns if you have chronic medical conditions like:

  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral vascular disease (Poor circulation)
  • Peripheral neuropathy (Poor sensation)
  • Sensitive skin

Prior to 1937 some over-the-counter corn cures contained a tincture of Cannabis, maybe to give you… Happy Feet.

So 1st we need to do is determine the safest form of treatment for corns before you give it a go yourself…or make it easy and Find a Podiatrist that provides this service…Yes I’m biased. After 25 years we have seen way too many infected and ulcerated toes from home remedy treatments for corns.

The skilled experienced hands of your Podiatrist will choose the safest Pain Free treatment for corns. If you are a little nervous and worried about Pain your Podiatrist is qualified to apply a SPRAY application to provide temporary anaesthesia…No injection required. Most treatments are naturally Pain Free and require nothing more than skilled expert foot care.

Instant relief from painful corns can usually be attained with the help of your Podiatrist…so why wait 5 Days. What we want is a long term solution though.

The Only 2 things that can be done to treat corns in the long term:

  • Relieve the Pressure that causes them
  • Increase the skins natural resistance to pressure

Do you want to keep battling with corns by yourself…would you prefer an easy option.

We will not judge even when you know it is your gorgeous fashion shoes causing the corn, your favourite pair…we will help you stay stylish and put the smile back on your face.

All we want to do is become your partner in foot health…and bring back the smile :-)

Ciao for Now

Colin

P.S. Our clinic on the Sunshine Coast is at Yin Health , Kawana

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For further Reading we have included the Australian Podiatry Association Brochure on Corns & Calluses

Chiropodist Podiatrist what is the difference

Chiropodist Podiatrist is no real difference it all depends what Country you are from

When I first started Podiatry times were changing in a big way. My tertiary qualification was Podiatry but the professional registration board in Queensland was still the Chiropodist Board of Registration. Around this time most of us would put Podiatrist / Chiropodist on all our signage and business cards. Even then people were confused as to what we actually did and we would even have to simplify it to the ‘Foot Dr’ at most neighbourhood BBQ’s.

The term Chiropodist originated in the United Kingdom and is still used to this day in the UK to describe the professional who is a Register Health professional that specialises in the treatment and diagnosis of Foot and Lower limb conditions. Australia initially adopted the same name…and so did the Americans.

So why the change of names?

Well the American Chiropodists started to push the boundaries of their profession and to clarify a few legal issues it was decided to start afresh…with the name changing to Podiatrist to signify the advances and also focus the publics attention that they were the Foot and Lower Limb specialists.

Australian Podiatrists decided that it was not a Bad idea and after much deliberation started the process of changing the State Chiropody registration boards to Podiatry registration Boards in the late 1980′s.

You can understand the older generation still thinking of us as Chiropodists…it really hasn’t been that long since Podiatrist became the correct term in Australia.

It seems that there is confusion in more than Australia…on a recent trip to Ireland I noticed the dual purpose signs of Chiropodist / Podiatrist on many a shingle hanging outside a Clinic.

A little trivia for you…if you are interested in the History of Chiropodist Podiatrist…Here

As of 2011 Podiatrists are Nationally registered under the Podiatrist Board of Australia so it is much easier for you to check to see who is a registered Podiatrist. In the early days many people pretended to be “Nearly Chiropodists” and it seems that a few people are pretending to be “Nearly Podiatrists” these days.

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How much does a Podiatrist Cost

Podiatry Clinics should Reveal Cost of Podiatry Treatment

Most health professionals don’t like displaying the cost of Podiatrist visit or explain what is included with the consultation. They claim it may prevent the patient from making an appointment if they know the cost upfront and prevent them adding in extra fees once they have attracted them to the clinic.

That is silly don’t you think…everyone asks ‘How much’ so why not be up front and state it from the beginning. Why try and hide behind  ”We are Health professionals we don’t Do that”. Well we know that you want to know how much does a Podiatrist cost.

We value and seek long term relationships with our patients and their families so we are willing to be up front from the beginning with our Podiatry Service Fees.

There can be lots of different fees depending on what Podiatry treatment is provided so we have tried to simplify things as much as possible. Some providers make it difficult for you to find out the Total Cost to you by having a long list of Extras that are added to the consultation fee such as padding, strapping and dressing fees. These Extras may not be covered by your Private Health insurance so can add considerably to the Total cost of your Podiatry treatment.

These are the 3 commonly asked Questions relating to Podiatry cost.

Q. How much does an Initial Podiatry treatment cost

A. Initial Podiatry consultation item no. F004  $70.00 (March 2012)

This consultation is up to 30 min long and includes assessment, treatment plan and treatment. This fee is inclusive of temporary padding, strapping or dressings…Yes we get a lot done in 30 min but we don’t want to rush you or brush aside your concerns so we will discuss your need for subsequent consultations with complex conditions. We will at all times try and fully address your main concern within the initial consultation.

Think of your 1st consultation with us as a small investment in your Foot Health future.

Q. How much does a 2nd and subsequent Podiatry visit cost

A. Subsequent Podiatry consultation item no. F012  $60.00 (March 2012)

This is a 15-20 min visit that is for follow-up reviews, x-ray reviews and on-going general foot care. We also include temporary padding, strapping and dressings in this fee. Once part of the family we waive the higher initial consultation fee that other clinics may apply to new episodes of care or if you have not attended for an extended period.

Q. How much do Orthotics cost

A. We currently do not provide orthotics at the new clinic due to a restriction in suitable space for in-house orthotic lab. We don’t ever want to provide a 2nd rate service…but we do have over 25 years experience in orthotic manufacturing and prescription.

We offer an orthotic review service for people having difficulty with existing orthotics to assist you and the prescribing podiatrist solve the problem. We find that many times the troublesome orthotics may no longer be necessary and or an alternative solution that is more Patient friendly can be found.

A recent issue that is being addressed by Private health insurance companies is the incorrect Billing of Orthotics. We find that many patients have been billed for Custom orthotics when in fact they are off-the-shelf orthotics that have been customised…huge difference in Value and Price. The insurance companies are trying to stamp out this fraudulent practice.

We get asked if Soft orthotics are better than Hard orthotics? Well both hard and soft orthotics have there roll to play…depending on which condition they are treating and the cause of the condition. So being told that one type is better than the other is not true…if your podiatrist is saying this to you,ask them to show you the research and then get them to send me a copy.

As a general rule Hard orthotics have a longer life cycle and may be more economical in the long run. It is not unusual to see hard orthotics last 10-15 years with a bit of love and care whereas Soft orthotics usually have a much shorter life cycle…1-2 years.

What you want in an orthotic is one that is comfortable, fits in the style of shoe it is meant for and addresses the condition that you have been diagnosed with as economically as possible…your podiatrist should have talked you through the whole process, well they would have if they followed the Australian Podiatry Association Guideline for orthotics.

We hope the clarifies the Cost of Podiatry Visits and helps you avoid any nasty surprises.

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P.S. If you think you are eligible for Podiatry services under the Department of Veterans Affairs or subsidised treatment under the Medicare scheme for Chronic Disease please contact the office for the current requirements. The amount of rebate from your Private Health insurance varies from insurer to insurer and we are not legally allowed to give you an estimate on the possible rebate. Please check with your insurer to see if you are covered for Podiatry. If you are not covered for Podiatry don’t worry we will always search for the most economical Podiatry treatment.

 

Finding a Podiatrist

…when you need Foot care

Finding the right podiatrist for you can be simple when you use a very short check list. Don’t waste your precious time by going to the wrong podiatrist. Some clinics only have special interests in sports related injuries and no longer provide general foot care or traditional Podiatry services like toenail surgery.

I nearly didn’t believe it when one of my patients told me her story of how she made an appointment for general foot care when on an extended holiday…only to be told by the podiatrist that he didn’t normally provide that service. You could understand that she wasn’t very happy with his half hearted attempt and High fee. You would think that the receptionist would have told her what services where available, wouldn’t you.

So have a chat to the friendly receptionist when making an appointment with any Health Professional or make an online enquiry with the following question in mind.

“Does the clinic offer the service that you need?”

For example do they Treat ingrown toenails, corns /calluses, treat children or provide Diabetic assessment and education etc or are they just focused on prescribing orthotics. Do they asses you as a whole and discuss other health services… provided by other health professionals that may be more beneficial.

Such a simple thing to ask… you may forget to ask it.

For example we do not provide orthotic therapy at present…choosing to review orthotics, discuss your alternatives and refer on to other clinics if we feel that orthotics would be beneficial. We don’t have suitable facilities to provide outstanding service in this area so we choose to collaborate with other providers rather than provide a 2nd rate service.

We are not for everybody some people want a different type of service…we know this. Here is a link to help you look at other podiatry services and make an informed choice.

The Right Podiatrist for you is the one that provides the Right service for you.

The Right Podiatrist will provide an engaging service that suits your needs.

If you think that we may be Right for You…Contact us at Yin Health and make sure.

If the Reception Team is unable to fully answer your enquiry the Podiatrist will respond as soon as possible.