Orthotics Cost Guide

How Much Do Podiatry Orthotics Cost?



Are you looking to find out how much custom orthotics cost in Melbourne?

At Stride Podiatry Clinic, we understand orthotics can be expensive, so we want to make sure you’re aware of the total process, why they’re used, how long they might last and the benefits and pitfalls of each device.

Our experienced Podiatrists will provide a full clinical assessment of your individual foot problems and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

If this treatment plan involves the use of orthotics, we will explain which type of device might be suitable and why.

Orthotics Cost Guide: Summary

The Stride Podiatry Clinic offers a wide range of Orthotics to suit different budgets.

Below we have have summarised the costs of the three types of orthotics that your Podiatrist may prescribe to you.

The costs in the table do not include the consultation costs of:

  • $98 initial consultation
  • $84 follow-up consultation

Note – if you purchase “full custom orthotics” two follow-up consultations are included.

Over The Counter Orthotics
$80 – $150*
Semi-Customised Orthotics
$400 – $440*
Full Custom Orthotics

*Prices are subject to change.

Please call your private health insurance provider to check if you are eligible for podiatry rebates on orthotics.

Orthotics Cost Guide: What’s Included

1 - Over The Counter Orthotics

  • These devices come in a large range of shapes, sizes, materials, degrees of arch support and other features. They are designed to accommodate different foot types, footwear and activities.
  • Some Prefabricated orthotics can be altered by your Podiatrist to suit your unique foot and concerns.
  • Prefabricated orthotics usually last between 6 and 12 months depending on how much you use them, what activities you use them for and the material they are made from.
  • Pre-Fabricated Orthotics can be issued at your appointment, meaning you don’t have to wait for them to be made up.
  • Depending on your level of private health insurance, you may be able to claim for Podiatry.

2 - Semi-Customised Orthotics

  • Semi-Custom Orthotics are the next level up from pre-fabricated orthotics.
  • They are non-casted orthotics, but your Podiatrist can choose from a larger range of more durable devices based on your usage requirements.
  • Your Podiatrist can choose from different combinations of shapes and additions to customize the device to suit your mechanics.
  • pencil tracing is taken of your feet to ensure the correct shape and size orthotic is produced.
  • They are then made in the orthotic laboratory which typically takes around a week.
  • Semi-Custom Orthotics are quite durable and depending on use often last longer than 2 years.
  • Depending on your level of private health insurance, you may be able to claim for Podiatry. If you are unsure, please call your private health insurer to check.

3 - Full Custom Orthotics

  • To obtain an accurate replication of your feet, digital scans are taken of your feet.
  • Based on the results of your biomechanics assessment, orthotics will be custom made for your individual feet.
  • Your Podiatrist can choose the precise amount of correction, shape, material, cover material, padding, thickness and size of the device in order to alter the function and movement of the muscles and joints as required. This can also be modified to provide two different devices for two different feet!
  • Dependant on how often your custom orthotics are worn, custom orthotics can last over 5 years.
  • Typically the best results can be achieved with custom orthotics and they are considered the gold standard in podiatric management.
  • Subject to any private health insurance that you have, some people are able to claim a large percentage of the cost of custom orthotics. If you are unsure, check with your health insurer. Please call 9939 3339 to check the appropriate codes for claiming through HICAPs.

What is included in an Orthotic Assessment?


To ensure that patients receive safe and effective foot care, our Podiatrists will provide you with a comprehensive service that includes:

  • Full clinical assessment, including biomechanical and video gait analysis;
  • Orthotics that suit the person and their individual foot problems;
  • Follow-up consultations;
  • Advice on appropriate footwear, stretching and strengthening exercises;
  • Ongoing treatment plan; and
  • Adjustment or modification of completed orthotics where required.

How Much Do Orthotics Cost in Australia?

In our article above, we’ve laid out the costs of getting orthotics from our Australian podiatry clinic.

Depending on the type of orthotics that your Podiatrist recommends, orthotics will end up costing you between $170 and $780 australian dolllars.

However, your orthotics cost could be lower if you have a private health insurance with Podiatry cover.

The private health insurance numbers for our custom orthotics service are F010, F118, F304, F012, F221.



Why Get Orthotics From a Podiatrist?

Podiatrists are the principal health care specialist trained to treat problems of the foot and lower leg.

After a thorough assessment of your condition, biomechanics, lifestyle and footwear you may be prescribed orthotics as a method of treatment.

This article was written to give you more detailed information on the costs associated with getting orthotics from your Podiatrist.

We don’t think it is fair that some Podiatrists hide orthotics fees from you and make the average cost of orthotics look lower than the true cost to the patient.

Sometimes making orthotics appear cheaper than they are in total!!