Children with lower limb development problems are at greater risk of suffering foot and leg pains, disengaging from physical activity and experiencing social exclusion. Orthotics (shoe inserts) are commonly utilised by Podiatrists in the management of such foot problems. However as they are expensive to purchase, poor socioeconomic groups can have difficulties affording this treatment option.
Accordingly Footscape has developed partnerships with the following organisations that assist clients experiencing significant disadvantage throughout Victoria:
- Carrington Health
- Inner East Community Health
- IPC Health
- Latrobe Community Health Service
- Manningham Community Health Services
- Merri Health
- Monash Health
- Plenty Valley Community Health
- Star Health
- Your Community Health
Footscape is subsequently funding orthotics for financially disadvantaged children attending these services for foot problems. This project is allowing 'at-risk' children to access orthotics and ensure their young bodies can grow and develop as healthy as possible.
Footscape invites Primary and Community Health Organisations accredited with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to partner with Footscape and operate the Children’s Orthotic Project. For further information please refer to the recently completed Children’s Orthotic Project Evaluation Report.
Podiatrists of partnering organisations may use the Paediatric Orthoses Assessment Form to submit details of orthotics funded by Footscape.