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Orthotic Lab options

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Steve5572, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. Steve5572

    Steve5572 Active Member


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    I would like to trial different orthotic Labs in Victoria. However most dont seem to have websites unless there selling prefabs and in general seem to be difficult to find.
    Can u please tell me what orthotic Labs u use or know of?
    No self promotions or advertisements please.
    Cheers
    Steve
     
  2. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Steve, I moved this to the Australia forum as I assume you mean Victoria, Australia and not Victoria, Canada? Let me know if not.
     
  3. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    The Melbourne labs I can think of are:
    • The Orthotic Laboratory (TOL)
    • Footworks
    • Peninsula Podiatric Lab (PPL)
    • Davinci Kinetics
    • Orthotech
    • Melbourne Podiatric Lab
    There are a couple of others, but can't recall there names at the moment
     
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2007
  4. Richard Chasen

    Richard Chasen Well-Known Member

    Also K-Tech, to add to Craig's list
     
  5. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    Thanks Richard - I did know about them, but the name escaped me....
     
  6. Dean Hartley

    Dean Hartley Well-Known Member

    FootCraft (previously Albury Orthotic Laboratory) - this lab is on the border, in Albury. Technically NSW, but you can pretty much see the river from the lab...

    Dean
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2007
  7. Steve5572

    Steve5572 Active Member

    Thank you all.
    This should give me a few options to trial.

    Steve
     
  8. kahlilwilson

    kahlilwilson New Member

    check out www.orthotech.com.au if you would like a lab in Victoria, they have a website and promote custom orthotics.
     
  9. David Wedemeyer

    David Wedemeyer Well-Known Member

    Hello Khalil,

    I am curious as to your opinion of ScanAny in the market there is Australia, also what percentage of your providers use the system vs. plaster?

    I own a ScanAny system and have used it in the past but there was only a couple of labs in the US supporting it and they appear to have vanished.

    Regards,
     
  10. DaVinci

    DaVinci Well-Known Member

    Thats the problem with any scanner based technology. If you do not want to use the lab you got it off any more, then you are left with a 'white elephant', as it not transferable to another lab.
     
  11. David Wedemeyer

    David Wedemeyer Well-Known Member

    DaVinci

    That is 100% true in my experience. I also have noticed that some of the labs that produce orthoses from these proprietary digital scanners are substandard.

    ScanAny is a very good system as is their lab software but none of the quality labs here in the U.S. appear to be willing to abandon existing technology. This is especially true of their investment in a scanning system that is in place and tried and true for plaster and foam box casts.

    I had three gripes with the ScanAny system:

    1. Lighting does affect the integrity of the scan, as does distance and angle. You can achieve a good scan but it is not as consistent as one would hope.

    2. The calcaneus is difficult to capture adequately with stereo optics in 3D.

    3. Lack of choice of quality and PFOLA approved labs.
     
  12. Lorraine Munro

    Lorraine Munro Active Member

    Hello,
    Is there any reason why you are restricting yourself to Victoria? I am based in NSW and am really pleased with Patrick from Sole performance in Qld. Ive been using his lab for a number of years now.
    Regards Lorraine
     
  13. meltonfc

    meltonfc Member

    I have used Artur's orthoses from Footworks for years now. The finish on the devices is first class and he is more than happy to help or fix any issues that you may have with the devices.

    Over my time I have trialled orthoses from other labs in Vic - they don't compare when looking at fit and quality.;)
     
  14. LuckyLisfranc

    LuckyLisfranc Well-Known Member

    What I would really love is a definitive list of ALL of the podiatric foot orthosis labs in Australia.

    Any takers?

    LL
     
  15. carolethecatlover

    carolethecatlover Well-Known Member

    I would like a list too! I would like a 2 to 4 week placement in any lab in Australia.
    2nd year student at Newcastle.
     
  16. dyfoot

    dyfoot Well-Known Member

    I guess there aren't any takers.

    I didn't find much on google.

    Yellow pages might be better.

    Cheers,

    Brad Randazzo
     
  17. dyfoot

    dyfoot Well-Known Member

    Not much on Yellow pages online either!

    This is the link to the pfola (prescription foot orthotic laboratory association) directory (international)
    www.nvo.com/pfola/memberdirectory.

    Cheers,

    Brad Randazzo
     
  18. Heather J Bassett

    Heather J Bassett Well-Known Member

    Hi for those who went the the conference last week there were many labs there. Conferences are a good way to see what is out there. Perhaps the Apod Council can give you a list of those who exhibited at the trade displays.

    Cheers
     
  19. delpod

    delpod Active Member

    Original Poster,

    I use a Victorian Lab called Podscan, they are located in Carrum Downs (near Frankston). They utilise laser scanning technology and are still able to make devices from plaster casts (laser scans the inside of the cast). I've been using them for a few months now and they produce an orthotic which not only looks great but seems to be VERY accurate (particularly with arch contour) - im yet to have a single patient complain of irritation in the arch or a feeling of "a bar under the arch" with these orthtotics. they do a direct milled EVA in a number of densities and the usual options of polyprop and EVA/poly combos etc. prices are quite good too!
     
  20. Paul Bowles

    Paul Bowles Well-Known Member

    Or you could contact one of the suppliers who were selling the milling machines and software...there were plenty of those as well - first time I have ever seen that at a Pod Conference in that number and at that price!
     
  21. scottmacpod

    scottmacpod New Member

    We are currently looking for a new lab were I work, we find that we are mostly dealing in CFA devices.

    Does any lab in particular have good CFA's to anyone's knowledge? or as they are CFA are they much of a muchness??

    Feed back or recommendations would be great.

    Cheers
     
  22. LuckyLisfranc

    LuckyLisfranc Well-Known Member

    What is a CFA?

    LL
     
  23. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    Its the name used by one lab here in melbourne for their library device.
     
  24. ceridwen

    ceridwen Member

    Footworks 'Joeys' are pretty good- a few different corrections available, and fit well into shoes
     
  25. dragon_v723

    dragon_v723 Well-Known Member

    i think cfa is the same as joeys?
     
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