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Posts for: January, 2019

“Zero Pain”

One Patient’s Real Life Experience with Orthotics

“I first began seeing Dr. Harvey for pain in my right heel. I work as a manager at a local business here in Manteca, CA and I’m on my feet all day, but my condition made it so that I had to walk around on my tip toes everywhere. It was awful!"

Does this sound like you or someone you love? Read on for this patient's experience in our office:

"Dr. Harvey advised me that in addition to steroid shots, custom orthotics could help relieve my pain. I followed his treatment plan and now six months later I have zero pain! I wear the custom orthotics he made for me every single day. The staff was very helpful and Jackie even worked with my insurance company to help me get a second pair almost for free. She was great. I highly recommend working with Dr. Harvey and the team at San Joaquin Foot & Ankle if you have similar issues; I’m so glad that I did!”

--54 year old female resident of Manteca


You may have heard about orthotics in the past and wondered if they can help you and if it’s worth the investment. This post is focused on answering all of your questions about orthotics. Orthotics are supportive devices used in shoes to give functional support and control to the foot. They work by encouraging your foot into a neutral position which more evenly distributes forces throughout your foot and eliminates pain-inducing abnormal motion.

What types of conditions can orthotics help with? Amazingly, orthotics can aid in the treatment of several types of foot problems. Orthotics can be a great help to those suffering with issues such as:

  • Heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
  • Achilles Tendonitis (inflammation and/or pain in the Achilles tendon)
  • Arthritis
  • Flat Feet
  • Great Toe Pain
  • Neuromas (Thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerves causing pain)
  • Metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot)
  • Diabetic Neuropathy

What are the advantages of using orthotics? First, many patients find immediate relief from pain by using orthotics. Second, there are several types of orthotics to fit all budgets, shoe styles, and comfort levels. Third, they are often times a less expensive and less invasive way of treating foot conditions than surgical intervention. Fourth, many insurance companies cover the cost of custom orthotics either partially or entirely, making custom orthotics even more affordable.

Curious about whether orthotics might be right for you? Contact our office at 209-823-3700 or make an appointment for a consultation.