Foot orthoses are widely used to take care of a range of biomechanical problems of the foot and lower leg. These foot orthoses are inserts that are worn in the shoe to try and alter positioning of the feet in such a way that they help problems in the feet and leg. These problems vary from, for example, plantar fasciitis in the heel to medial stress syndrome that can occur in the legs of runners. All the scientific evidence shows that the clinical results with foot supports usually are very good and most people that have them are satisfied with them. Nevertheless, foot orthotics are only ever be any good if you in fact wear them. You do need to have proper footwear to wear them in and use them enough for the disorder they were used for to resolve.
One of the issues with foot supports is that you simply need to use them in footwear. This is often a issue if you do not like wearing shoes or live in a warm environment where the using of shoes is difficult. In these climates people like using jandals (known as ‘thongs’ in Australia) which you can not really wear with a foot supports. There are numerous alternatives that are offered. One of those is to limit the time that you are not using the foot orthoses, so that you wear footwear with the orthotics enough and do not wear the sandals too much so that the painful problem does not occur. An alternative choice is to use things like the arch support sandals or jandals likethe Archie Thongs from Australia. These have some arch support constructed into them and can typically be used instead of foot orthoses. Footwear much like the Archies will generally not be as effective as a properly made foot orthotic, but they would be more than sufficient to supplement them and use when the proper footwear cannot or will not be worn.