Foot supports are generally widely used to take care of a range of biomechanical conditions of the feet and lower leg. These foot supports are inserts which are used in the footwear to attempt to improve positioning of the foot in such a way that they help problems in the foot and leg. These complaints vary from, for example, plantar fasciitis in the heel to shin splints that may occur in the legs of runners. All the research evidence shows that the clinical outcomes with foot supports are usually very good and most people that have foot orthotics are satisfied with them. However, foot orthotics can only ever be worthwhile if you actually use them. You do need to have appropriate footwear to use them in and use them for long enough for the condition they were required for to resolve.

Among the problems with foot orthotics is that you need to use them in shoes. This may be a problem if you don't like wearing shoes or live in a hot climate where the using of shoes is problematic. In these climates people like putting on jandals (referred to as ‘thongs’ in Australia) which you can simply not use with a foot orthotic. There are several alternatives that are available. Among those is to limit the time that you are not using the foot orthotics, so that you wear shoes with the foot supports enough and do not wear the flip flops too much so that the painful problem does not occur. An alternative is by using things like the arch support sandals or jandals such as the Archie Thongs from Australia. These have some arch support included in them and can typically be used instead of foot supports. Footwear like the Archies will usually not be as good as an adequately made foot supports, but they would be more than adequate to supplement them and use when the proper shoes cannot or will not be worn.