Foot inserts are widely used to take care of a variety of biomechanical conditions of the foot and leg. These foot orthotics are inserts that are worn in the footwear in an attempt to alter positioning of the feet in such a way that they help disorders in the foot and leg. These complaints range from, for example, plantar fasciitis in the heel to medial stress syndrome that may happen in the legs of athletes. All the scientific evidence shows that the clinical outcomes with foot inserts are usually beneficial and most people that have them are happy with them. Nevertheless, foot supports can only ever do any good if you actually wear them. You do need to have suitable shoes to wear them in and use them for long enough for the problem they were used for to resolve.
One of the problems with foot supports is that you simply need to use them in footwear. This is often a issue if you don’t like using shoes or reside in a warm environment where the using of footwear is difficult. In these climates people like using jandals (called ‘thongs’ in Australia) that you can simply not use with a foot orthotic. There are several options that are available. One of those is to restrict the time that you are not wearing the foot orthotics, so that you wear footwear with the inserts enough and do not wear the sandals too much so that the painful condition does not occur. Another choice is by using things like the arch support sandals or jandals such as the Archie Thongs from Australia. These have some arch support constructed into them and can typically be used rather than foot orthoses. Footwear much like the Archies will most likely not be as good as a properly made foot supports, however they would be more than adequate to supplement them and use when the proper shoes can’t or will not be worn.