Foot orthotics are typically used to take care of a variety of biomechanical conditions that affect the feet and lower leg and related structures. These are supports or inserts which are worn in the shoe to attempt to modify alignment and function of the foot in a way that they help ailments that occur in the foot and leg. These complaints or ailments range from things like, for example, plantar fasciitis in the heel to painful bunions to shin splints that can happen in the legs of athletes. All the scientific evidence shows that the clinical outcomes with foot orthoses are likely to be very good and most people that have used them are satisfied with them. Nevertheless, foot orthotics are only ever going be any good if you in fact wear them and to do that, you do need to have suitable shoes to use them in and wear them for long enough for the problem they were recommended for to get better.
Among the problems with foot supports is that issue of you needing to use them in shoes. This can be a real dilemma if you do not like wearing shoes or live in a hot environment where the using of shoes is problematic and uncomfortable. In these climates people like using jandals (referred to as ‘thongs’ in Australia) which you can not really wear with a foot supports. There are numerous options that are available. One of those is to restrict the time that you’re not wearing the foot orthoses, so that you wear footwear with the orthoses for long enough and don’t wear the sandals too much so that the painful problem does not occur. An alternative choice is by using things such as the arch support sandals or jandals like the Archie Thongs from Australia. These have some arch support included in them and can typically be used instead of foot orthoses. Shoes like the Archies will normally not be as effective as a properly made foot orthotic, but they could be more than satisfactory to supplement them and use when the proper footwear can’t or will not be used.