Foot supports are frequently used to treat a number of foot problems. The scientific evidence is that they are typically helpful and that they help more often than not to help individuals with a variety of different foot conditions. Despite having that success there's a lot of people and clinicians that do not recommend foot orthotics, sometimes talking about them as crutches and to be avoided as people may become dependant on them. For this reason they advocate against them and suggest alternatives. There are various of alternatives that could be looked at if an informed decision is made by each individual as to what is best for them. One option is muscle strengthening. The muscles that support the mid-foot (arch) of the foot can be strengthened and reconditioned to support the arch. A possible problem with this approach is that it isn't something which will probably occur in the short term and is more of a long term solution. This is usually a dilemma if there is a lot of pain present and a short term treatment is required.
One more choice is to use flip flops that contain the arch support built into the design. There are multiple brands available on the market with the Archies Arch Support Thongs being among the more common. They are described as “thongs” because that's what they name flip flops in Australia that is where they are manufactured. You can find quite a few jokes about this terminology difference. The Archie thongs contains a 2.2 centimetre arch constructed into them which is fairly much like what you get in many pre-fabricated foot orthotics. They are proving to be well liked with podiatrists in Australia with many podiatry practices marketing them. This is an alternative that is consistent with those who would rather use that type of footwear as a lifestyle option as foot orthotics may reduce the range of shoes which they can use.