Foot inserts are widely used to take care of a variety of biomechanical conditions of the feet and lower leg. These foot supports are inserts that are used in the footwear to attempt to improve alignment of the feet in such a way that they help conditions in the feet and leg. These complaints range from, for example, plantar fasciitis in the heel to shin splints that may occur in the legs of athletes. All the research evidence shows that the clinical outcomes with foot inserts are usually good and most people that have them are happy with them. However, foot orthoses are only ever be worthwhile if you actually use them. You do need to have suitable footwear to use them in and use them for long enough for the disorder they were prescribed for to resolve.
Among the issues with foot inserts is that you simply need to use them in footwear. This can be a dilemma if you do not like using shoes or live in a warm environment where the wearing of shoes is difficult. In these environments people like putting on jandals (called ‘thongs’ in Australia) which you can simply not use with a foot supports. There are numerous options that are offered. Among those is to restrict the time that you're not using the foot orthotics, so that you wear shoes with the foot supports for long enough and don't wear the flip flops too much so that the painful condition does not occur. An alternative choice is by using things such as the arch support sandals or jandals such as the Archie Thongs from Australia. These have some arch support built into them and can typically be used rather than foot orthoses. Shoes such as the Archies will usually not be as effective as a properly made foot supports, but they would be more than adequate to supplement them and use when the proper footwear can't or will not be used.