Foot supports are frequently used to deal with numerous foot conditions. The scientific research is they are usually successful and that they help more often than not to help individuals with a range of different foot problems. Despite that success there are lots of people and health professionals who do not like foot orthotics, sometimes calling foot orthotics crutches and to be avoided as people could become dependant on their use. Because of this they advocate against using foot orthotics and propose options. There are a number of choices which can be tried if an informed decision is made by each person in regards to what is best for them. One choice is muscle strengthening. The muscles that support the mid-foot (arch) of the foot may be strengthened and reconditioned to support the arch. A possible problem with this strategy would be that it will not be something which will probably occur in the short term and it is much more of a long term option. This is often a problem if there is a lot of pain existing and a short term remedy is needed.

One more choice is to use flip flops that have the arch support built into the design. There are actually multiple brands available on the market with the Archies Arch Support Thongs being among the more well known. They are labeled “thongs” as that is what they call flip flops in Australia which is where these are from. There are actually a good number of jokes about this language variation. The Archie thongs contains a 2.2 cm arch already a part of them which is pretty much like what you get in most over-the-counter foot supports. They are becoming very popular with podiatrists in Australia with numerous podiatry centers promoting them. This is an alternative which is consistent with those that would rather use that type of footwear as a lifestyle choice as foot supports does reduce the range of footwear which can be used.