Foot supports are a widely used intervention for a wide range of foot and lower leg biomechanical conditions. These are developed and helpful to correct structural and functional issues. All of the scientific data is they are usually very effective and the patient satisfaction type research shows that they are well accepted by those that have them. That does not mean that they do not have problems. They certainly do have problems. They are able to only be used in footwear that has the room for the supports to fit into. This implies that they are unable to be used in some varieties of sports footwear plus some footwear used in certain occupations. Also, in some climates closed in shoes are not too popular due to the temperatures. Some people just have a philosophical opposition to foot orthotics as they look at them as being unnatural and as crutches which should not be used.
Although foot orthotics are pretty straight forward and will very easily be designed to work in the short to medium term there are alternatives if users want to follow that choice. Exercise treatments are one alternative and muscle strength may be increased and used instead. On the other hand, this will take many months to work and it will be a good plan to use foot supports initially because they can help get some improvement almost right away. If shoes are the challenge and it is difficult for monetary, work-related, sporting or chosen lifestyle reasons to change the footwear, there are choices like the Archie Flip Flops that come from Australia and have a decent amount of arch support built in. There are more types of footwear like these that do have support integrated, though the amount is rather small compared to the Archies and might not necessarily be as helpful. As always you should always talk to your health professional about what they feel is the better option for you.