Foot orthotics are generally traditionally used to deal with a range of biomechanical conditions of the feet and lower leg. These foot orthoses are inserts which are worn in the footwear to try and change alignment of the foot in such a way that they help ailments in the feet and leg. These problems vary from, for example, plantar fasciitis in the heel to medial stress syndrome that may happen in the legs of athletes. All the research evidence shows that the clinical outcomes with foot supports are generally good and most people that have them are happy with them. Nonetheless, foot inserts are only ever do worthwhile if you actually wear them. You do need to have suitable footwear to use them in and wear them for long enough for the problem they were issued for to resolve.
One of the issues with foot supports is that you simply need to use them in shoes. This can be a dilemma if you don't like wearing footwear or reside in a warm environment where the using of shoes is problematic. In these environments people like putting on jandals (called ‘thongs’ in Australia) which you can simply not wear with a foot supports. There are numerous options that are offered. Among those is to restrict the time that you are not using the foot orthotics, so that you wear shoes with the orthoses enough and don't wear the sandals too much so that the painful problem does not occur. An alternative choice is to use such things as the arch support sandals or jandals such as the Archie Thongs from Australia. These have some arch support included in them and can typically be used as opposed to foot orthotics. Footwear much like the Archies will generally not be as effective as an adequately made foot supports, but they could be more than sufficient to supplement them and use when the proper footwear can't or will not be worn.