Foot inserts are traditionally used to take care of a range of biomechanical disorders of the foot and lower leg. These foot orthotics are inserts that are used in the footwear to try and adjust alignment of the foot in a way that they help conditions in the foot and leg. These problems range from, for example, plantar fasciitis in the heel to shin splints that may happen in the legs of runners. All the scientific evidence shows that the clinical results with foot inserts are likely to be beneficial and most people that have them are satisfied with them. Nevertheless, foot inserts are only ever be any good if you actually wear them. You do need to have proper footwear to use them in and use them enough for the problem they were required for to get better.
One of the difficulties with foot supports is that you simply need to use them in shoes. This can be a dilemma if you don't like using footwear or live in a hot environment in which the using of shoes is problematic. In these climates people like putting on jandals (known as ‘thongs’ in Australia) which you can simply not wear with a foot supports. There are numerous alternatives that you can get. Among those is to limit the time that you're not wearing the foot inserts, so that you wear footwear with the orthotics enough and do not wear the flip flops too much so that the painful condition does not occur. An alternative is to use 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 generally be used as opposed to foot supports. Shoes like the Archies will most likely not be as good as an adequately made foot orthotic, but they would be more than satisfactory to supplement them and use when the proper shoes cannot or will not be worn.