Foot orthotics are frequently used to take care of a wide range of foot disorders. The scientific data is they are in general effective and that they work usually to help people with a range of different foot disorders. Irrespective of that success there's a lot of people and health professionals who don't like foot orthotics, sometimes calling foot orthotics crutches and to be not used as people could become dependant on them. For this reason they recommend against using foot orthotics and propose alternate options. There are various of choices which can be attempted if an informed selection is made by each individual as to what is best for them. One option is muscle strengthening. The muscles that support the arch of the feet can be strengthened and reconditioned to support the arch. The only issue with this strategy is that it is not something that is going to take place in the short term and it is much more of a long term alternative. This can be a problem if there is a lot of discomfort existing and a short term treatment is necessary.

One other choice is with flip flops that contain the arch support included in the design. There are multiple brands in the marketplace with the Archies Arch Support Thongs being among the more common. They are named “thongs” because that's what they call flip flops in Australia which is where they are made. There are actually quite a few jokes about that language difference. The Archie thongs has a 2.2 cm arch built into them that is quite similar to what you get in the majority of pre-made foot supports. They are turning out to be really popular with podiatrists in Australia with a lot of podiatry practices marketing them. This is an alternative which is in keeping with those that choose to use that type of footwear as a lifestyle choice as foot supports does limit the range of shoes which you can use.