Foot orthotics are widely used to treat a wide range of foot problems. The scientific evidence is that they are generally effective and that they work most of the time to help people with a range of different foot problems. Despite that success there are many people and health professionals who do not like them, sometimes calling them crutches and to be avoided as people can become dependant on them. For this reason they advocate against them and suggest alternatives. There are a number of alternatives that could be tried if an informed decision is made by each person as to what is best for them. One alternative is muscle strengthening. The muscles that support the arch of the foot can be strengthened and reconditioned to support the arch. The only problem with this approach is that it is not something that is going to happen in the short term and is more of a long term option. This can be a problem if there is a lot of pain present and a short term treatment is needed.

Another alternative is to use flip flops that have the arch support built into them. There are multiple brands available on the market with the Archies Arch Support Thongs being one of the more popular. They are called “thongs” as that is what they call flip flops in Australia which is where they are from. There are quite a few jokes about that language difference. The Archie thongs has a 2.2 centimetre arch built into them which is pretty similar to what you get in most over-the-counter foot supports. They are proving to be very popular with podiatrists in Australia with many podiatry clinics selling them. This is an option that is consistent with those who prefer to use that type of footwear as a lifestyle option as foot orthotics does restrict the range of footwear that can be used.