Foot orthotics are a very effective modality used by podiatrists to treat a wide range of foot problems. All the clinical experiences and research evidence is that they are pretty effective. However, one problem with them is that they need to be worn in shoes. That is obviously a lifestyle choice, but sometimes the choices and the environment do not necessarily accommodate the use of the right footwear which foot orthotics can be worn in.
One question that you see asked often is that are those flip flops that have an arch support built into them, can they be used instead of foot orthotics. There are a number of brands on the market of flip flops that have varying amounts of arch support built into them.
Are they as good as foot orthotics?
Probably not. The support that is built into them is comparable to what you would get from a prefabricated foot orthotics or one of the common over-the-counter type of foot supports. That is fine if you have an average arch shape. However, that is no good if you don’t. Foot orthotics are usually designed to be specific to your foot type.
Should you use them?
There is no harm in using them and they certainly can be used as an adjunct to foot orthotics when you are not wearing shoes. As if they can be used as an alternative, you would need to discuss that with your podiatrist.