The foot is a complicated area of the body as there are a lot of small bones which are joined collectively by so many ligaments and moved by a lot of muscles. Furthermore we take the bodyweight on the foot and subject it to so many stresses and strains. To make it even worse we place the feet inside the artificial environment of a shoe. It is for this reason that the profession of podiatric medicine exists as there is just so much which may go wrong with the foot and related structures. Foot doctors make use of a wide range of different interventions for treatment of conditions of the feet and lower limb.
Foot supports can be used to treat the wide range of problems that can go wrong with the foot. The intention of foot supports are to improve alignment of the foot in the direction of a more corrected normal alignment or to lessen the load in structures of the foot which can be painful to enable them to get better. The foot orthotics achieve this via having various design features that are meant to match the feet. A custom made foot orthotic can do that. However, prefabricated orthoses can do this, often by chance. They might or may not match the feet of the person using them whereas a customized insert will. There are numerous designs varied, for example the height of the mid-foot and the degree of cushioning. There are even designs referred to as the Cluffy Wedge.
From time to time the more cost-effective over-the-counter type supports are better and other times the bespoke ones are more effective. It will all depend on the type of the problem, the foot type and shape as well as the guidance of a good specialist as to what is the better choice. When you have an issue with your feet and think you need some foot supports, then go to a good foot doctor.