Foot supports are commonly used by many different professionals to deal with many different problems that could affect the feet and lower limb. They are generally indicated when there is a problem with the function or alignment of the foot which can be altered to alter alignment or function. It is generally believed that when the foot is out of position a whole variety of problems could affect the foot and lower limb. Not everyone needs them, so the decision as to if they needs to be used will be based on the nature of the foot and leg problem and the relationship of the foot posture to the problem.
There are almost as various sorts of foot orthoses as there are feet. The choices are countless. It is easy to get a foot support without a prescription from many different types of shops and it is pretty much reliant on luck if what you purchase may be the correct one for your foot alignment and the character of the symptoms that you have got. Many clinicians do recommend these types of non-prescription foot orthoses for the uncomplicated easy to manage foot problems. Nonetheless, if the foot structure and the character of the problem is more complicated, then a custom foot orthotic is normally needed.
How a professional decides which kind to use is often based on a in depth clinical review considering the posture of the feet and the characteristics of the complaint. Even apparently simple decisions for instance how firm the foot orthoses should be is complicated. Those who need foot orthotics usually prefer the softer ones since they are more comfortable, but the flexible it is, the more likely that it is not likely to work. The clinical examination, known as the Supination resistance test, is often used to try and work out how rigid a foot insert is necessary to work to change the foot. If you want foot supports, then it is probably better to get looked at by a competent podiatrist.