Arch supports are devices that are placed into one's shoes to support the arch and diminish or eliminate pain. A foot and ankle surgeon may provide advice on which type is best for your foot type, and you may be able to obtain arch supports from the doctor's office. Arch supports can also be purchased without a prescription from drug, shoe, and sporting goods stores.


Sometimes a custom arch support, called an orthotic, is needed to support the arch and eliminate pain when an over the counter arch support does not relieve symptoms.

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