Have you heard of the Cluffy Wedge
The foot is a complicated part of the body as there are so many small bones which are joined together by a great number of ligaments and moved by so many muscles. Furthermore we bear 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 unnatural environment of a shoe. It is for this reason that the profession of podiatry exists because there is just so much that can go wrong with the foot and connected structures. Podiatric physicians use a wide range of different interventions to take care of conditions of the feet and lower limb.
Foot orthoses can be used to take care of the wide range of conditions that could go wrong with the foot. The purpose of foot orthotics are to alter alignment of the foot towards a more corrected normal alignment or to lessen the strain in structures of the foot that are painful to enable them to heal. The foot orthoses achieve this via having different design features that are supposed to match the foot. A bespoke foot orthotic can do that. However, non-prescription orthoses can do that, usually by chance. They may or may not match the feet of the person with them as opposed to a bespoke one will. There are many different variations which can be varied, like the elevation of the mid-foot along with the level of padding. There are even designs known as the Cluffy Wedge .
At times the less costly over-the-counter type supports are better and other times the custom made ones are better. It will all rely on the nature of the problem, the foot type and structure as well as the advice of a good podiatrist in regards to what is the better option. If you have a problem with the feet and think you need some foot orthoses, then go to a good physician.