Good arch Supports are hard to come by. There are literally thousands of different arch supports on the market, and finding the good ones can be difficult at best. Most of them do very little to actually support the arch. They are usually made of soft cushion material that wears out fast and does little more than add a soft cushion under the feet. Added cushion can feel better in the very short term, but doesn't help conditions where good arch supports are actually needed. Good Arch Supports Require: * Design by a professional with education, experience, and training in foot orthotics design, manufacture, and clinical treatment. Experienced pedorthists fit this criteria better than anyone else. * Materials that are firm enough to give support with your whole body weight standing on them. This may make them feel too firm at first, but this is necessary to actually support the arch. * Orthopedic grade materials that last. Preferably the same materials that custom arch supports are made from. * Options. Not all conditions are the same. The more choices of different options targeted for different areas of pain (like heel pain or ball of foot pain) and different conditions (like plantar fasciitis or metatarsalgia), the better chance your arch supports will work. Finding good arch supports can be difficult, and they will cost more than the average over-the-counter product. . . but when your dealing with the health of your feet, do you really want average. . . or something betterHealth is something many of us do not pay close enough attention to. Why pay good money for arch supports when they may not workThere are two answers to that question:1) Good arch supports, if the brand you choose gives a lot of options to be properly targeted to your condition, have a better chance of working for you than most other treatments arch supports. 2) Why not try to do something for the good of your health and take a chance for a better quality of life People will spend money every day on cigarettes and lottery tickets, but to help a painful health condition, $75. 00 isn't worth an 80% chance the condition will improve Does this make senseGood arch supports have a high success rate, but they will not help everyone. There is a chance that arch supports will not work for you. heel cups The key however, is that you may see a substantial improvement in your pain levels and a huge increase in the quality of your life if you get fit with good arch supports. You'll just have to decide if around $100. 00 is too much to risk to get rid of your pain.