In most cases, custom orthotics will perform much better than regular, prefabricated arch supports or insoles that you buy off the shelf.
Remember that every foot is unique; no two are exactly alike. Regular arch supports are made to approximately match a range of common foot shapes and types, and while they can provide some degree of relief, they will not be able to match custom orthotics built to your exact specifications and prescribed to address a specific problem.
That said, in some cases a regular arch support—if correctly chosen—can provide adequate relief for more minor sources of foot pain. A trained specialist can help you make that determination and make sure you get the right support for your feet. To schedule an appointment with the Northwest Extremity Specialists, please book an appointment at one of our convenient locations.