How to Make an Arch Support for the Foot

Updated March 21, 2017

Inadequate arch support can result in poor body posture, both temporary and permanent injuries to the ball and heel of the foot as well as mild to severe foot pain. Fallen arches are often a result of too much pressure on the feet with little arch support and often occurs among overweight persons and athletes. Many arch support products are expensive to purchase and thus, making a unique and custom-fitted arch support out of clay an attractive alternative.

Put the polymer clay beneath your arch and step down on a smooth, flat surface with both feet flat on the ground and your hips squared. If your foot begins to tilt to the other side, away from the arch, remove a small amount of the clay until your foot is straight and level on the ground.

Remove the clay from your foot carefully, so as not to alter its new shape. Bake the clay in the oven until it is hard. Let the clay cool and place it in your shoe beneath your arch. Walk with the new arch support to test for any sharp edges or extreme discomfort.

Attach the clay support to your shoe with the hot glue gun. First, walk around with the clay support in your shoe, than remove your foot, careful to leave the clay support in place in the shoe. With a marker, trace around the clay support.

Lift the clay support and squeeze a few dots of glue from the glue gun onto the sole of your shoe inside of the marker outline. Quickly place the clay support within the marker outline and hold in place for one minute or until the glue dries. Wear the shoes with the clay arch supports when walking.


You may feel discomfort while your foot grows accustomed to its new support. If you begin to experience extreme or sever pain, consult with a professional before continuing to use your homemade arch support.

Things You'll Need

  • Polymer clay
  • Walking shoe
  • Oven
  • Hot glue gun
  • Marker
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Tessa Holmes has been writing professionally since 2007. Her short stories and articles have been published on and in the "Cypress Dome." She has worked with the "Florida Review." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Central Florida.