Are your kids complaining about foot or leg pain? Do they feel like their feet and legs get tired easily?
Along with various orthopedic conditions, foot and leg pain are related to the shoes your kids wear and the way they fit. Providing your children with good supportive shoes will make a tremendous difference and reduce or fully eliminate the pain they are experiencing.
If your child is flat footed, he or she will require a more substantial and supportive shoe. Sometimes it’s hard to find a shoe that provides good arch support, and while orthotics are a great way to keep our kids feet healthy, they tend to be a more expensive alternative.
I have been working at a children’s shoe store for over 7 years now, and we specialize in children that have foot and leg issues such as flat feet, knocked knees, and rolled ankles. We are one of the few children’s shoe stores in the country that sell orthotics, but we also sell “cookies” arch support for those children whose foot and leg issues are not so severe to require an orthotic but do need extra support in their shoes.
I handle approximately 200 fittings/try ons per week, which allows me to see a lot of different kid’s feet. Certain physical therapists will refer children to our store and require a “cookie” arch support to be put inside the shoe. The shoe style still needs to be supportive, since if the shoe it’s too flimsy, the “cookie” arch support won’t do any good.
If you are looking for extra arch support for your kids shoes with an easy fit these “cookies” will do the trick, and you won’t have to worry about inserting a bulk orthotic or insole inside your kids’ shoes! This product will alleviate your kids pain in the arch which can be associated with high arches, weak arches, fallen arches, flat feet, and pronation-related foot problems.
To summarize, arch support “cookies” are perfect for kids or adults who have:
- Flat feet
- Over pronation
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
One of the features parents love the most about these arch supports “cookies” is how they can be fitted in most shoes such as everyday sneakers, boots, and even sandals!
In this post, I will describe the best arch support “cookies” for children who need extra arch support in their shoes! I will also provide you with a selection of the most supportive shoes that these arch support “cookies” can be fitted into.
Let’s clarify what arch support “cookies” are!
What Is The Definition Of Arch Support “Cookies”?
So, you are probably wondering what is the definition of a “cookie” arch support. These are adhesive-backed pads that fit behind the arch of your kids foot to provide extra arch support. You must remove the inner sole of the shoe first, then place the adhesive “ cookie” arch support and then insert the inner sole of the shoe again.
Have you ever heard of arch support “cookies”? They are great for shoes that don’t offer enough arch support for your kids’ feet. They are inexpensive and will make a huge difference in the way your child walks and runs. Did you notice how when children have pronation and are flat footed, every time they take a step their feet collapse? This leads to making them walk inwards and put pressure in parts of their body that they shouldn’t be.
Something so simple such as inserting an arch support “cookie” in your kids shoes behind their arches will prevent your kids’ feet from collapsing and straighten their feet and legs when walking and running.
The main advantage of this product is that it can be fitted in any type of shoes such as your kids’ dress shoes, boots, and even sandals!
Are These Arch Supports Easy To Apply? – YES!
The ones that I fit at the store are a little more complicated to fit inside kids shoes since we measure where the navicular bone is and place the arch support accordingly. The next step is to glue it down with a pretty powerful glue to make sure it stays in place.
The “cookies” arch supports described in this post are easier to apply since they are adhesive and all you have to do is peel off the backing and place it into the shoe (if you feel like it’s not sticking properly you can always glue it down with a powerful glue).
You must make sure you place the “ cookies” arch support where your kids’ arches are in your first try, since if you peel it off and stick it again it won’t stick as well as the first time.
What parents love the most about this product is how easy it is to apply and how it stays in place really well!
Why Are These Arch Support So Special? – STOP Your Kids Foot Pain!
Remember that these “cookies” arch supports are for kids with minor foot issues that just need extra support in their shoes.
When a child is experiencing foot and leg pain, these arch supports are a great way to start them up to see if the pain goes away. If after wearing these arch supports the pain is reduced or fully eliminated, it means that’s all your child needs. However, if after wearing these arch supports the pain persists, you should check out this post where I describe the best orthotics for kids with foot and leg pain:
Several parents have contacted me telling me how their kids’ foot and leg pain fully disappeared after wearing the arch pads for only one week! Remember that all feet are different, so what worked for certain children doesn’t mean it will work for your child!
I highly recommend trying these “cookies” arch pads as the first step in attacking your kids’ foot and leg pain, because if they don’t work, you can always move up to an orthotic to get rid of the pain.
Most parents are not even aware that these “cookies” arch supports even existed! I can tell you that there are several children who can’t stand how stiff orthotics feel, so this is a great alternative for them!
If you are tired spending a lot of money on custom or over the counter orthotics, these “cookies” arch pads are the simple and perfect solution to help with your kids collapsed arches.
Below you can find a selection of the best arch support “cookies” that you will be able to use in your kids’ shoes! This style is the better made one, which guarantees that your child will outgrow his or her shoes before anything happens to the pads! If you have a kids shoe store in your area please take your kids to be fitted for these arch supports at the store.
Follow These Easy Steps To Apply It In Your Kids Shoes!
The first step is to remove the inner sole of the shoe (most inner soles come out really easy, if you are having trouble use a screwdriver or something to help you pull it out)!
The second step is to insert the “cookie” arch pad in the shoe where your kids arch sit (this is the hardest step, some shoes come with an inner sole that shows where the “cookie” arch pad should fit).
The third step is to insert the inner sole back inside the shoe. Have your child walk around and run to test the shoes. Keep in mind that your child might complain bout feeling a bump in the bottom of his or her foot, and this is totally normal since they are just feeling the arch support behind their feet.
Now your child is ready to go! Give it at least two weeks for your child to adjust to the feeling of the shoes and the arch supports. If after those two weeks your child is still complaining about foot and leg pain, you should definitely try an orthotic (they offer more support than the “cookies” arch pads). I actually wrote a post where I describe the best orthotics for children who are experiencing foot and leg pain and you can find it here:
Hopefully, the “cookie” arch support is all your kids needs to stop them from feeling foot and leg pain!
These “cookies” arch supports are a must for anyone with collapsed arches! You can even try them for yourself! Several parents have used these “cookies” arch pads for their own shoes, and love how they feel. Besides providing your child with a pair of good supportive shoes it’s also important to remind them to stretch regularly!
Most children are not stretching enough these days, and stretching plays a key role in preventing injuries and foot and leg pain.
Do you have a child who is experiencing foot and leg pain? Have you tried these “cookies” arch support before? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!