Has your child been diagnosed with a foot condition that requires him/her to wear arch support inserts in the shoes? There are certain arch support inserts that are specifically designed to relieve foot and leg pain.
Foot and leg pain in children is never common, and if you have tried different shoe styles for your child but the pain still persists, they might need extra support for their feet and you can accomplish this by providing them with an orthotic.
Arch support inserts are effective for children with the following foot conditions:
Low Muscle Tone
There are certain arch support inserts for kids that will be more effective that others, and I will be able to show you which ones they are because I have fitted them before.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
Arch support inserts will make a tremendous difference not just in reducing or fully eliminating your child’s foot and leg pain, but also in improving your child’s overall posture. They will provide bio-mechanical balance by aligning your kids’ feet and legs by helping them to walk and run straighter.
Let me prove this to you…
Let’s take a look at a picture of a flat-footed child and notice how the feet collapse (turn inwards):
Now let’s take a picture of the same flat-footed child standing in a pair of arch support inserts. Do you notice how much straighter the feet and legs are?
You will have to provide your child with a pair of supportive shoes in order for your child to get the full benefits that the arch support inserts have to offer.
The arch support inserts and the shoes work together in providing your child with support and stability. Please keep in mind that if you provide your child with an arch support insert but the shoes are too flimsy, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the inserts have to offer.
Naturally, all children are born with flat feet until the age of about four years. At this stage, the arch in the kid’s feet start to develop, and when they reach the age of 5 years old, a visible normal arch would have formed.
However, some kid’s feet remains flat passed this stage of their feet formation. This results in the formation of the flat foot which will affect how your child walks and runs, causing discomfort and foot and leg pain.
I will provide you with a selection of the best arch support inserts for kids shortly, but first let’s figure out whether your child is flat footed or not.
Is Your Child Flat Footed or Not? – Let’s Find Out!
You can check if your child has flat feet by taking a look at his/her feet and check if the arch has developed or not. Below you can find a picture of a child that has flat feet. Do you notice how the feet collapse and turn inwards? This is because there is no arch from preventing the feet from collapsing.
Another simple method to check if your children have flat feet and are overpronating is to check the shoes that they have been wearing for at least the last 2 months. Check if the heel counter of the shoe is collapsing to the side. You can see a picture below for clarification:
Do you notice how the heel of the is collapsing to the side? That means that the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards.
What Children Can Benefit From Wearing an Arch Support Insert?
- Children who are suffering from foot and leg pain.
- Children with flat feet and overpronation.
- Children with knock knees or rolled ankles.
- Children that suffer from bunions, blisters, and injuries on their feet.
- Children that have unbalanced gait and movement.
Always pay close attention at the way your child walks and runs. If your child is experiencing foot and leg pain, the correct type of orthotic will reduce or fully eliminate the pain that your child is experiencing.
Our feet are the foundation for our entire body, and they should be adequately cared for to prevent injuries. It is essential to begin to care for the feet of your kids as early as possible.
It is normal for a children to move in an unbalance manner as soon as they start walking, but if this kind of movement persists as your child starts getting older, then your child may require an arch support insert to improve his or her balance.
As children start getting older, they become more active and involved in different sporting activities. This means that they will start stressing their feet and legs at a whole different level.
The proper type of shoes and arch support inserts will minimize the impact that your kids’ feet receive every time they come in contact with the ground.
Orthotics help in absorbing pressure and shock that feet are subjected to. And this will, in the long run, prevent foot disorder that may have been incurred due to pressure on the feet.
As a parent, you should always pay proper attention to how the shoes your kid wears affect their health. You should immediately visit your pediatrician or physical therapist when you kids complain of pains in their feet.
The use of orthotics is one of the ways to ensure that you kids develop healthy feet. Now that you know the importance and the positive impact that orthotics can provide to your child, I will show you a selection of orthotics that I have fitted before and have helped children walk and run straighter (as well as reduce and fully eliminate the pain they were experiencing).
The Best Arch Support Inserts for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only write reviews of shoe styles and arch support inserts that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Here you can find the best arch support inserts for kids:
I always recommend parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes and orthotics to their local shoe store that they trust. If you don’t have a local shoe store that you trust, I am here for you to help you make the most informative decision.
Please remember that your child won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotics have to offer if you don’t provide your child with the correct pair of shoes. I wrote a post where I describe the best shoes for children who need orthotics. Go to the link below:
Now that you know which are the best arch support inserts for children, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
Do you have a child who is experiencing foot and leg pain? Have you found a particular arch support insert that has worked well for his/her feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.