Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with in-toeing? Have you tried a pair of supportive shoes but your child’s feet still point inwards instead of pointing straight?
In-toeing is also referred as “pigeon toes”, and it’s a condition that can cause your child to trip more often or move more awkwardly. One of the biggest issues with having in-toeing in growing children is that it creates a foot imbalance and the normal development of your child’s pelvis and the spine will suffer.
If you have already tried a pair of supportive shoes but they were not effective in treating and preventing your child’s in-toeing condition, the next step is to try a pair of orthotics.
Orthotics help correct biomechanical foot issues such as problems with how your child walks, stands, or runs by providing additional support and a solid foundation to your child’s feet and legs. However, not all orthotics provide the same level of effectiveness when it comes to treating a child’s foot condition. After trying several different types of orthotics for children with in-toeing, I have found one to be the most effective one in helping realign the child’s feet and legs, and I will show you this orthotic shortly.
In-toeing is one of the most common pediatric gait disturbances, but if you leave your child’s in-toeing condition untreated, your child might develop several complications that include:
- An unbalanced gait.
- Reduced athletic ability.
- Foot deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet.
- Foot, leg, hip, and lower back pain.
The good news is that if you fit your child in the correct type of orthotics and supportive shoes, you will be able to prevent all of those complications.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This experience has afforded me many insights into the best children’s shoes and orthotics. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience fitting hundreds of children with in-toeing, I have become familiar with the best orthotics that help treat this condition.
How to Treat Your Child’s In-Toeing? – Realigning Your Child’s Feet!
My approach when it comes to treating children’s foot conditions is very different from the one that most pediatricians recommend. I always recommend parents to be proactive and don’t take the “wait and see approach” when it comes to treating their children’s foot conditions. Waiting for the condition to get corrected on it’s own might actually lead to the condition getting worse.
I get contacted by families from all over the world who are told by their pediatricians that their child will eventually outgrow the condition, but these families are still concerned since their child walking gait is clearly abnormal.
Some occupational therapists might recommend casts, orthopedic shoes, and even surgery in order to help treat and correct in-toeing. These 3 approaches might not always be effective, and providing you child with the correct type of shoes and orthotics is a less invasive alternative that will help treat and prevent your child’s in-toeing.
Certain families have reported how casts and surgery were ineffective treatment methods for in-toeing, and reported how certain orthotics have proven to be effective in improving their child’s walking gait pattern and posture.
I have helped improve the walking gait and posture of hundreds of children who were in-toeing by providing them with a pair of everyday supportive sneakers and orthotics. Please keep in mind that the shoes and the orthotics work together when it comes to treating your child’s in-toeing. This means that if you provide your child with a pair of the orthotics that I recommend but the shoes are not supportive enough, your child won’t be able to get the full benefits that the orthotics have to offer, and viceversa.
Orthotics that Help Treat and Prevent In-Toeing – Here’s the Proof!
Something so simple such as providing your child with the correct type of shoes and orthotics can help correct your child’s walking gait and allow your child to walk and run straighter. The orthotics will also help improve your child’s overall posture. Let me prove this to you.
Let’s take a look at an image of a flat footed child barefoot who is experiencing in-toeing issues. Do you notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards? The feet are shifting the child’s whole body out of alignment.
Now, let’s observe what happens when we stand that child in a pair of the orthotics that I recommend. Do you notice how the child’s feet look a lot straighter? The orthotic is preventing the child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards.
Remember when I said that not all orthotics are going to be effective when treating your child’s in-toeing condition? Let’s take a look at an image of the same child standing in a different pair of orthotics. Do you notice how the child’s feet are still collapsing and turning inwards compared to the image above?
If you had both of these orthotics in your hands you will notice how these two orthotics look very similar, but they actually provide very different amounts of support.
The final picture shows the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes with the orthotics that I recommend inside. Do you notice how straight the child’s feet and legs look?
Orthotics for In-Toeing – The Most Important Features!
The orthotic that I recommend is specifically designed to improve coordination, balance, pain, posture, and strength. This is the most effective and affordable orthotic that I have fitted before and it’s the best alternative to custom orthotics.
These are the most important features that you can expect this orthotic to provide:
✅ Medically approved with targeted cushion around the arch and ankle that will support your child’s flat feet and improve posture.
✅ Deep heel cup that helps treat and prevent heel pain/Sever’s disease.
✅ Developed by Australian podiatrists this orthotic is extremely effective in providing relief to growing pains.
✅ Made from lightweight yet supportive, cushioning material with shock-absorbing padding.
✅ Helps improve low muscle tone.
✅ Improves hip and and lower extremities strength.
✅ Creates a straighter and more normal gait.
Before fitting this orthotic inside your kids’ shoes please make sure that you remove the original insole of the shoes:
If you don’t remove the original insole and fit the orthotic on top, you will be raising your child’s feet up, giving your child the impression that his/her feet are coming out of the shoes. Not removing the original insole of the shoes can also make the top part of your child’s feet rub against the top part of the shoes. This can lead to several issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Now that you know what features this orthotic provides you are ready to take a look at the best orthotics for kids with in-toeing.
The Best Orthotics for In-Toeing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only review shoes and orthotics that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how much support the orthotics and shoes provide as well as how they fit.
Here you can find the best orthotics for in-toeing. This first orthotic will fit children between the ages of 4 to 9, who wear a shoe size 11, all the way up to a big kid shoe size 3.
If you have an older child who wears a shoe size 3 1/2 or above, the orthotic below will accommodate the shape of your child’s feet.
If this orthotic doesn’t come in your child’s foot size, please contact me directly and I will send you an alternative orthotic: email@example.com
Please remember that in order for your child to get the full benefits that the orthotics have to offer, you must fit them in the correct pair of shoes. While I can’t get into too much detail about which are the best shoes for orthotics in this article, I am going to provide you with a link below that will show you a selection of the best kids’ shoes for orthotics:
You will notice how those shoes all come with shoelaces instead of Velcro closure, since shoelaces will provide your child with better support and stability.Children who have in-toeing have a lot of stability issues, meaning that your child will benefit a lot from having shoelaces. Another benefit of providing your child with shoes that come with shoelaces is that it helps keep the orthotic in place.
Before you leave, there is an article that you might find helpful since it will teach you how to tie shoes for kids who war orthotics. Go to the link below:
Have you found a particular shoe style or orthotic that has been effective in treating and preventing your child’s in-toeing condition? Please share your thoughts below so other families can benefit from your experiences.