Has your child been experiencing foot and leg pain and been diagnosed with supination? Are you looking for a pair of orthotics to improve the way that your child walks and runs?
Orthotics are shoe inserts that are specifically designed to offer cushioning, support, stability, and relief pressure areas of the foot.
Let me start off by clarifying what supination is:
Supination occurs when a person strikes the ground first with the inside of the foot, which causes an uneven distribution of weight. If your children have been diagnosed with supination, then you must find a pair of supportive shoes and orthotics to help align your children’s feet and legs, and alleviate the pain that they have been experiencing. The correct type of shoes and orthotics will improve your children’s overall posture and allow them to walk and run straighter.
There are only a few orthotics that will be effective in helping treat and correct your child’s supination. The good news is that I know exactly which ones they are from having 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.
I am always emphasizing to parents that when children complain about foot and leg pain, the first step is to start by checking the shoes that they are wearing.
The shoes must provide a substantial and supportive sole, but they need to be lightweight and flexible at the same time. If your children have been diagnosed with supination but you are not sure if they are wearing the correct type of shoes, start by reading an article I wrote where I describe the best shoes for kids with supination. Go to the link below:
Something so simple such as providing your child with the correct pair of shoes might be all they need to treat the condition.
Please keep in mind that we all have a degree of pronation and supination, the issue is when it becomes excessive.
If you are 100% sure that your children are wearing the correct type of shoes but the foot and leg pain still persists, then it’s time to start looking for an orthotic.
The correct type of orthotics can be very effective in preventing your child’s feet and legs from rolling outwards, and aligning your kids’ feet and legs, allowing them to walk and run straighter.
There are different types of orthotics such as soft, semi-rigid, and rigid. The ones I am most familiar with are not the custom-made ones but the ones “off the shelf”. How effective the orthotic will work for your child’s feet will depend on whether it’s fitted in the correct type of shoes, and your child’s individual foot anatomy.
The orthotics and the shoes work together when it comes to trying to reduce or fully eliminate the pain that your child is experiencing. If you provide your child with a pair of good, supportive orthotics but the shoes are too soft or flimsy, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotics have to offer and vice versa.
Children with high arches are more likely to supinate. This type of foot has stability and support but lacks flexibility for shock absorption. Please avoid a rigid orthotic for this foot type since it may actually increase the risk of injury, using an orthotic that provides cushioning will be helpful and make a difference in the way your child walks and runs.
I will show you which are the best orthotics for supination, but first let me show you what features these orthotics will provide to your child’s feet.
Treating Supination Before it Leads to Bigger Issues
Please keep in mind that a little supination is normal. Your kids’ bodies are always growing and constantly changing, and when there is a slight roll in your child’s ankle it doesn’t mean that you need to rush off to see a doctor.
Just make sure you keep an eye out to make sure supination is not excessive and symptomatic. What I mean by this is to watch for pain, fatigue, clumsiness, and developmental delays. Those are all symptoms of excessive supination.
It’s important that you act fast if your child has been diagnosed with supination. If you leave your child’s supination untreated, then your child might develop the following foot issues:
- Foot rigidity
- Hammer toes
- Ankle sprain and foot instability
- Claw toes
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Back and hip pain
Children who supinate might be more inclined to sit rather than run and play due to that extra stress that they place on the outside of the foot with each step they take. This means that when your children are walking or running long distances they will experience foot fatigue and they might even refuse to participate in certain sports or activities.
This happens because your kids’ muscles are working extra hard due to the body’s poor positioning. When your kids supinate, the inward roll of their feet might cause your child’s knees, hips, and back to shift out of alignment. If you don’t find the correct pair of shoes and orthotics and leave this issue untreated, expect your children to have pain in their knees, hips, and back.
Let’s take a look at which are the best orthotics for kids with supination.
The Best Orthotics for Kids with Supination ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Like I mentioned before, the type of orthotic that we want to provide for a child with supination must have a high arch and provide extra cushion, since this will help redistribute the pressure on your children’s feet more evenly.
Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles 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.
We must avoid a rigid orthotic for this foot type since it may actually increase the risk of injury.
I have fitted several orthotics for children with supination before, and I know which styles are better from actually testing them by watching the child walk and run with them. There is one particular orthotic that has proven to be the most effective one when it comes to treating children with supination. This orthotic is biomechanically engineered to relieve over supination, forefoot, heel, arch and leg pain.
Here you can find the best orthotics for supination for children between the ages of 4 to 9 years old or shoe size 11 to 3.
Here you can find the best orthotics for older kids, the size “XS” will fit children between a shoe size 3 1/2 to 6.
If this orthotic is fitted properly in the correct pair of shoes, it will help align your kids’ feet and legs and improve their overall posture. This orthotic will also help reduce the stress that your kids were placing in parts of their body where they were not supposed to. If the orthotic doesn’t happen to come in your kids’ foot size, please contact me via email or in the comments section below and I will help you find an alternative.
Let’s say you try a pair of orthotics in the correct type of shoes but your child is still experiencing foot and leg pain, then proceed by taking them to your pediatrician. He or she will guide you on to the next steps, which could be physical therapy or a trip to an orthotist.
Please keep in mind that your children won’t get the full benefits of the orthotic if you don’t provide them with the correct type of shoes. The shoes and the orthotics work together in trying to align your kids’ feet and legs.
Not all shoes will work with this type of orthotic. In order to fit a shoe with an orthotic the shoes must be deep, supportive, but lightweight and flexible at the same time. It’s also important that the shoes come with a firm heel counter to provide good ankle support. The shoes must also come in different widths since orthotics do take extra space inside the shoes.
It’s also important to find shoes that come with a removable insole, otherwise you will be raising your kids’ feet up, giving them the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoe. Every time you fit an orthotic inside a shoe you must remove the original inner sole.
I will provide below a link to the same article that I provided you with at the beginning of the article which describes the bet shoes for kids with supination. These shoe styles are all capable of accommodating an orthotic, since they provide all of the features that I mentioned above.Go to the link below:
If your children are experiencing severe supination, you should strongly consider providing them with shoes that come with shoelaces instead Velcro closure. Shoes that come with shoelaces always provide more support and more stability, so it might be worth spending that extra time tying your kid’s shoes in order to get the full benefits of the orthotics.
Have you tried a particular orthotic that has worked well for your child with supination? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from them.