Has your child been experiencing foot and leg pain and been diagnosed with supination? I recently wrote a post where I describe the best shoes for kids with supination, but sometimes a good supportive shoe is not enough to reduce or fully eliminate the pain.
If that’s the case with your child, then you must find a pair of supportive orthotics to help align your child’s feet and legs, and alleviate the pain they have been experiencing.
Supination occurs when a person strikes the ground first with the inside of the foot, which causes an uneven distribution of weight.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child. We are also one of the few retailers authorized to fit prescription orthotics.
Please keep in mind that foot and leg pain in children are never normal, and if your child has been complaining about pain, you should start by checking the shoes he/she is wearing. Did you know that the shoes that you purchase for your children can be a direct cause for foot and leg pain?
The shoes that your child wears must be supportive, lightweight, flexible, and the correct size. If your child has been diagnosed with supination but you are not sure if he/she is wearing the correct type of shoes, start by reading a post I wrote where I describe the best shoes for kids with supination:
In that post I also describe how to make sure whether your child is supinating or not.
If you are sure 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. I have been fitting children in orthotics for over 10 years, and have seen the positive impact that the correct type of orthotic can provide your child.
First of all, I want to clarify what an orthotic is. Orthotics are shoe inserts that aim to provide cushioning, support, stability, and relief to pressure areas of the foot.
There are different types of orthotics such as soft, semi-rigid, or rigid. The ones I am most familiar with are not the custom-made ones but the ones “off the shelf”. How well the orthotic will work for your child will depend on whether it’s fitted properly, the type of support, and if it is being fitted with the correct type of shoes.
Please remember this: Orthotics and 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 that he/she is wearing are too flimsy, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotics has to offer.
If your child has a foot with a high arch then he or she is 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.
In this post, I will describe the best orthotics for supination!
Don’t ignore your child’s foot and leg problems! You will end up saving a lot of money and time in the future by keeping your kids’ feet and legs healthy.
What Should You Do If Your Child Supinates?
Please keep in mind that a little supination is normal. Our kids’ bodies are always growing and constantly changing. 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!
If your child has any of those symptoms, start 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.
What Are The Issues With Not Dealing With Supination?
It’s important that you act fast if your child has been diagnosed with supination. It’s important that you start by providing your child with a pair of good supportive shoes and orthotics because supination will lead to the following foot issues:
- Foot rigidity
- Hammer toes
- Ankle sprain and foot instability
- Hammer toes and claw toes
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Back and hip pain
You can avoid all of those issues by providing your child with the correct type of shoes and the correct type of orthotics.
The biggest issue with supination is that children who supinate might be more inclined to sit rather than run and play due to that extra stress that our kids’ place on the outside of the foot with each step they take. This means that when our 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 harder due to the body’s poor positioning. When our 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 – Learn The Secret!
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 cushion, since this will help redistribute the pressure on your children’s feet more evenly.
Please remember that 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 are certain types of orthotics that are biomechanically engineered to relieve over supination, forefoot, heel, arch and leg pain, and these are the kind I will describe below.
Here you can find the best orthotics for supination!
If these types of orthotics are fitted properly and with the correct type of shoes, they will help align your kids’ body by helping them walk and run straighter, and at the same time they will reduce the stress your kids were putting in parts of their body where they were not supposed to.
Please keep in mind that your child won’t get the full benefits of the orthotic if you don’t provide him or her 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 orthotics. In order to fit a shoe with an orthotic the shoes must be deep, supportive, but at the same time lightweight and flexible. 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 wrote a post where I describe which are the best types of shoes for a child that needs orthotics. In that post you will learn everything you need to know about shoes that come with removable insoles and all the features mentioned above.
If your child is experiencing severe supination, you should strongly consider providing him or her with shoes that come with shoelaces. Shoes that come with shoe laces provide more support and more stability, so it might be worth spending that extra time tying your kid’s shoes in order to provide them with more support and stability.
Do you have a child with supination? Have you tried a particular orthotic that has worked well for his or her feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!