Do you have a child that is complaining about heel pain? Have you noticed your child walking and running differently? As soon as you notice your kids walking differently it’s important to START by checking the shoes that they are currently wearing.
It’s important for parents to understand that heel pain is common in children.
Did you know that there are certain shoes that will help reduce or fully eliminate your kids’ heel pain?
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last ten years, where we specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well.
I have helped several families with children that were experiencing Sever’s disease (which remains the most common cause of heel pain in kids). Most parents don’t know what Sever’s disease is so let me clarify what it is:
Sever’s disease is NOT a true disease, it is an inflammation of the heel’s growth plate and it normally occurs in children that are very active and are putting constant stress on their feet (that’s why it’s so important to have supportive shoes).
If your children are not wearing the correct type of shoes that’s when they might start experiencing heel pain, but sometimes heel pain can occur if your children have flat feet, low muscle tone, or rolled ankles.
When children come to the shoe store experiencing heel pain, the first thing I do is to check the shoes that they are currently wearing and press on the counter of the shoes. Do you know what the heel counter of the shoe is? The heel counter is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle support. Let’s take a look at the picture below for clarification:
I decided to create this article since I have been contacted by several parents who want to know which are the best shoes with heel support to eliminate their children’s heel pain. There is a small selection of shoes that I have fitted before that I know will support your kids’ feet and eliminate your child’s heel pain.
If your child has been complaining about heel pain and was diagnosed with Sever’s disease, providing him or her with the correct type of shoes will protect and support their heels, reducing or fully eliminating the pain. The correct type of shoes will also prevent your child from developing foot problems later in life.
Before I provide you with a selection of shoes with heel support, let’s START by checking your kids’ shoes.
Heel Pain – It’s Time To Check The Shoes!
Did you know that shoes that don’t provide heel support can be the main cause for your child’s heel pain?
If your child is experiencing heel pain, the first thing I want you to do is to grab your kids’ shoes and press on the heel counter and notice whether it feels firm or soft? If the heel counter feels too soft, then START by replacing the shoes by one that has a FIRM heel counter.
Here you can find an example of a shoe that has a soft heel counter (notice how the heel counter moves as I press on it):
Shoes that don’t come with a substantial sole can also contribute to your child’s heel pain.
The second feature that we want your kids’ shoes to provide is to come with a substantial, supportive sole that will reduce the impact that your child’s feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
Children are always running and jumping, and they tend to put a lot of stress on their feet and legs. If they are not wearing the correct type of shoes, this can lead to foot and leg pain.
Providing your child with a pair of shoes that provide good arch and ankle support will keep their feet and legs healthy.
If you have a child that is complaining about heel pain, START off by checking the shoes that your child is wearing.
Now let’s make sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size.
First Things First – Is Your Child Wearing The Correct Shoe Size?
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kids’ shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that FIT properly. However, I get contacted by parents on a daily basis asking me how they can measure their children’s shoe size from home, so I decided to create an article along with a video explaining the simplest, yet most effective way to measure your child’s shoe size from home:
Now that you know how to get your child the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at a selection of the best shoes with heel support (they alcove with a firm heel counter).
The Best Shoes With Heel Support – Find Them Here!
Here you can find a selection of the best shoes with heel support for toddlers (ages 1 to 4):
This selection of shoes fit ” true to size”, which means that you need to get your child a half a size longer of the size that they measure in the shoe measuring scale (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
Here you can find a selection of the best shoes for orthotics for older children (ages 4 to 12):
This selection of shoes fit ” true to size”, which means that you need to get your child a half a size longer in order to allow for growing room.
Wearing the correct type of shoes and stretching often will greatly reduce the pain that your child is experiencing. Don’t forget to make your child stretch!
There will be certain cases where your child will need extra support inside the shoes in order to reduce or eliminate your child’s heel pain.
Heel Cups For Kids – How To Stop Heel Pain
I have fitted several heel cups before and they are extremely effective in reducing and eliminating heel pain.They are very easy to fit in shoes (they fit in most shoes), and they are more affordable than an orthotic,
I have fitted a particular heel cup that I have found to be the most effective one since it provides maximum shock absorbing protection to your child’s heels and I have fitted it several times before. I have seen how this heel cup has significantly reduced or fully eliminated the pain that children were experiencing.
If you want to know more about this heel cup you can do it in an article I wrote called:
Do you happen to have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? Please let us know the name of the store and where you are located that way other parents from the same area can take their children to be properly fitted for shoes there as well.
In the meantime, you can learn about the best children’s shoe stores in a map I created where I break them down by state (these are fitting stores not big retailers):
Now that you know which are the best shoes with heel support, you are ready to keep your child’s feet and legs healthy!