Are you looking for a pair of shoes to significantly reduce or fully eliminate your child’s Achilles heel pain? Do you feel like you try a whole bunch of different styles but the pain persists?
Finding a pair of shoes for a child that is experiencing heel pain can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, especially if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for.
You need to find a pair of shoes that come with a firm heel counter to provide extra heel support, and that also come with a substantial sole to reduce the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
Wearing the correct type of shoes is the most effective way to treat and prevent your child’s heel pain, but there are only certain shoe styles that provide targeted support to your child’s heels. The good news is that I know exactly which shoe styles there are and I will help you find them.
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.
Heel pain in children is common, but that doesn’t mean it should go untreated.
I have helped hundreds of children with heel pain find a pair of shoes to significantly reduce and in most cases fully eliminate the pain. The key is to find a shoe with a substantial sole and a firm heel counter.
The heel counter is the back part of the shoe that provides heel support, and the firmer it is, the better.
Here is a picture of a shoe style that comes with a firm heel counter. When I press on that area the shoe it feels firm.
This is an example of a shoe that comes with a heel counter that is too soft. Do you notice how the shoe is bending as I press on the heel counter?
If your child is complaining about heel pain, always start by checking the shoes that he is wearing and press on the heel counter.
I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes for boys with Achilles heel pain at the end of the article, but first let me show you a conversation between myself and a parent of a boy that was experiencing Achilles heel pain that might answer a lot of the questions you might have about this foot condition.
We were able to fully eliminate the pain by finding a pair of shoes that were supportive and provided extra support around the ankle area. The pain was also affecting the child’s posture.
I chanced upon your website and would like to seek your advice on what type of shoes and sandals would help my child. He is 9 years old and always experience pain in his Achilles heels and inner calves. As a result, this is also affecting his posture.
We have tried orthotic insoles that were recommended by his physical therapist, but the pain persists. What can we do to help him as he still suffers from pain in his feet and legs?
Appreciate your help very much in this!
I need to see a picture of the shoes and the orthotics that your child is currently wearing (that way I can tell if they are supportive enough).
When it comes to sandals, there is a particular brand called Keen sandals that provide the best support. Those sandals are the most supportive ones that you can provide for your child, they provide excellent support and structure and will minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground. You can find them in an article I wrote called:
Here is a picture of his shoes and orthotics. What are your thoughts?
Have you ever heard of the shoe brand Vivobarefoot? Apparently, they are supposed to be really good for kids especially for my boy that is experiencing foot pain.
Here is the description I found:
“All Vivobarefoot children’s shoes are wide, thin and flexible with a super-thin puncture resistant sole. Quality leather school shoes, thermally protective Winter boots, lightweight synthetic shoes for playtime and adventures. Kids feet aren’t fully formed into the teenage years. Stiff, padded footwear gets in the way of natural foot development. Our shoes let kid’s feet thrive as nature intended. They’re built to protect feet from the sharp objects and from the cold, whilst still allowing them to grow and function as they should. 90% of feet are born healthy”.
Thank you for clarifying. The orthotic and the shoes look supportive. I am not familiar with that shoe brand and it’s hard to go by the description since all shoe brands have a nice description but then you really have to test and try the shoes on to make sure they are good.
If the pain persists is because either the shoes or the orthotics are not being supportive enough.
Possible causes for why the pain persists:
1- Did you remove the original sole of the shoe before putting the orthotic inside the shoes? While this might sound like a very simple step it does make a big difference in how the shoes fit and feel.
2- When you press on the heel counter of the shoe (back part of the shoe that provides ankle support) does it feel firm or it feels soft?
Here you can find a picture that shows where the heel counter of the shoe is located:
My recommendation will be to keep the same orthotic and then try a different shoe style. There is a particular one that I have fitted before and it’s the most effective one with orthotics.
You can find that shoe style here:
Please order the “W” wide, or the “XW” extra wide in order to accommodate the orthotic.
I hope this helps!
Our appreciation and God bless.
We have since brought my boy to a podiatrist to have a check. He was given proper insoles, massages and exercise instructions to ease the problem.
The shoes you recommended fit him perfectly, the Achilles heel pain has fully disappeared, and he has been walking and running much straighter.
Thank you so much for your help.
The Best Shoes for Boys with Achilles Heel Pain ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
Here you can find a selection of the best shoes for boys with Achilles heel pain. You will notice how most of these shoe styles are all available in shoelaces since shoelaces will provide extra support around your kids’ heels.
This first selection is for toddlers:
This selection is for older kids:
These shoes styles are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide, so please choose your child’s shoe width accordingly.
If your child happens to have narrow feet, the Asics style is the one that fits the narrowest.
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to get a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well in reducing or fully eliminating your boys Achilles heel pain? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.