Do you have a child that is flat footed and experiencing overpronation? Have you been looking for a pair of corrective shoes for your toddler?
It is true that most toddlers are flat footed and they should fully develop an arch by the age of 5 years, but taking corrective action at a young age will prevent more serious foot issues in the future.
Corrective shoes are the most effective way to improve children body posture and help them walk and run straighter. When children experience a certain foot condition such as overpronation, rolled ankles, low muscle, or knock knees their whole bodies are thrown out of alignment which leads them to putting pressure in parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to.
The most common reasons why toddlers might need a pair of corrective shoes are:
- Rolled Ankles
- Low Muscle Tone
- Knock Knees
- Toe Walking
Has your toddler been diagnosed with any of the foot conditions mentioned above?
Take a look at the picture below, does it look familiar? Do you have a toddler at home that is flat footed with rolled ankles and experiencing overpronation?
There are other ways of helping children walk and run straighter, such as providing them with orthotics or leg braces. Orthotics are also extremely effective in helping treat and prevent toddler’s foot conditions, but I always recommend parents to try a pair of corrective shoes first and observe how the child reacts.
Something so simple such as providing them with the correct pair of shoes can prevent their feet from collapsing and the knees from turning inwards/outwards, improving their overall posture. Let me prove this to you…
Let’s take a look at a picture of a child with flat feet wearing two different pair of shoes. The first picture shows a child wearing a pair of unsupportive shoes. Do you notice how the feet are still collapsing and turning inwards?
The second picture shows the same child wearing a pair of corrective shoes. Do you notice how the arch and heel support are aligning the feet by preventing them from collapsing? This will improve your children’s overall posture by allowing them to walk and run straighter.
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.
While corrective shoes are extremely effective in helping stabilize your child’s feet and allowing your child to walk and run straighter, there is only a small selection of corrective shoes available for children.
There is one specific style that while is not labeled or described as a corrective shoe, it has been the most effective one in helping treat and prevent toddler’s foot conditions. Most parents think of orthopedic or corrective shoe as bulky and ugly, but the one I will describe below is fashionable and supportive all at once.
This shoe style is made of natural materials such as leather which ideally adapts to the toddler’s foot, without causing discomfort and skin irritation.
Active toddlers need shoes that provide good arch and heel support in order to absorb shock and reduce the impact that their feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.
I will provide you with a selection of the best corrective shoes for toddler’s shorty, but first I want to show you what features this shoe style will provide and how you can figure out your toddler’s exact foot size from home.
Corrective Shoes for Toddlers – The 5 Most Important Features!
These are the 5 most important features that the shoe style that I will describe below will provide for your toddler:
- Firm Heel Counter: The shoe will come with a firm heel counter that will help strengthen, straighten, and support your toddler’s heels. by keeping the foot in the right position. If you don’t know where the heel counter of the shoe is located, please take a look at the image below for clarification:
- Substantial Sole: This feature will also minimize the impact that your toddler’s feet receive every time they come in contact with the ground. This part of the shoe must also provide good traction to minimize the likelihood of your toddler from slipping and falling down.
- Depth: This shoe style is deep, meaning that you will be able to accommodate any type of orthotic or brace inside this shoe. Deep shoes will allow the orthotic to fit deeply inside the shoe, preventing your toddler’s feet from being raised up.
- Round Toe-Box: The shoes will come with a round toe-box to prevent your kids’ toes from rubbing against each other or the side of the shoes. It’s important to always allow the proper amount of room for your toddler’s toes in order to prevent discomfort and foot issues.
- Lightweight and Flexible: While the shoes need to be supportive, they must be lightweight and flexible at the same time in order to prevent your toddler’s feet from easily getting tired.
I am always emphasizing to parents that it does’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly which involves getting the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width, your toddler won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. Whats even worse you will end up creating all sort of foot issues to their feet.
Are You 100% Sure of Your Toddler’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!
I always recommend parents to take their toddler to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features this corrective shoe will provide and how to figure out your toddler’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at the best corrective shoes for toddlers.
The Best Corrective Shoes for Toddlers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
Please keep in mind that this shoe style will work more efficiently if fitted with an orthotic inside. However, I recommend that you start by trying these shoe styles without the orthotic and observe how your toddler reacts to the shoes. If your toddler walking gait doesn’t improve, then you can proceed to fitting an orthotic inside the shoes for extra support.
Here you can find the best corrective shoes for toddlers:
It’s extremely important that you provide your toddler with the correct shoe size. This selection of shoes also fits “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
This shoe style will fit a toddler with narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet, as long as you choose the shoe width accordingly.
If you try this shoe style for 2 to 3 months and your toddler’s condition hasn’t improved, then I would recommend that you try an orthotic inside the shoes. Most toddler’s outgrow their shoes between 3 to 5 months, so if your toddler hasn’t outgrown the shoes you can wait or you can take action immediately and replace the shoes and fit the orthotic in the new shoes.
Let me show you the most effective orthotic to treat toddler’s foot conditions.
The Best Orthotic for Toddlers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Let’s start by claryifing what an orthotic is: Orthotics are shoe inserts that are specifically designed to offer cushioning, support, stability, and relief pressure areas of the foot.
The correct type of orthotics fitted in the correct type of shoes will straighten your toddler’s feet and legs, allowing them to walk and run straighter. If your toddler is experiencing foot or leg pain the orthotics will help significantly reduce or fully eliminate the pain.
Let me prove this to you…
Let’s take a look at a picture of a flat-footed child and notice how the feet collapse(turn inwards):
Now let’s take a picture of the same flat-footed child standing in a pair of orthotics. Do you notice how much straighter the feet and legs are?
The orthotics and the shoes will work together in improving your toddler’s foot conditions whether your toddler is experiencing overpronation, rolled ankles, low muscle, knock knees, or tip toe walking.
Here you can find the most effective toddler orthotics that I have fitted before:
Please don’t forget to remove the original insoles of the shoes before placing this orthotic inside the shoes, otherwise you will raise your toddler’s feet up too much. The shoe style that I recommend above comes with a removable insole.
Now that you know which are the best corrective shoes and orthotics for toddlers, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
Have you found a particular pair of corrective shoes that have worked well for your toddler’s foot condition? Please share your findings below so others parents can benefit from them.