If your children have been diagnosed with flat feet and overpronation, then they might be candidates to wear a pair of orthotics. If you have been looking or already found the correct type of orthtotics for your child, then you must find the correct type of shoes to FIT the orthotic in.
Orthotics provide biomechanical balance by redistributing body weight and helping your child walk and run straighter. There is one important thing you must know, if the orthotics are not fitted with the correct pair of shoes, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotic has to offer.
Only certain type of shoes will work with your kids’ orthotics. The most common mistake parents make is that they only focus in what type of orthotics their kids need and they don’t pay too much attention about the shoes.
I have been working for a children’s shoe store for over 8 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they FIT. The shoe store specializes in children with foot and leg issues, that is the reason why we carry the most supportive shoes and the best orthotics for children.
I am familiar with the best shoe styles for orthotics, since we only carry good, supportive shoes that come with a substantial sole and a firm heel counter.
Once I am done fitting a child in a pair of shoes with orthotics, I always take them to the hallway to watch the way they walk and run.I will say that 80% of the time we can see an improvement right away, but in certain cases it takes longer for the child to adjust to the way the shoes and the orthotics feel.
One common complain children have when they first try a pair of shoes with orthotics is how they feel like their feet are coming out of the shoe every time they take a step. This makes sense, since when we FIT an orthotic inside a shoe, the orthotic is eventually raising the child’s feet up, giving him or her the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoe.
In order to prevent this from happening, we must find a pair of shoes that are deep, since that will guarantee that the orthotic will FIT deep down inside the shoe, and your child won’t get the impression that his or her feet are coming out of the shoe.
A pair of deep shoes will not only allow your child’s feet to sit more comfortably inside the shoe, but it will also make the orthotic FIT much better.
In this post, I will describe the best deep shoes for orthotics.
What Features Must A Good Shoe Provide – Learn The Facts!
In order for a shoe to be able to hold an orthotic in place, it must provide certain important features.
Some of these features are:
- A substantial and supportive sole: This will help reduce the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they become in contact with the ground.
- A firm heel counter: This will help strengthen and straighten the ankles. If the shoe that you provide for your child has a heel counter that is too flimsy, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoe has to offer.
- Good traction: This will prevent your child from slipping and falling down.
- Breathable: The shoes must be breathable in order to prevent the buildup of bacteria inside the shoe.
- Removable insole: The shoe that you provide for your child should come with a removable insole, in order for you to be able to take it out when you are fitting the orthotic inside the shoe.
If we find a shoe that provides all of these features, your child will be good to go! This way you will guarantee that your child will get the full benefits that the orthotics have to offer.
IMPORTANT TIP: Most shoes don’t provide the correct type of support or structure to be fitted with an orthotic. Please make sure you are providing your child with a supportive shoe if you want him or her to get the full benefits of the orthotics!
Let me show you an example of how an orthotic FITS inside a pair of DEEP SHOES VS a pair of SHALLOW SHOES!
Here is an orthotic in a pair of shoes that I recommend. Do you notice how deep the orthotic fits inside the shoe?
Now, let’s take a look of a picture of an orthotic that is being fitted in a pair of shoes that are too shallow.
Do you notice the difference? In the first picture the orthotic is sitting deeply inside the shoe while in the second picture the orthotic will raise your kids’ feet up since the shoe is too shallow.
Shoelaces Or Velcro Closure Shoes? – Get It Right!
First of all I want to clarify that I understand how hard it is for parents to deal with tying their kids’ shoelaces all the time, but if your child has severe pronation and foot and leg pain, it might be worth it taking that extra time.
I always recommend parents to provide shoes with shoelaces for their kids’ if they wear orthotics. Shoes that come with shoelaces provide more support and more stability than shoes with velcro closure. The main reason for this is that the shoelaces hug the feet better, making our kids feel more secure when walking and running.
Most parents don’t want to deal with their kids tying their shoes, so they end up providing them with a pair of velcro shoes. There is nothing wrong with this, as long as you understand that your child might not get the full benefits that the orthotics have to offer.
There are certain type of velcro shoes that will work better for orthotics than others, and I you will learn about them below.
The Best Shoes For Orthotics – Deep Shoes For Your Toddler!
Before I show you a selection of the deepest shoes for orthotics, I want to emphasize that it doesn’t matter how much support and structure a shoe provides, if it’s not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kids’ shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure your kids’ feet and find shoes that FIT. However, several parents have contacted me asking about where they can get their shoes online since they don’t have any shoe stores left in their area that they TRUST.
If you are one of those parents, start by reading a post I wrote where I describe the best way to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:
Now that you know the importance of providing your child with the correct shoe size, you can find a selection of the best deep shoes for orthotics for your child!
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Please keep in mind that I only recommend shoes that I have fitted before, and I know what type of features these type of shoes provide. These shoes are also available in different widths, so it doesn’t matter what type of feet your child has (medium, wide, or extra wide), as long as you choose the correct shoe width, your child will have no problem fitting in these shoe styles.
Even if your child doesn’t have wide or extra wide feet, orthotics take a lot of room inside the shoes so you might need to choose the wider width.
Don’t Forget About Your Kids’ Socks – Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy!
Socks act as a barrier between our kids’ feet and the socks.They prevent the build up of bacteria inside the shoe and also protect your kids’ toes from rubbing against the shoe. While I can’t get into too much detail about the best socks for children in this post, I wrote an article that will explain you everything you need to know about providing your child with the correct type of socks.
I have also helped several children that can’t stand how socks feel find the correct type of socks. There are certain kids’ that feel every bump and lump as soon as you put socks on them, and they will refuse to wear them. Have you ever heard of seamless socks? They are the solution to STOP your kids’ from fussing every time they need to put socks on. You can learn more about them in a post I wrote called:
Now that you know about the deepest shoes for kids and the best type of socks for them, you are ready to make the most informative decision.
Have you found a pair of deep shoes for your child that has worked well for his or her orthotics? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!