Has your child been complaining about heel pain and been diagnosed with Sever’s disease or plantar fasciitis? Both boys and girls between the ages of 8-14 are at risk of Sever’s Disease – one of the most frequent causes of heel pain in children.
There are certain shoe styles and orthotics that you can try in order to significantly reduce, or fully eliminate your kids’ pain. However, the most effective method in treating and reducing your kids’ heel pain is using a heel cup. I have fitted several heel cups for children with heel pain, but there is one that has proven to be the most effective one.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in children with foot and leg problems, but our store provides regular shoe fittings as well.
We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with the shoe brands and styles that are ideal to use with these orthotics.
The heel cup I have fitted before offers superior shock absorption, protects the heel, and prevents foot fatigue. In addition to being one of the most advanced shock absorbing heel cups available today, it offers relief from Sever’s Disease while protecting the heel from high impact. This heel cup will also prevent and decrease the likelihood of several common children’s foot problems and injuries.
Most children’s heel pain is caused by the repeated minor trauma that occurs when they are performing high-impact activities, such as running and jumping. Soccer, basketball, and gymnastics are some of the sports where children put a lot of stress on their feet and legs. This repeated trauma caused by your children’s feet impacting the floor, can be significantly reduced by wearing a pair of heel cups along with supportive shoes.
One of the most common mistakes I see parents make is to fit their kids’ heel cups in a pair of shoes that is not supportive enough. If your kids’ shoes are not supportive, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the heel cups offer.
Before I show you the best heel cups for kids, I want to first explain how this heel cup works and describe in more detail what is causing your child’s heel have pain.
What Is Causing Your Child’s Heel Pain? – Let’s Find Out!
Children are always running and jumping, and some of them are involved in sports that require high impact movements. Did you know that without treatment, heel pain associated with Sever’s Disease may last several years? Some parents tend to confuse the term plantar fasciitis and Sever’s disease.
Let me explain the difference so parents can understand it better and figure out which one of the two their child might be experiencing.
Plantar fasciitis is another common cause of heel pain in children, but the main difference with Sever’s disease is that children with plantar fasciitis generally experience the most pain at the beginning of an activity. The pain then starts dissipating and eventually will go away after 10-15 minutes. However, in Sever’s disease, the pain tends to increase with activity.
Other contributing factors of why children experience heel pain are believed to be excessive pronation and being overweight. Please stop ignoring your child’s heel pain – it is not normal and there are steps to take in order to reduce and eliminate the pain.
Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is by far the most common cause of heel pain in children. Sever’s disease is caused by muscle strain and repetitive stress on the foot, which can be reduced by wearing heel cups along with supportive shoes. It can be defined as an inflammation in the heel’s growth plate, an injury to a child’s foot that is still developing.
Young athletes and children who have problems with pronation such as flat feet are at the highest risk. Sever’s Disease usually occurs in children between the ages of 8 and 14, which is still the stage during children’s bones are still growing and the growth plates have not ossified. Although it can affect both heels, it normally affects just one.
Sever’s disease tends to cause pain and tenderness along the heel when walking or standing, and the heel becomes painful when touched.
The Most Effective Way to Treat and Prevent Heel Pain ❤️
If your child is experiencing heel pain, I recommend a particular heel cup that has been helping children live a pain-free lifestyle.
Tuli’s Heel Cups are the #1 Podiatrist recommended heel cups in the world.
They act as shock absorbers for your children’s feet. I have fitted this heel cup in several different children’s shoes, and in most cases the pain was significantly reduced or completely eliminated. I have tested several different heel cups, and nothing works better or lasts longer than Tuli’s Heel Cups. They are also perfect for children who are involved in high impact activities and sports.
These are the 3 most important features that Tuli’s heel cups have to offer:
❤️ Every time the heel strikes the ground, the impact is reduced by the larger and higher waffle pattern while the lower and denser waffle pattern reduces the “high pressure” and final force spike of each heel strike.
❤️ Tuli’s Heavy Duty Heel Cups will provide your child with immediate heel pain relief by cushioning the area where the pain is located.
❤️ The extra cushion that this heel cup provides prevents and eliminates problems such as sore heels and shin splints, and helps your child maximize his/her athletic performance.
Tuli’s Heel Cups are ideal for:
✅ Plantar Fasciitis treatment and prevention
✅ Achilles tendonitis
✅ Sever’s Disease
✅ Shin Splints pain
✅ Sports and running
✅ Stability and proper alignment
This heel cup is ideal for active children and teens who suffer from Sever’s disease.
The Best Heel Cups for Kids – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoes, orthotics, and heel cups that I have fitted before, so I can personally assess how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how well they fit.
Here you can find the best heel cups for kids that will help treat and prevent your child’s heel pain:
Tuli’s Double-Ribbed Heavy Duty Heel Cups provide the following features:
If fitted in a good pair of supportive shoes, this heel cup will instantly relieve pain from:
Plantar Fasciitis and heel pain
Choosing the Correct Heel Cup Size for Your Child – Get it Right!
Small Size– Best for children under 80 lbs.
Regular Size – Men’s shoe sizes 7 and under. Women’s shoe sizes 9 and under. (Weight up to 175 lbs.)
Large Size – Men’s shoe sizes 8 and up. Women’s shoe sizes 10 and up. (Weight over 175 lbs.)
Shoes for Heels Cups – Deep and Supportive!
In order for your children to get the full benefits that this heel cup has to offer you need to provide them with supportive shoes. The correct type of shoes will help reduce the impact and strain on the developing bone and muscle structure of kids’ feet.
The shoe must provide good cushioning in the footbed, shock absorption around the heel area, and support in the outsole.
Keep in mind that once you fit a heel cup in your kids’ shoes, it might raise your kids’ feet, giving them the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoe. In order to prevent this from happening, you need to provide your child with a pair of shoes that come with extra depth in order for the heel cup to fit deeply inside the shoes.
Below I show you a selection of the deepest and most supportive kids’shoes for a child that is experiencing heel pain and needs a heel cup. These shoes are made from high quality materials, with great arch and ankle support. They are also available in medium, wide, and extra wide widths, so please choose your child’s shoe width accordingly.
The Best Shoes for Kids with Heel Pain ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Like I mentioned before, I only write reviews of shoes, orthotics, and heel cups that I have fitted before, so I can personally assess how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how well they fit.
Here you can find a selection of the best shoes for kids with heel pain:
This selection of shoes 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.
I recommend shoes that come with shoelaces since they provide more support and stability than Velcro closure.
If you are a woman who is experiencing heel pain, you should take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best shoes for women with heel pain:
Once we eliminate the painful symptoms of Sever’s disease, it is important that you emphasize to your child that he or she start stretching often, especially before and after vigorous exercise! You also should keep investing in supportive shoes.
Is your child suffering from heel pain? Have you tried this heel cup before? Please share your experiences below so other parents can benefit from them.