Do you have a child who is complaining about heel pain? Has your child been diagnosed with Sever’s disease or plantar fasciitis?
Pay close attention if your children are limping or walking on their toes, because those might be signs that your child has Sever’s disease, an inflammation of the heel growth plate.
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 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 for use with these orthotics or heel cups.
I have been contacted by several parents who have children who are experiencing ankle or heel pain, and they don’t know what to do about it.
Children are always running and jumping, and some of them are involved in sports or activities that require high impact movements. Without treatment, heel pain may last several years.
There is a particular heel cup that has proven to be the most effective in significantly reducing or completely eliminating heel pain, since it provides shock absorbing protection to your child’s heels.
Before I show you the best heel cups for shoes, I am going to describe the most common reasons why children experience heel pain and the best kids’ shoes to fit heel cups.
Why Do Kids Experience Heel Pain? – The 4 Most Common Reasons!
These are the 5 most common reasons of why children experience heel pain:
☹️ Sever’s Disease: This is the most common cause of heel pain in children. It’s an overuse injury caused by repetitive micro trauma during sports or running activities.
☹️ Plantar Fasciitis: This condition is an overuse injury that involves irritation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of connective tissue that runs along the arch from the heel to the front of the foot.
☹️ Wearing the Wrong Type of Shoes: Your kids’ shoes must come with a firm heel counter, which is the back part of the shoes that provides ankle and heel support. Always make sure that you press on the heel counter and make sure it feels firm. If you are not sure where the heel counter is located please take a look at the picture below for clarification:
Shoes with poor shock absorbency or minimal arch support are also a contributing cause for heel pain.
☹️ Rolled Ankles: This is usually a hereditary condition that can be fully correct by wearing the correct type of shoes and orthotics or heel cup.
There is a heel cup that offers superior shock absorption, protects the heel, and prevents foot fatigue. This is one of the most advanced shock absorbing heel cups available today and will help treat and prevent your child’s heel pain.
This heel cup will help reduce ankle pain by acting 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 fully disappeared or was significantly reduced.
The Best Heel Cups for Shoes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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
Getting 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.)
I am always emphasizing to parents how if the heel cups are not fitted in the correct pair of shoes, their children won’t get any of the benefits that the heel cups have to offer.
Let me show you a selection of the best kids’ shoes to fit heel cups.
The Best Kids’ Shoes to Fit a Heel Cup – Deep and Supportive!
To help treat and prevent Sever’s disease we must fit the heel cup in a pair of shoes that come with a firm heel counter, provide good shock absorption in the heel and support in the outsole.
The shoes must also be deep in order for the heel cup to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent your children from getting the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes.
I wrote another article where you will be able to see a selection of the most supportive and deepest shoes for children who need to wear heel cups in their shoes. Click on the link below:
Heel Cups For Kids Made Easy – Video Tutorial!
You can also watch a video I produced where I explain the benefits of wearing a heel cup if your child is experiencing heel pain.
Fitting Tuli’s Heel Cups in Your Kid’s Sport Shoes!
If your children are playing soccer, baseball, football, basketball, or lacrosse, you can fit this heel cup inside their sport shoes (as long as they are substantial and supportive), and you will minimize the impact that their feet take every time they are running around on the field. When children are playing sports they tend to stress their feet and legs at a whole different level.
All of the cleats described below come in wide widths and are also deep, so you can fit a heel cup inside them.
The Best Soccer Cleats ❤️
The Best Baseball Cleats ❤️
The Best Basketball Shoes ❤️
The Best Football Cleats ❤️
The Best Lacrosse Cleats ❤️
If you need to know how heel cups are supposed to be fitted in shoes, please take a look at an article I wrote along with a video where I explain how to fit heel cups in shoes in more detail. Go to the link below:
If you are a woman who is experiencing heel pain, you should take a look at an article I wrote where I explain the most effective way to reduce or fully eliminate your heel pain:
Have you tried this heel cup before? Is there another heel cup that has worked well for your child’s heel pain? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from them.