Do you have a child that 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, which is an inflammation of the heel growth plate.
I have been working at a children’s shoe store for over 10 years where we evaluate children with foot issues and help them find the right pair of shoes and orthotics.
I decided to create this article along with the video since I have been contacted by several parents who have children who are experiencing ankle or heel pain, and they don’t know what do do about it.
Children are always running and jumping, and some of them are involved in sports that require high impact movements. Without treatment, heel pain may last several years.
There is a particular heel cup that is the best heel cup since it provides maximum shock absorbing protection to your child’s heels and I have fitted it several times before. I have seen how this heel cup has significantly reduced or fully eliminated the pain that children were experiencing.
So if you have a child that is experiencing heel pain, I will describe the best heel cups for shoes in this article.
The Reasons Why Your Child Might Be Experiencing Heel Pain!
When children experience ankle or heel pain, it’s mostly due to them not wearing the correct pair of shoes, but sometimes it’s due to having flat feet, low muscle tone, or rolled ankles.
Sever’s disease remains the most common cause of heel pain in kids…
You might be wondering, what is the cause of Sever’s disease?
The cause is not entirely clear, but most physical and occupational therapists agree that it might be due to the repeated minor trauma that your child’s feet take when they are involved in high-impact sports or activities such as soccer, basketball and gymnastics.
Most physical and occupation therapists also agree that Sever’s disease it may also occur when a child that is very active wears unsupportive shoes with a soft heel counter, poor shock absorbency or minimal arch support.
This is the reason why I am always emphasizing to parents to please make sure that their kids are wearing good supportive shoes, to minimize the impact on their heels especially when they’re running and jumping.
Which Are The Best Kids’ Shoes To Fit A Heel Cup?
Supportive kids’ shoes that provide good arch and ankle support, and a pair of heel cups that support the foot by minimizing the impact that your child’s feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground, will encourage healthy alignment of your child’s feet and legs when they walk or run.
In order to 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.
Do you know what the heel counter of the shoe is? Take a look at the picture below for clarification:
If you want to learn about which are the most supportive shoes for children, you can find them in an article I wrote called:
The Best Heel Cups For Kids – The Secret Revealed!
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.
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 disappeared or was significantly reduced.
Tuli’s Heel Cups are the #1 Podiatrist recommended Heel Cups in the world!
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.)
Heel Cups For Kids Made Easy – Video Tutorial!
I describe this heel cup below, but you can also watch a video I created where I explain the benefits of wearing a heel pain if your child is experiencing heel pain.
Fitting Tuli’s Heel Cups In Your Kid’s Sport Shoes!
If your child is playing soccer, baseball, football, or basketball, 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.
If your child likes to play soccer, there is a particular cleat that comes in wide widths and is deep so you can fit a heel cup inside it:
If your child likes to play baseball, this is the cleat I recommend to fit a heel inside it:
If your child likes to play football, this is the cleat that I recommend to fit a heel cup inside it:
If you need to know how heel cups are supposed to be fitted in shoes, please take a look at an article I created along with a video where I explain how to fit heel cups in shoes:
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? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them.