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How Can You Tell If Your Child is Flat Footed? – Follow These 2 Simple Steps!


Have you noticed your child walking or running differently lately? Has your child been complaining about foot or leg pain?

I have been working at a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now where wespecialize in fitting children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have fitted hundreds of children with foot problems in supportive shoes and orthotics, and I know which shoe brands and which shoe styles work better than others.

One of the main reasons why parents bring their children to the shoe store — many times referred by their physical or occupational therapists — is that their children have been diagnosed with flat footed.

Parents are always asking me one common question: How can I tell if my child is flat footed?

I can tell if a child is flat footed by watching them walk and check whether their arch has developed or not. You can check if your child is flat footed by having your child stand barefoot and check whether there is an arch below the feet.


Below you can find some additional images of children with flat feet:

When children are flat footed they tend to experience foot and leg pain, as well as posture problems. Don’t stress out if your child has flat feet, this condition is very common, and it’s believed to be hereditary. However, you must find a pair of supportive shoes that provide good arch support in order to help your child walk and run straighter.

Most children have flat feet and a certain degree of pronation, the issue is when that pronation become excessive, which is referred to as overpronation. This condition can lead to poor posture habits as well as foot, leg, and back pain.

If your child is flat footed, there are certain shoes that provide good support and will help improve your child’s walking gait and overall posture. Let prove it to you!

Is My Child Flat Footed? – Let’s Find Out!

Let’s take a loot at an image of a child with flat feet standing barefoot. Do you notice how the feet are collapsing and turning inwards?

Since there is no arch to support the feet, both feet are collapsing and turning inwards. This throws the whole body out of alignment and leads children to place pressure in areas of their body where they are not supposed to.

Let’s see what happens when we fit that same child in a pair of unsupportive shoes. Do you notice how the feet are still collapsing and turning inwards?

If we fit the same child in a pair of supportive shoes you can see how the feet look a lot straighter.

I always recommend parents to be proactive and don’t take the “wait and see approach” when it comes to treating there children’s foot conditions, as that can only lead to the condition getting worse.

I have fitted some of the most supportive children’s shoes, and I will show you which are the specific styles I recommend.  These shoe styles will provide arch and ankle support, and they are also available in different widths such as medium (M),wide (W), and extra wide (XW).

Let’s take a look at the best shoes for kids with flat feet.

The Best Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Below you can find a selection of the most supportive shoes for children with flat feet that I have fitted before and that are available in medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW) widths. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

I recommend that you try these shoe styles for the next 2 months, and if your child walking pattern doesn’t improve and the pain is not significantly reduced or fully eliminated, then I recommend that you try an orthotic. 

Do you know what an orthotic is? An orthotic is basically a shoe insert that is specifically designed to providecushioning, support, stability, and relief pressure areas of the foot. Orthotics can help the way your child walks and runs significantly. Let me prove it to you!

Let’s take a look at a picture of a child with flat feet standing barefoot:

Below you can find a picture of the same child standing up in a pair of orthotics. Do you notice the difference and how much straighter the child’s feet are when standing in the correct pair of orthotics?


If you want to provide your child with a pair of orthotics, you should take a look at two articles I wrote where I describe the best orthotics for toddlers and older children:

Toddler’s Orthotics – The Best Orthotics For Your Toddler!

The Best Orthotics For Kids – The Most Effective Way To Correct Your Child’s Overpronation

Why is it so important to provide children with flat feet with supportive shoes and orthotics?

While many children have flat feet and notice no problems and require no treatment, others may experience the following symptoms:

  • Your child might complain about how their feet tire easily.
  • Painful or achy feet, especially in the areas of the arches and heels.
  • The inside bottoms of your kids’feet might become swollen.
  • Back and leg pain.

Have you found a particular shoe style that has been effective in treating your child’s flat feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.


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