After you have identified which heel cup is best for your child’s feet, the next step is to make sure they fit perfectly inside your kids’ shoes. If the heel cups don’t fit correctly inside your kids’ shoes, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the heel cups have to offer.
Some of the benefits are preventing long term foot problems, accommodating every contour and feature of the children’s foot, providing better balance and proper support, among others. I will show you exactly how heel cups are supposed to fit inside your kids’ shoes, but first let’s make sure your child is wearing the correct type of heel cup.
One common question parents ask is how to fit heel cups inside their kids shoes?
I will show you exactly how to fit them, but first let’s make sure heel cups are the way to go to treat your child’s heel pain.
Has your child been complaining about heel pain? Have you taken your child to your physical or occupational therapist and has been diagnosed with Sever’s disease or plantar fasciitis?
Never ignore your child’s heel pain, is NOT NORMAL and there are various ways of reducing or fully eliminating the pain.
Children between the ages of 4 and 8 are at most risk of developing Sever’s disease, which is an inflammatory condition of your kids’ growth plate in the heel bone, and it happens because children tend to put a lot of stress and pressure on the growth plate
I have had the opportunity to help several children that were dealing with heel pain to minimize and in most cases, fully eliminate the pain that they were experiencing by fitting them in a pair of heel cups and good supportive shoes. It’s important to understand that the heel cups and the shoes work together.
I have been working for a specialized kids’ shoe store evaluating children with foot issues and helping them find the right pair of shoes and orthotics for over 10 years. Moreover, heel pain in children happens more often than you imagine, and this is mostly because they are wearing the correct pair of shoes, but sometimes it’s due to having flat feet, rolled ankles, or low muscle tone.
If your child is experiencing heel pain, there is a pair of heels cups that has proven to be the most effective in reducing and often fully eliminating heel pain.
This type of heel cup will reduce your kids’ heel pain since it offers superior shock absorption (minimizes the impact that the feet take when they come in contact with the ground) and prevents foot fatigue (it prevents your kids’ feet and legs from easily getting tired by returning energy).
This is the most advanced shock absorbing heel cup available today. I have fitted this heel cup before and I have seen the positive outcome that it has if fitted with the correct type of shoes.
Tuli’s Heel Cups are the #1 Podiatrist recommended Heel Cups in the world!
Here you can find the best heel cup for children with heel pain:
If you want to learn more about this heel cup you can do so in an article I wrote titled:
Now that you have a better sense of which is the best heel cup for children, the next step is to make sure they fit perfectly inside your kids’ shoes. Please note that if the heel cup doesn’t fit properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the heel cup has to offer. Don’t miss out on all the benefits of fitting the help cup properly!
How to Fit Heel Cups – Get It Right!
First Step: Make Sure you Have the Correct Type of Shoes
Heel cups won’t fit in any type of shoes. In order for the heel cups to fit properly inside the shoes, you must find shoes that are deep and supportive. The deeper the shoes the better, since the heel cup will sit deeply inside the shoes and won’t give your child the impression that his or her feet are coming out of the shoe.
I always recommend parents that if they are going to be fitting a pair of heel cups inside their children’s shoes, to provide their children with a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure. The main reason for this is, shoes that come with shoelaces provide more support and stability than shoes that come with velcro.
A pair of shoes with shoelaces will also push your kids’ heel back and secure them against the heel counter (back of the shoe).
If you don’t have a pair of supportive and deep shoes to fit your child’s heel cup in, take a look at the selection below where I describe the best shoes for heel cups:
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow space for growing.
Now that you know which are the best shoes to fit a heel cup in, let’s take a look at the second step in making sure the heel cups are fitting properly inside the shoes.
Second Step: Remove the Inner Sole of the Shoe
Never forget to remove the inner sole of the shoe when you are fitting a heel cup inside your kids’ shoes. If you leave the inner sole of the shoe, then you will be raising your kids’ feet up and give your child the impression that his or her feet are coming out of the shoes.
Here is a picture removing the inner sole of the shoe:
Once you remove the inner sole, you can trim the back part of the inner sole (where the heel cup will be sitting), and leave the rest of the inner sole inside that way your child’s feet and toes will feel comfortable inside the shoes.
Third Step: Make Sure the Shoelaces or Velcro are Pulled Tightly
If the shoelaces or velcro closure are not pulled tightly, this will allow your child’s feet to move too much inside the shoes and he or she won’t get any of the benefits that the heel cup has to offer.
If you follow all of those three steps, your child will get the full benefit of the heel cups and you will notice how the pain will reduce or be completely eliminated.
Heel Cups For Sport Shoes – Reduce The Stress!
When children get involved in a. particular sport such as soccer, football, or baseball, they are stressing their feet and legs at a whole different level.
I have helped several children that were experiencing heel pain after their soccer games or even soccer practice, and heel cups helped reduce and eliminate that pain. If you have a child that is playing a sport and is experiencing heel pain, heel cups will be the solution for them to be able to focus on having fun and forget about the pain.
Here you can learn about the best cleat to fit a heel cup (this is the deepest cleat I have ever fitted and will fit a child with wide or extra wide feet).
If after trying the heel cups with a pair of good supportive shoes your child is still complaining about heel pain, then you will have to provide your child with something more substantial such as an orthotic. if this is the case with your child, please refer to an article titled:
Have you already tried this heel cup before? I encourage you to post thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!