Did you know that the way you tie your kid’s shoelaces will have a direct impact in determining the benefits that they will get from the shoes and the orthotics that they wear?
When parents decide to invest in a pair of orthotics for their children, they are making a wise investment. However, if the shoes are not tied properly, children will not get the full benefits of the orthotics.
If you are investing in a pair of good supportive shoes and orthotics but your child is not tying or pulling the shoelaces tightly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes and the orthotics have to offer.
Orthotics tend to take a lot of space inside the shoes, and sometimes it will give you the impression that your feet are coming out of the shoe, since the orthotics are raising your feet up. This can create a great deal of discomfort, to the point that you might want to STOP wearing them.
The good news is that there is a shoe lacing technique that will push your kids’ feet back and secure them against the back of the shoe, preventing heel movement and heel slipping. If your child is wearing a pair of sneakers with shoelaces (which I always recommend if the child has to wear an orthotic), then I recommend you try this shoe lacing technique since it will also make your child feel more comfortable and stable.
When you tie your children’s shoe laces properly, you are just not preventing falls and injuries, you are also providing your children with more support and stability. This will allow your kids to to run and play with confidence.
Nowadays there are a lot of Velcro shoe options, and I believe this is the main reason why children are learning how to tie their shoes at a much older age. While girls start tying their shoes between the ages of 5 and 6, most boys start learning how to tie their shoes at age 7.
If you are having a hard time teaching your child how to tie his or her shoes, I wrote a post where I describe the simplest, yet most effective method for them to learn. Go to the link below:
At some point in our lives, we were all taught how to tie our shoelaces. However, there is one shoe tying method that I call “reverse the shoelaces technique” which works best for children or adults who wear any sort of shoe insert or orthotic inside their shoes.
I will describe this method below (you can even apply it to your shoes) and I will also show you which are the best type of shoelaces that are more durable and stay tie better.
How to Tie Shoes with Orthotics – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is the most effective way to tie shoes with orthotics, and I have tried it on several children’s shoes and I apply this method to my shoes as well. Here are the three steps to follow for the “reverse the shoelaces technique”:
1- Start with leaving the two eyelets (shoe holes) of the shoe open.
2- Go through the top hole first.
3- Go through the holes that you left open.
You are all done!
Parents should try lacing their shoes this way to see the difference that it makes, even if they don’t wear an orthotic. I use this shoe tying method when I am running on the treadmill or playing soccer. Try it and tell me how it works out!
Some parents are AMAZED about the difference that it makes in the way the shoes feel.
IMPORTANT TIP: Please explain the importance to your kids’ of undoing the shoelaces or the Velcro strap of the shoes every time they take them off. This will keep the shoes in the best shape possible, specially the heel counter which is the back part of the shoe that offers ankle support.
Properly Tying Your Kids’ Shoes Will Prevent Injuries!
Implement the “reverse the laces technique” has many benefits such as:
- It will make the shoe feel tighter around the ankle and your child won’t feel like his foot is coming out of the shoe.
- It will prevent blisters by keeping the foot from moving when walking or running (reducing friction between your kid’s foot and the shoe).
- It will prevent injuries by providing your child with more support and stability.
Most people are not aware of what the extra eyelets (shoe holes) at the top of the shoe are for, and they do not take advantage of the many benefits that using them can provide. The “reverse the laces” technique will stop heel slippage by making the shoe fit more securely around your kid’s ankle.
Wearing a pair of shoe laces allows you to control the pressure that you put on your foot better than shoes that come with velcro straps or toggle laces. Lace up shoes offer more options and adjustments, which provides a customized fit.
The Importance Of Getting The Right Shoe!
If your child is wearing a pair of orthotics in a pair of non-supportive shoes, you are basically throwing your money away. The shoes that you provide for your child need to be substantial and supportive enough to hold the orthotic in place. Do not invest in an orthotic thinking that it will solve all of your kid’s foot problems. If you invest in an orthotic, you must invest in a pair of good supportive shoes as well.
You want to invest in a shoe that is going to optimize performance, and the type of closure should enhance the shoe fit and function, hence the importance of a shoe that come with shoelaces.
The shoes also need to come with a removable insole in order for the orthotic to fit properly inside the shoe. I wrote a post where I describe the best shoes for orthotics and which styles come with removable insoles. Go to the link below:
The Best Shoelaces for Kids – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Many shoe styles don’t come with shoelaces that are long enough for your child to be able to tie them properly and allow your child to double-knot them. It is important for the shoelaces to be long enough, especially when your child is learning how to tie his/her shoes. However, we don’t want them too long that they will make your child step on them and fall.
In order to get the correct shoelace length for your child, you need to count how many eyelets (shoe holes) there are in your kids’ shoes. If you need assistance in figuring out the right shoelace length for your child’s shoes, take a look at the picture below to find out what shoe length your child needs:
Below you can find a selection of the best shoelaces for children. They are called the “bubble” shoelaces and help the shoelace stay tied longer!
These shoelaces are great because they are durable and your child won’t have to worry abut having them becoming untie all the time.
Have you tried this shoe lacing technique before? Is there any other shoe lacing technique that you can recommend for a child who wears orthotics? Share your finds in the comment section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences!