Did you know that the way you tie your kid’s shoe laces can have a HUGE impact in determining the benefits that they will get from the shoes and the orthotics they wear? If you wear or have wore an orthotic in your shoes before, you will probably know how it might give you the impression that your feet are coming out of the shoe, since the orthotics are raising your feet. This can create a great deal of discomfort, to the point that you might want to STOP wearing them.
If your child is wearing a pair of lace up shoes (which I always recommend if he uses an orthotic in the shoe), there is a lacing technique that will make the shoe feel tighter around his heels, thus making him feel more comfortable and stable. 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!
When we tie our children’s shoe laces properly, we are just not preventing falls and injuries, but we are also providing our children with more support and stability! This will allow them to run and play more confidently!
Because of all the shoe velcro options, children are learning how to tie their shoes at a much older age. While girls start tying their shoes when they are 5 to 6 years old, most boys start at age 7 or older. If your children wear orthotics in their shoes, I advise starting to teach them how to tie their shoes as soon as possible.
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 best method for them to learn. The post is called:
At some point in our lives, we were all taught how to tie our shoe laces. However, there is one hidden secret to lacing your kids shoes that most parents are not familiar with: there is a way to tie the shoe laces called the “reverse the laces technique” which works best for children or adults who wear any sort of shoe insert or orthotic.
I will describe this method below and show you which are the best type of shoe laces that stay tied for much longer than the rest!
The Best Method To Tie Shoes For Orthotics! – Get It Right!
Here are the three steps to follow for the “reverse the laces 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 you left open.
4- You are all done! Parents should try lacing their shoes this way to see the difference it makes, even if they don’t wear an orthotic! I use this 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 it makes in the way the shoes feel!
Please explain the importance to your kids’ of undoing the shoe laces 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 To 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 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 for your child.
You want to invest in a shoe that is going to optimize performance, and the type of closure should enhance the shoe’s fit and function, hence the importance of a shoe with shoe laces.
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. The post is called:
Many shoes do not come with shoe laces that are long enough to tie properly and allow your child to double-knot them. It is important for the shoe laces to be long enough, especially when your child is learning how to tie his shoes. However, we don’t want them so long that they hang over the shoes.
If you need assistance in figuring out the right shoe lace 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 shoe laces for children! They are called the “bubble” shoe laces and help the shoe lace stay tied longer!
Have you tried this shoe lacing technique before? Has it worked? Is there any other shoe lacing technique that you will recommend for a child who wears orthotics? Share your finds in the comment section below so we can all benefit from your experiences!