Have you noticed your child walking and running differently lately? Do you have a child with overpronation who has been experiencing foot and leg pain?
All children have a certain degree of pronation, but when it’s excessive several complications arise.
Most children who experience overpronation are fat footed or have rolled ankles, which tends to throw their whole bodies out of alignment. This leads to poor posture habits, and can lead to your child having foot, knee, and lower back pain.
If your child has been diagnosed with overpronation, you will need to find the correct pair of shoes that will prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and help straighten and strengthen your kids’ feet. The issue is that it can be overwhelming for parents to stare at a wall of shoes that somehow all seem identical and very different at the same time.
In certain cases where the shoes are not able to prevent foot and leg pain and correct the child’s posture, a pair of orthotics might be required. However, I always recommend to start by trying pair of supportive shoes first.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now and that’s where I have found the most effective way to treat and prevent your child’s overpronation. This experience has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience fitting thousands of kids, I have become familiar with the best shoe brands for children with overpronation and the best styles among those brands.
Do you have a flat footed child at home? Let’s take a look at a picture of how the feet of a flat footed child looks like. Does this picture look familiar?
Overpronation usually happens from having flat feet, but it can also happen from having rolled ankles. Notice how the child’s ankles are also rolling inwards.
The most effective way to prevent your child’s feet from collapsing is by wearing the correct type of shoes and orthotics. This has proven to be the most effective way.
Let’s take a look at another image of a flat footed child.
Now let’s take a look at an image of the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how the child’s feet are straighter? The substantial sole and firm heel counter of the shoes are preventing the child’s feet from collapsing.
Now, if we fit that same child in a pair of shoes that don’t provide the correct amount of support, the child’s feet will start collapsing again.
I have tested hundreds of different shoe styles and there is only a small selection of shoes that provide enough support for children with overpronation, but the good news is that I know exactly which styles work better than others from having fitted them before.
Let’s put it this way, the way that your children’s feet strike the ground has a significant effect on their body. Children with flat feet that overpronate are more prone to developing foot and leg pain as well as foot injuries than children with normal pronation.
I always recommend parents who have children with overpronation to always start by trying a pair of shoes before trying an orthotic. If after trying a pair of supportive shoes your child’s walking gait and posture doesn’t improve, then I recommend that you proceed by trying a pair of orthotics.
Keep in mind that in order for your child to get the full benefits that the shoes have to offer, you will have to provide your child with a pair of shoes that come with shoelaces instead of Velcro closure. Shoelaces will “hug” your kids’ feet better, providing your child with more support and stability.
If you are not 100% sure if your child is overpronating or not, feel free to email me pictures and/or videos of your child walking. The pictures should be taken from behind, with and without shoes, just like the ones you saw above.
Before I provide you with a selection of the best shoes for children with overpronation, I want to first show you the 3 most important features that these shoes provide and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
The Complications of Overpronation – Foot, Leg, and Back Pain
The main problem with overpronation is how it can cause problems through your child’s entire body. When children are flat footed or have rolled ankles, their feet are not properly absorbing the shcok of their stride, instead that sock is passing on to your child’s legs, knees, hips, and even their spine.
In addition to making your child more prone to developing foot and leg pain, overpronation puts children at an increased risk of developing specific injuries. This occurs because overpronation disrupts the body’s natural alignment and causes increased impact when your kids’ feet strike the ground.
The most common symptoms of overpronation are:
- Flat feet.
- Arch and Heel Pain.
- Knee, Hip, or Lower Back Pain.
- Hammer Toes.
- Calluses and Corns.
Shoes for Overpronation – The 3 Most Important Features!
I have tested hundreds of different kids’ shoe styles, and from all of the styles that I tested, there are probably only 3 or 4 shoe styles that are effective in treating and preventing overpronation.
These are the 3 most important features that your kids’ shoes must provide in order to help treat and prevent overpronation:
✅ Arch Support: This feature will prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards. Shoes that come with a substantial sole will also attenuate the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground, this is also called shock absorption.
✅ Firm Heel Counter: This is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle and heel support. This feature will also attenuate the impact that your kids’ heels take when they come in contact with the ground, and also help straighten and strengthen your kids’ ankles.
✅ Extra Depth: This is a very important feature that most kids’ shoe styles fail to provide. Shoes that come with extra depth provide a better overall fit. In addition, the extra depth will allow you to fit an orthotic inside the shoes in case your child needs one for extra support.
The shoe styles that I will describe shortly provide all of those 3 features. However, I am always emphasizing to parents how if they fail to provide their children with the correct shoe size, they won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Most specialized children’s shoe stores have been closing down, so start by taking a look at a map that I created where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state. Go to the link below:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to find a good fitting children’s shoe store in your area, then proceed tot take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home. Go to the link below:
Now that you know what features your child’s shoes must provide and how to figure out your exact child’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at the best shoes for children with overpronation.
The Best Shoes for Kids with Overpronation ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The selection of shoes that I will describe below has proven to be the most effective one when it comes to helping treat and prevent children’s overpronation. I only recommend shoes that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for kids with overpronation.
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All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your child with a half a size longer of the size that your child measured in the shoe measuring scale, in order to allow for growing room.
Have your child test these shoes by walking and running, not just by standing and saying that the shoes feel good.
I want you to keep in mind that overpronation is very common and fully correctable. However, if left untreated it can lead to several problems.
Now that you know how to treat and prevent your child’s overpronation, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
I also always recommend parents to help strengthen their kids’ feet by having their children perform toe curls and heel raises. Don’t forget to have your children stretch their feet and legs to reduce the extra muscle stress and tightness that overpronation causes.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child.