Do you have a child that is complaining about foot or leg pain? Have you taken your child to your pediatrician or physical/occupation therapist and were told that your child is flat footed and needs a pair of insoles to be fitted inside the shoes?
When children have flat feet and overpronation, they tend to put pressure in parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to. However, this condition is more common than you think and a pair of supportive shoes with insoles will helps straighten your kids’ feet and improve the way he/she walks.
Children with severe cases of pronation will show visible signs of their feet turning in and their shoes caving in, and will complain about their feet and legs hurting.
Not all shoe styles and insoles will provide the support and structure tat your child needs, there are some that will be more effective than others. The good news is that I know exactly which ones they are and I will help you find them.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they FIT. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
I have fitted hundreds of children with flat feet at the children’s shoe store that I work for. I learned that something so simple such as providing your children with the correct pair of shoes and insoles will have a tremendous impact in preventing their feet from collapsing and improving their overall posture.
Let me prove this to you…
Let’s take a look at the image below. Does it look familiar? Do you notice how the feet of the child are collapsing and turning inwards? This is due to the child being flat footed.
If we fit this child in a pair of unsupportive shoes and insoles you will not see an improvement in the way the child walks, and the pain will persists. Notice how in the image below the child’s feet are still collapsing:
The second picture shows the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes and insoles. Do you notice how a substantial shoe with an insoles that provides good arch and heel support will help align the feet and improve the child’s overall posture?
The issue of flat feet is believed to be hereditary or genetics. Physical therapists and pediatricians refer children who have flat feet and are experiencing leg or foot pain to the store I work for on a daily basis. We are one of the few children’s shoe stores in the country that carries specialized orthotics for children that might have the following conditions:
- Flat Feet.
- Knock Knees.
- Rolled Ankles.
- Hammer Toes.
- Foot issues in general.
The staff is trained and qualified to fit shoes and orthotics to children who have foot issues, and while I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for over 10 years nw, some of my co-workers have been in the shoe business for over 25 years.
I will describe the proven method to get rid of foot and leg pain if your child is flat footed, and what steps to take to make sure the pain doesn’t come back.
While we fit all sort of different orthotics for children depending on the issue they might be experiencing, (a child that has flat feet will require a different type of orthotic than a child that has knock knees, or rolled ankles) there is one insole that works in most shoes, and it has proven to reduce, and in most cases eliminate the pain your child was experiencing.
Have you heard of the name Superfeet insoles before? These insoles have proven to be one of the most effective ones for children that are flat footed and are experiencing foot or leg pain. If fitted in the correct type of shoes, these insoles will significantly reduce or fully eliminate your chid’s arch and ankle pain.
Here are some of the features that they provide:
There are different type of Superfeet insoles (they are differentiated by colors), and some of them will cater to your child needs better than others. I will make things simple for you and show you which are the most effective ones.
Please keep in mind that these insoles will fit children that wear shoe sizes that range from a little kids shoe size 11.5 all the way up to shoe size 7.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: If you have a toddler that is flat footed and is experiencing foot or leg pain and wears a shoe size smaller than 11.5, please refer to an article I wrote where I describe the best orthotics for toddlers:
I will show you a selection of best insoles for flat feet shortly, but I want to dig deeper first in what features these insoles will provide to your child’s feet and how they will reduce or completely eliminate the pain.
Let’s start by making sure your child will benefit from these insoles.
Does your Child Need a Pair of Superfeet Insoles? – Let’s Find Out!
Did you know that the average child will take approximately 20,000 steps a day?
Children’s feet are subjected to enormous traumatic stress, since they usually engage in activities that call for different forms of physical action that impose torsions, shock impact, sudden-stop action, etc. on the foot.
Children who are involved in sorts are stressing their feet and legs at a whole different level, since they are running faster and engaging in more strenuous activities. I have had several cases of children having knee pain and leg pain after playing soccer. However, these issues tend to diminish or fully disappear when using Superfeet insoles. I will dig a little bit deeper in how these insoles will help children who play sports as well.
When children experience foot, knee, or leg pain the first thing to do is to check the shoes that they are wearing. Take a look at the picture below where we have the same shoe style with the shoe on the left being worn by a child with flat feet for 2 months and the shoe on the right is brand new.
Do you notice how the shoe in the left is caving in? This means that the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards from being flat footed.
Keep in mind that in certain cases children overpronate from wearing shoes that are not supportive enough. The shoes and the insoles will work together in helping your child walk and run straighter, but if you fit a pair of insoles in a pair of unsupportive shoes, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the insoles have to offer.
The shoes must provide good arch and ankle support, so always make sure that you provide your child with shoes that come with a substantial sole and a firm heel counter.
Do you know what the heel counter of the shoe is? Take a look at the image below for clarification. Every time you press on that part of the shoe, it should feel as substantial and firm as possible.
Below you can see a picture of a shoe style with a heel counter that is too soft. Do you notice how when I press on that part of the shoe, the heel counter bends easily?
If you noticed that your child’s shoes are not supportive enough, don’t worry. I will also provide you with a selection of good supportive sneakers shortly.
The Advantages of Superfeet Insoles – STOP Foot and Leg Pain!
Superfeet insoles are important in realigning your child’s body posture as well as strengthening the muscles. They reduce or eliminate common foot pain, arch pain, heel pain & plantar fasciitis. They also might be a short-term solution to your child’s foot problems if early intervention is provided. Keep in mind that in some cases children might need insoles for prolonged periods of time.
Superfeet insoles are affordable (since children’s feet are constantly growing) and offer professional-grade orthotic support, performance and comfort.
One of the greatest advantages of these insoles is that they fit the contour of the foot the best and are the most durable ones I have found on the market. They are easy to fit and the rewards of wearing them are tenfold.
The two particular styles that have proven to be the most effective ones are the Green and Blue ones.
Superfeet Insoles: Green or Blue?
The green Superfeet will provide your child with maximum support, stability, balance and shock absorption. The green ones are better for children who have medium arches and suffer from arch, heel and knee pain.
The blue Superfeet will work better for children who have low to medium arches that cannot tolerate maximum support. The arch shape accommodates most foot types while the moderately deep heel cup provides control and comfort. This style will fit in lower volume or tight fitting shoes, that is the main reason why they work so well with sport shoes such as cleats.
Another feature that I love about these Superfeet insoles is that you will be able to switch them from your kids’ running shoes, to their dress shoes, to their hiking boots and even their cleats!
It is worth mentioning that I have fitted children in these insoles that had a hard time playing soccer due to the pain they were experiencing on their feet and legs. After trying the blue Superfeet insoles, the pain wasn’t an issue anymore.
Superfeet insoles, indeed, can be life changing, like well-fitted shoes. Take a look at the chart below which furthers explain the benefits of each Superfeet insole:
The Best Superfeet Insoles for Children – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keeping mind that I only review orthotics and shoes that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the insoles are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Below you can find a selection of the best two styles of Superfeet insoles at the most affordable price.
Blue Superfeet for Kids – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Once you purchase your first pair of Superfeet insoles for your children, they should start wearing them for 1 to 2 hours the first day, 2 to 3 hours the second day, and then increase the number of hours until their feet are accustomed to the support they provide. The whole process of getting used to the insoles should not take more than a take a week.
How to Make Sure the Superfeet Insoles are Fitted Properly? – Get It Right!
You will use the original insoles of your child’s shoes to make sure that the Superfeet insoles match that same length.
1- The first thing you need to do is remove the original shoe insole from your kids’ shoes.
2- Turn both the original insole and the Superfeet insole face down. Place the original insole on top of the Superfeet insole:
a) line up both the backs of the heel and
b) the inside edges, and then
c) use a pen to trace the outline onto the Superfeet.
3- TRIM. Cut along the OUTSIDE of the trace line, that way if it is still too long, you will be able to trim it a little more.
4- Insert & Test. Put the trimmed Superfeet into the shoe.
Most children’s shoe styes now comes with removable insoles. You need to make sure you remove the insoles that come with the shoes, and then insert the Superfeet insoles. If you leave the original inserts of the shoe inside, the shoe will feel really tight on your child’s foot, and you will be raising your kids’ feet up too much, giving them the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoe.
Children should replace their Superfeet insoles between 5 to 9 months, depending on how fast they are growing.
The Best Shoes for your Kids Superfeet Insoles – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please remember that the shoes and the insoles will work together in keeping your kids’ feet and legs healthy. There are certain shoe style that I have fitted before that have proven to fit best with the Superfeet insoles.
I think it’s worth mentioning that shoes that come will shoelaces will provide your child with more support and more stability than Velcro closure. I do understand that some children might not be ready to learn how to tie their shoes yet, that is the reason why I will provide you with a selection of both.
Here you can find a selection of the best shoes kids’ shoes for Superfeet insoles.
These shoes are the ones I recommend the most for children that are flat footed and need extra support from their shoes, and they are all available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide:
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your children with a “half a size” longer of the size that they measured at the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
I always advice to parents to take their kids’ to their local children’s shoe store that they trust to have their feet properly measured. However, a lot of parents have contacted me telling me how they don’t have a kids’ shoe store in their area that they trust.
If this is your case, you can follow certain guidelines to figure out your child’s foot size from home. Start by reading an article along with a video that I created where I explain the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home. Go to the link below:
How to Clean Your Kids’ Superfeet Insoles – Let’s Find Out!
You should never machine wash the insoles. If you want to clean them, you should hand wash them with mild soap in lukewarm water, make sure you rinse them well, and allow them to air dry.
What can affect your child’s Superfeet experience?
- Footwear brand, model and size
- Shoes with non-removable insoles.
- Lacing method
- Thickness of the sock.
Superfeet Insoles for Mom and Dad? -You Can Wear Them Too!
Working at a shoe store requires me to be on my feet all day, sitting down, getting up, climbing ladders to reach for the shoes, running back and forth during the busiest days. It only took me 6 months from the day that I started working there to start experiencing not only foot pain, but knee and leg pain as well. The pain later moved to my lower back.
One day, the owner of the shoe store decided to start carrying Superfeet insoles. The company sent each employee a pair in order to try them out and be able to better explain to customers the features of the product.
After trying a pair of green Superfeet insoles, the pain started to reduce, until it fully disappeared. I was extremely pleased with the results, and I can tell you from personal experience that these insoles do work. Keep in mind I did wear them with a pair of supportive sneakers.
Even though I have had a positive experience using these kind of inserts, how effective they will be in your kids’ feet will depend on individual foot anatomy. Superfeet insoles are meant for light to moderate pronation, so please keep in mind that they will not work if your child has severe foot problems or low muscle tone.
Do not underestimate the importance of stretching, since this can significantly relieve the foot and leg pain that your child might be experiencing. If your child does stretch regularly and the pain persists then it might be a sign that your child needs extra support.
Parents must educate themselves in order to understand what supportive footwear means, since there is a myriad of options when it comes to children’s shoes.
Now that you know which are the best insoles for flat feet, you are ready to make the most informative decision!
Be kind to your child’s feet. They’ve got to carry them a long way.
Has your child tried the Superfeet insoles before? Is there another type of insoles you can recommend for children with foot and leg pain? Please share your experiences below so other parents can benefit from them!