I have fitted hundreds of children with flat feet at the children’s shoe store that I work for. If your child is experiencing foot or leg pain due to being flat footed, a pair of good supportive sneakers or a pair of orthotics will help considerable reduce, or completely eliminate the pain.
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:
- 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 that have foot issues. While I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for over 5 years, some of my co workers have been in the shoe business for over 25 years. 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.
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?
In this article I will describe the best insoles for flat feet.
Before I get into too much detail about these insoles, let’s first clarify whether your child might need them or not. I always advice to parents to take their kids’ to their local children’s shoe store 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 make sure you are getting the correct insoles and the correct shoe size. Start by reading a post I created where I explain how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size. The post is called:
How To Tell If Your Child Needs Superfeet? Follow These Guidelines
If your child is experiencing leg or knee pain, the first thing you should do is to take them to a physical therapist. They will be able to recommend whether they might need orthotics, a good supportive shoe, or both. Active children impose an enormous abuse on shoes. 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.
When playing soccer, baseball, softball, or basketball, your child is stressing his legs more since he is 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.
Some children will not express any discomfort or pain, this is a fact since some children express themselves better than others. Fortunately, there are ways to tell if your child is pronating in his/her shoes. Take a look at the picture below where we have a new shoe in the right, and a shoe wore by a child that is pronating on the left. Do you notice how the shoe in the left is caving in? This means your child is walking inwards and putting a lot of pressure in that part of the shoe.
Keep in mind that this can be simply due to your child’s shoes not being supportive enough. Most of the time, when we switch a child that has been pronating in his shoes to a more supportive, sturdy shoe, the signs of pronation disappear instantly. This means that the more supportive shoe is helping your child walk and run straighter due to having a better arch support, and a firmer heel counter.
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF A SUPPORTIVE, WELL FITTED SHOE! Some parents might spend thousands of dollars in orthotics and surgery, when all the child really needs is the proper shoe.
Do you know what the heel counter of the shoe is? Take a look at the picture below where I show a picture of what the heel counter of the shoe is and how to tell if it is firm and supportive. 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 the shoe with a flabby heel counter. A heel counter that is too soft will make your kids’ feet collapse and start pronating. When I squeeze that part of the shoe, the heel counter feels soft and it bends easily. STOP getting those type of shoes for your child!
If your child is already wearing a good supportive shoe and the pain and pronation persists, then it’s time to try something that will offer more support. Do you know what features a good, supportive sneaker MUST have? I ask this questions because I know most parents don’t have a clue.
I wrote a post where I describe the best sneakers for children, and what particular features a shoe must have in order to be supportive. The post is called:
What Can Superfeet Insoles Do For Your Child? – STOP The Pain!
Superfeet insoles are important in realigning your child’s body posture as well as strengthening the muscles, from the leg to the back of the shoulders. They reduce or eliminate common foot pain, arch pain, heel pain & plantar fasciitis. They also might be a short-term solution to your child 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 and offer professional-grade orthotic support, performance and comfort for anyone who wants their footwear to fit and feel better.
Who Are Superfeet Insoles For? – Kids’ And Adults Can Wear Them!
The Superfeet insoles come with many different types of support and they work for children and adults. The ones I have fitted at work are the two most popular ones which are the blue color ones (for sport activities), and the green ones (everyday walking and running). These two are the only ones I will be discussing since I do not have experience fitting the other type of Superfeet.
Working at a shoe store requires me to be on my feet all day, sitting down, getting up, climbing ladders to reach the shoes, running back and forth during the busiest days. It only took me 6 months from when I started working 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 going away, 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.
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.
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 pronation, so please keep in mind that they will not work if your child has severe foot problems or low muscle tone.
Superfeet Insoles: Green Or Blue?
The green Superfeet will provide your child with maximum support, stability, balance and shock absorption. Better for children or adults who have medium arches and suffer from back pain, plantar fasciitis, arch pain, knee pain. I would recommend using this kind of insole with walking/running shoes, work shoes or hiking boots.
The blue color Superfeet will fit in lower volume or tight fitting shoes, that is the main reason why they work so well with cleats. It will work better for children or adults 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.
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 Superfeet insoles, the pain wasn’t an issue anymore Both of these insoles might have to be trimmed to fit in the shoes.
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:
How Can I Make Sure I Get The Right Size? – Get It Right!
These are the key features to look for a proper fit:
- Your heel must be sitting inside the heel cup, and not over the edge.
- If the insole feels too narrow, you should go up a letter-size.
- If your toes extend beyond the end of the foam forefoot, go up a letter-size.
- You may need to trim your insoles to fit in your footwear.
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!
1-The first thing you need to do is remove the shoe insole from your kids’ shoes if there is one.
2-Turn both the manufacturer insole and the Superfeet insole face down. Place the manufacturer insole on top of the Superfeet:
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.
- Insert & Test. Put the trimmed Superfeet into the shoe.
Most footwear 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 from the shoe on, the shoe will feel really tight on your child’s foot, and you will be raising his feet up too much, giving him the impression that his feet are coming out of the shoe.
I wrote a post that you can probably benefit from where I describe the best shoes with removable insoles. The post is called:
Is Your Child Ready To Try A Pair Of Superfeet? – Say Goodbye To Foot Pain!
Once you purchase your first pair of Superfeet insoles for your child, he/she should start wearing them for 1 to 2 hours the first day, 2 to 3 hours the second day, and then increase the hours until their feet are accustomed to the support they provide. Your kids’ shouldn’t’ feel any pain during this time, and the process of getting used to the insoles should take a week. If your child starts feeling any sort of pain, remove the Superfeet insoles and check if they were fitted properly.
How Long Do Superfeet Last?
Children should replace them between 6 to 12 months, depending on how fast they are growing. Adults should replace Superfeet insoles every 12 months. Don’t have a clue on how fast children’s feet tend to grow? Take a look at my post where I explain exactly when you should be replacing your kids’ shoes based on their age. The same applies to the Superfeet insoles.
Below you can find a selection of the best two styles of Superfeet at the MOST affordable PRICE. The first two choices provide children sizes as well as adults:
The first two options from the left are available in children and adult sizes. The last two options are available ONLY for adults.
Is There A Way To Clean The Superfeet Insoles?
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 Superfeet experience?
- Footwear brand, model and size
- Shoes with non-removable insoles.
- Lacing method
- Thickness of the sock.
Final Thoughts – The Importance Of Stretching
Do not underestimate the importance of stretching; this can significantly relieve the 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!
I hope that after reading my post I have made you more aware of how much damage you are doing when your child is not wearing the proper shoes. Be kind to your child’s feet. They’ve got to carry them a long way.
Is your child having foot or leg pain? Have you found a way to stop the pain? Have you or your child tried Superfeet insoles before?Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!