Has your child been complaining about foot and leg pain? Has he/she been diagnosed with supination? Please understand that foot and leg pain is never normal, and if your children have been complaining about pain, you should always start by checking the shoes they are wearing.
Have you noticed your kids walking and running differently?
Let’s start by clarifying what supination is! Supination is the opposite of pronation and refers to the outward roll of the foot during normal motion. Simply speaking, supination occurs when your kids’ feet roll outward as they walk.
Keep in mind that your child doesn’t consciously supinate, it happens naturally as he or she walks. The main problem with supination is that all of your child’s weight and the stress of their gait is placed on their heels and on the outside edge of their feet as they walk or run.
When children don’t supinate or pronate, the body weight is evenly distributed throughout the width of the foot. The problem arises when they place weight on the inside or on the outside of their feet when walking or running, since it creates stress points that will affect their feet, ankles, knees, hips, and even lower-back!
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.
If you have noticed your children walking or running differently, or if your children have been complaining of their feet and legs feeling tired, you should take them to your pediatrician or physical therapist to have their feet checked.
Make sure they are wearing the correct shoe style and the correct shoe size. Something as simple as providing your child with the correct pair of shoes will have a huge positive impact in the way they walk and run, and it will also reduce or fully eliminate the pain they have been experiencing.
In this post, I will help you find the best shoes for kids with supination.
How To Tell If Your Child Is Supinating? – Follow These Easy Steps!
Supination is believed to be hereditary. One of the causes of supination is having a high foot arch, which tends to force kids to walk on the outer edge of their feet. However, supination may also be caused by weakness in certain muscles of your child’s feet and this lack of strength might be a result of wearing shoes that don’t provide enough support or that don’t FIT properly.
If you notice a wear pattern on the outside of your kids’ shoes from heel to forefoot, it’s likely that they supinate. But let’s break down the steps you can take in order to figure out if your child has supination or not:
Grab a pair of your kids’ everyday shoes (it can be an old pair or a pair he/she has been wearing for more than a month). Take a close look at the wear pattern on the outsoles of their shoes.
If you notice excessive wear on the outer edge of the sole, your child may be a supinator.
There is another popular method you can use to figure out whether your child is a supinator or not.
Take off your kids’ shoes and socks.
Wet your kids’ feet and with their entire weight make them step on a surface where you can see their foot print (such as a brown paper bag).
If very little or none of the arch is outlined, your child is most likely a supinator.
The Issues With Supination – Learn The Facts!
It’s important that you provide your child with a pair of quality supportive shoes because supination can lead to the following foot conditions:
- Foot rigidity
- Hammer toes
- Ankle sprain and foot instability
- Hammer toes and claw toes
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Back and hip pain
The biggest issue with supination is the extra stress that kids place on the outside of the foot with each step they take. If the kids are walking or running long distances, they will experience foot and leg pain. Sometimes even standing for long time periods of time will cause foot pain or foot fatigue.
This will lead to certain children refusing to participate in activities or sports due to their feet and legs hurting or feeling tired.
What Are The Best Kids Shoes For Supination? – Learn The Secret!
If your child is wearing rigid, ill-fitting shoes all the time it will lead to foot and leg problems. And since their feet are the foundation for their entire body, this can throw their entire body out of alignment.
The type of shoes that we want to provide for our children are the ones that have a high arch, since it will help distribute the pressure on your kids’ feet more evenly.
If you provide your child with the correct type of shoes, their feet and leg pain will decrease since they will be distributing the pressure and stress across their entire foot.
I have fitted all of the shoes that I recommend below, and they have proven to reduce or fully eliminate the pain that children were experiencing.
Below you can find a selection of the best children’s shoes for supination:
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Please keep in mind that shoes that come with shoelaces will always provide more support and more stability than shoes that come with a velcro closure. That is because shoe laces will hug your kids’ feet better, secure their heels, and allow them to walk and run with more confidence.
If your child hasn’t learned how to tie his or her shoes yet, there is a post that I wrote where I describe the best method to teach a child how to tie his or her shoes and you can find it here:
Now, if you have tried a pair of well-fitting and supportive shoes but your child still complains about foot and leg pain, you might need to provide extra support in the shoes such as an orthotic.
This is nothing to stress over since we have a lot of children that come to the shoe store referred by their pediatricians to be fitted for orthotics. I have fitted some of the best orthotics for children that have pronation or supination, and they generally help in aligning their entire body and in eliminating their foot and leg pain.
However, you must always start by trying a pair of properly fitted, supportive shoes. Now, are you sure that the shoes your kids’ are wearing actually FIT? I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure your kids’ feet and find shoes accordingly.
But several parents have told me how local, independently owned shoe stores keep disappearing, and they are left with big retailers that don’t know how to properly measure children’s feet.
Please take a look at this post if you are not sure whether your child is wearing the correct shoe size:
Orthotics For Kids With Supination – Keep Your Kids Feet Healthy!
If the shoes that you provide for your child are not reducing or eliminating the pain they have been experiencing, it’s time to try an orthotic.
The correct type of orthotic will help align your child’s body by helping him or her walk and run straighter, and at the same time will reduce the stress they were putting on parts of their body where they were not supposed to.
While I won’t go in to detail about this subject in this post, I wrote a post where I address this issue and describe which are the best orthotics for a child that supinates. You can find that post here:
You will find everything you need to know about the best orthotics for children who supinate, but if you are left with any doubts please do not hesitate to contact me.
Providing your child with the correct type of shoes will keep his/her feet healthy, and prevent numerous foot issues such as foot and leg pain, blisters, calluses, and corns. Please make sure you do your research before you purchase shoes for your child since they play a key role in keeping their feet and legs healthy!
Have you found a particular pair of shoes that has worked well for your child that supinates? have you tried a particular orthotic that has improved the way your child walks and runs? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!