Do you have a child that has been complaining about foot and leg pain? Has your child been diagnosed with supination? Foot and leg pain is never normal, and if your children have been complaining about foot or leg pain, you should always start by checking the shoes that they are wearing.
Have you noticed your children walking and running differently?
Let’s start by clarifying what supination is. Supination is the opposite of pronation and refers to the outward rolling of the foot during normal motion. Simply speaking, supination occurs when your kids’ feet roll outward as they walk.
Keep in mind that your children don’t consciously supinate, it happens naturally as they walk. 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. When children supinate they are putting pressure in parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to, which leads to foot and leg pain.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a specialized children’s shoe store specializing in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings 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. I am familiar with the best shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands.
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. However, if you already took your child to your pediatrician and were told that your child will “outgrow” their foot and leg pain, you came to the right place.
Foot and leg pain in children is never normal, and I recommend taking action from an early stage to avoid future complications.
Start by making sure that your child is 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.
Let me show you a selection of 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’ every day shoes (it can be an old pair or a pair that your child 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 children 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.
Now, are you 100% sure of your child’s foot size? 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. Chances are that if you are reading this article you don’t have a shoe store in your area, and you must purchase your kids’ shoes online.
Start by reading an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
The Best Kids’ Shoes for Supination – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, how much support they provide, and how well the fit.
If your child is wearing rigid, ill-fitting shoes all the time it will lead to foot and leg problems.
When children supinate, their feet turn outwards and this can throw their entire body out of alignment. This leads to them placing stress in parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to, 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 kids’ shoes for supination and they will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet (as long as you choose the shoe width accordingly).
This selection of shoes 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 in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), 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 shoelaces 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 an article 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.
Orthotics for Kids with Supination – Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy!
If the shoes that you provide for your child are not reducing or fully eliminating the foot or leg pain that your child has been experiencing, you need to proceed to trying an orthotic.
The correct type of orthotic will help align your child’s feet and legs and help them walk and run straighter. A good fitting orthotic will reduce the stress that your children were putting in parts of their body where they were not supposed to.
While I can’t get into too much detail in this article about the best orthotics for children with supination, there is another article I wrote that will explain you everything you need to know about the best orthotics for supination. Please go to the link below:
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.
Do you happen to have foot and leg pain due to supination as well? I created an article where I describe the best women’s shoes for supination, and you can find that article here:
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.
Have you found a particular pair of shoes that has worked well for your child with supination? Have you tried a particular orthotic that has improved the way your child walks and runs? Please share your thoughts below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.