Has your child been complaining about foot and leg pain? Did you know that the most effective way to significantly reduce or fully eliminate your children’s foot and leg pain is to provide them with the correct type of shoes?
If you have a flatfooted child that is experiencing overpronation, rolled ankles, low muscle tone, knock knees, or any other foot issue that you might think of, the first step in order to treat, correct, and prevent the issue is to wear the correct type of shoes.
Have you noticed how a child that has flat feet walks? Once they stand and put pressure on their feet the arch collapses and this leads to them turning their feet inwards. This also leads to their legs turning inwards as well, so they are putting pressure in parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to.T
here are only certain type of orthopedic shoes that will be effective in treating your chid’s foot or leg condition. Did you know that the type of shoes that you provide for your child can help them walk and run straighter? The correct type of shoes can improve your child’s overall posture.
Let me prove this to you..
Let’s take a look at a picture of a child with flat feet wearing two different pair of shoes. The first picture shows a child wearing a pair of unsupportive shoes.Do you notice how the feet are still pronating and turning in?
Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how the child’s feet look a lot straighter?
The arch and ankle support of the shoes are preventing the child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards.
These are example of regular sneakers that will help improve the posture of a child with mild signs of pronation. However, if you have a child that is experiencing overpronation or other more severe foot conditions, you will need an actual pair of orthopedic shoes.
I will be able to show you exactly which orthopedic shoes are better for children since I have been fitting children’s shoes for over 10 years, and I work for a specialized kids’ shoe store where we specialize in children who have foot and leg problems. I am familiar with the best shoe brands and the best shoe styles for children, from actually having fitted them before.
In order for your children to lead active lives they must be comfortable when walking and running, and the shoes must provide them with the correct amount of support, so they can perform their everyday activities.
Please be cautious about the type of shoes that you provide for your child. I have noticed how shoe companies have been making an increased amount of shoe styles that are poorly made and are damaging to the feet and body posture of children.
If your children have been experiencing foot or leg pain due to flat feet, rolled ankles, or knock knees, you must provide them with a pair of good supportive shoes that will significantly reduce or fully eliminate their foot pain.
I am always trying to emphasize to parents the key role that shoes play in keeping our children’s feet healthy. Parents are always skeptical of investing in their children’s shoes and the main reason is that kids grow out of shoes relatively quickly. However, it is extremely important and beneficial to invest in footwear that is supportive and has orthopedic technology if you want to keep your children’s feet and legs healthy, and you will end up saving a lot of time and money in the long run.
I am also always explaining to parents that more expensive shoes don’t automatically translate into better shoes for your child. You don’t need to spend a lot of money in your child’s shoes, you just need to know which shoe styles provide more support and will fit the shape of your child’s feet better, and that’s what I am here for, to HELP YOU find them.
Please keep in mind that orthopedic shoes are more expensive than regular sneakers, since they provide certain features that regular sneakers don’t provide. The shoes are made of the highest quality and made of natural materials suitable for children’s feet.
The styles I will describe below are actually registered as medical products.
I will show you a selection of the best orthopedic shoe styles for kids that I have fitted before shortly, but let’s first get familiar with what features these shoes will provide and how you can figure out your child’s foot size from home.
The 4 Most Features that Orthopedic Shoes Must Provide – Let’s Find Out!
I am an expert when it comes to providing children with shoes that provide proper arch and ankle support.
For those parents who don’t have a local kids’ shoe store, I have been helping them find the perfect pair of shoes for their children online.
There are certain features that the shoes must provide in order to keep your kids’ feet healthy:
- Heel Support: The shoes will come with a firm heel counter that will prevent deformation of the feet and will keep the foot in the right position. This feature will support and straighten your kids’ ankles.
- Depth: All of these orthopedic shoe styles are deep, meaning that you will be able to accommodate any type of orthotic or brace inside these shoes.
- Substantial Sole: The shoes will come with a lightweight, yet supportive sole that will hold the orthotic in place. This feature will also minimize the impact that your kids’ feet receive every time they come in contact with the ground. This part of the shoe must also provide good traction to prevent your child from slipping and falling down.
- RoundToe-Box: The shoes will come with a round toe-box to prevent your kids’ toes from rubbing against the side of the shoes or overlapping against on another.
I am always emphasizing to parents that it does’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly which involves getting the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
The Best Orthopedic Shoes for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The type of orthopedic shoes that I will describe below will be best for children that are dealing with overpronation, in-toeing (pigeon toes), toe walking, rolled ankles, knock-knees, bowlegs, and posture problems. They will also shape and mold to your kids’ feet assuring proper body gait development. I have fitted all of these shoe styles before and they are the best quality shoes you can provide to your child.
Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Below you can find a selection of the best orthopedic shoes for kids (which are all approved by medial professionals). Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.
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These shoe styles are all genuine natural leather so they can mold to your kids’ feet. The shoes also come with a stable foot technology that prevents your child’s feet to slide back and forth which avoids friction between our kids’ toes and the shoes and promotes good balance.
These shoe styles fit “short” which means that you will have to provide your child with a whole size longer of the size that he or she measures at the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
I have fitted several children who were experiencing foot and leg pain in good orthopedic shoes and I have seen the positive impact that the shoes provided allowing the kids o walk and run straighter.
Do you happen to need a pair of orthopedic shoes for yourself? I actually created an article where I describe the best orthopedic shoes for women and you can find it here:
Another reason why I recommend this shoe brand is that their shoes have been designed with the assistance of specialist orthopedic pediatricians and doctors. Each of their shoes are made out of leather on the outside and inside of the shoe. Each shoe style is individually cut, stitched and crafted by hand from start to finish.
If after wearing any of these orthopedic shoe styles your child is still complaining about foot or leg pain, you can send me a picture of the sole of the shoe because depending of which zone is worn out, there are certain insoles that can be selected to correct the problem.
Have you tried a particular orthopedic shoe style that has minimized or fully eliminated your kids’ foot and leg pain? Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? Please let us know in the comments section below because I get a lot of parents who write me daily wanting to know about good fitting children’s shoe stores in their area.