Has your child been complaining about foot or leg pain after playing sports? When children play sports, they place a lot of stress on their feet and legs, often leading to pain and discomfort.
I have fitted a variety of different orthotics inside children’s cleats and sport shoes. However, there is only one particular orthotic that has proven to significantly reduce, and, in some cases, fully eliminate the pain that children experience when they play sports.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in children with foot and leg problems, but our store provides regular shoe fittings as well.
We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with the shoe brands and styles that are ideal for use with these orthotics.
An orthotic is a shoe insert that is specifically designed to provide cushioning, support, and stability, and to relieve pressure areas of the foot.
The orthotic I will describe in this article will support children wearing sport shoes in the following sports:
Do you want to know what all of these sports have in common? They all require your children to run faster, make sudden stops and quick direction changes, and jump and land hard on their feet.
It’s important for your kids’ sport shoes to be supportive, but also lightweight and flexible at the same time, to prevent your child’s feet and legs from getting easily tired.
Before you try to fit an orthotic inside your kids’ sport shoes, you need to first make sure that their shoes are supporting their feet properly and are the correct size.
I have noticed that most child athletes who complain about foot and leg pain are wearing sport shoes that are too narrow for their feet. Most parents are not aware that sport shoes are available in wide and extra wide widths do exist, and they play a key role in keeping your child’s feet healthy.
There are several sport shoes that will fit a child with wide or extra wide feet. If you have a child with wide or extra wide feet please click on the sport your child is playing to find the best fitting shoes:
Once you are 100% sure that your child is wearing the correct type of sports shoe, you are ready to start looking for an orthotic to provide extra support for their feet and legs.
The most common reasons why your children might need an orthotic to be fitted inside their sport shoes are:
The orthotic I will describe in this article will not only help reduce your child’s foot and leg pain by providing additional support, it will also help in realigning your child’s body posture as well as in strengthening their muscles. This orthotic will also help prevent and treat your child’s foot conditions.
Before I show you the best orthotic for sport shoes, I want to first explain the features that this orthotic will provide and also demonstrate how to determine your child’s exact foot size from home.
Kids’ Orthotic for Sport Shoes – The 5 Most Important Features!
The orthotic I recommend for your child’s sport shoes will provide the following features:
❤️ The arch shape accommodates most foot types while the moderately heel cup provides extra ankle support, control, and comfort.
❤️ Reinforced for optimum flexibility in the mid foot.
❤️ Designed primarily for tighter fitting footwear such as cleats.
❤️ Antimicrobial technology prevents the buildup of bacteria inside your kids’ shoes.
❤️ The orthotic has grip pads located on the bottom to prevent the orthotic from slipping/movement inside your child’s shoes.
Please keep in mind that the only way that your children will get the full benefits of the orthotic is if they are wearing the correct shoes type and size.
Which brings me to this next question: Are You 100% Sure That You Know Your Child’s Exact Foot Size?
I always recommend that parents take their children to their trusted local children’s shoe store for fittings. However, many stores that provide fittings have been closing down, leading parents to purchase their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong purchasing shoes online, but it’s important to first determine your child’s exact foot size.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores specializing in fittings by state:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a trusted shoe store in your area, then you may find it helpful to consult my video demonstrating the simplest, yet most effective way to determine your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features this orthotic will provide and how to determine your child’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at the best orthotic for sport shoes.
The Best Orthotic for Sport Shoes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoes and orthotics that I have fitted before, so I can personally assess how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how well they fit.
Here you can find the best orthotic for sport shoes between the ages of 4 to 9 years old or shoe size 11 to 3.
Here you can find the best orthotic for sport shoes for older kids, the size “XS” will fit children between a shoe size 3 1/2 to 6.
In order for this orthotic to fit properly inside your kids’ shoes, you need to make sure that you remove the original sole from your kids’ sport shoes. If you leave the original sole and you fit the orthotic on top, you will be raising your kids’ feet up and giving them the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes as they walk and run. Failing to remove the original sole will also cause the top of your child’s foot to rub against the top part of the shoes.
How Can Orthotics Improve Posture? – See it For Yourself!
As I mentioned, this orthotic will not only help reduce your child’s foot and leg pain, but it will also help improve your child’s body posture by aligning your child’s feet and legs.
Let’s take a look at a picture of a flat-footed child. Note how the feet collapse (turn inwards):
Now let’s take a picture of the same flat-footed child standing in a pair of orthotics. Do you notice how much straighter the feet and legs are?
I wanted to help you better visualize the impact that orthotics can have in correcting your child’s overall posture.
The Best Sport Socks for Kids – Let’s Cushion and Support the Feet!
Sport socks play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy, since they act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the sport shoes.
The correct type of sock will be extremely effective in preventing blisters and calluses, since they come with extra padding and cushion for targeted areas of the feet. They will also prevent the buildup of bacteria inside your kids’ shoes.
There will be a lot of friction between your kids’ feet and the shoes. Therefore, your children must wear a pair of good socks to help keep their feet healthy. You can learn more about proper socks in two other articles. Go to the link below:
Please keep in mind that your child will be able to wear soccer socks for other sports such as baseball or football.
Now that you know which is the best orthotic for sports, you are ready to keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you ever have trouble finding a particular shoe style or orthotic for your child’s feet. It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, and I will help you find it!
Have you tried this orthotic before? Has it worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your thoughts below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.