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Orthotic Inserts for Kids with Flat Feet – Align Your Kids’ Feet and Improve Their Posture!


Has your child been complaining about foot and leg pain? Has your child been diagnosed with flat feet?

When children have flat feet their feet collapse and turn inwards. This leads to their foot posture being thrown out of alignment and children need to recruit more muscles for each movement, which leads to an increase in muscle fatigue, tightness and strain.

Let’s take a look at a picture of a flat-footed child standing barefoot. Notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards:


The correct type of orthotic inserts will help align your kids’ feet, preventing them from collapsing and helping your child walk and run straighter.

Let me prove it to you!

Let’s take a look at a picture of a flat-footed child again. Do you notice how the feet are collapsing and the ankles are rolling out?

Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child standing in a pair of orthotic inserts. Do you notice how the child’s feet are a lot straighter? The orthotics are preventing the child’s feet from collapsing and straightening the child’s feet and legs, which leads to an improvement in the child’s overall posture.


However, the shoes also play a key role in straightening you kids’ feet and legs, as if you fit a pair of orthotic inserts in a pair of shoes that are not supportive, the shoes won’t hold the orthotic in place and your child won’t get the whole benefits that the orthotics have to offer.

Let’s take a look at a picture of the same child wearing a pair of shoes that don’t provide the correct amount of support. Do you notice how the shoes are tilting inwards?

Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes with the orthotics. Do you notice how much straighter the feet are?

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now  that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.

If your child has been diagnosed with flat feet, I recommend taking action immediately. Most children who have flat feet tend to overpronate, which can lead to several other foot and leg issues, as well as back pain.

Before I provide you with a selection of the best orthotic inserts for kids with flat feet, let me first show you how you can figure out if your child is actually flat-footed or not.

Is Your Child Flat Footed? – Let’s Find Out in 2 Simple Steps!

I have helped hundreds of children with flat feet find the correct pair of shoes and orthotic inserts, so it’s easy for me to tell whether a child is flat-footed or not. There are two simple methods you can use to figure out whether your child is flat-footed or not.

First Method – Take a Closer Look at Your Kids’ Feet From Behind

Let me show you a couple of images that will help you visualize whether your child is flat-footed or not.

Have your child stand up straight barefoot on a flat surface. Do you notice how the child’s feet are turning inwards — image on the left — since there is no arch preventing the feet from collapsing? The image on the right shows a picture of a child with an arch.


Second Method – Take a Look at Your Child’s Current Shoes

The other simple way to tell if your child is flat-footed or not is to check the shoes that your child has been wearing for at least the last 2 months.

Take a look at your child’s shoes from the back, do you notice any sign of the shoes collapsing or turning inwards? Let me show you the difference between a shoe that a child has been wearing and overpronating versus a new shoe.

In the image on the left we can see how the shoe is titling inwards, which means that the child has been overpronating and putting too much pressure in that area of the shoe.

new shoe-vs-worn-shoe

Now that you have a better idea on whether your child has flat feet or not, let’s take a look at what features the orthotic inserts that I recommend provide.

Orthotics for Kids with Flat feet – 5 Important Features

 The orthotics that I recommend provide 5 features that help align your kid’s feet and legs, which is going to significantly reduce or fully eliminate your child’s foot and leg pain:

✅ Built-in arch: This feature prevents the child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards. The moderately heel cup provides extra ankle support, control, and comfort.

✅ The orthotic is designed to mold over time to fit each child’s unique foot.

✅ The orthotic is made of premium medical grade PU foam for kids with heel and arch support problems.

✅ The orthotic is also made of a new soft step material that drastically increases comfort.

✅ Antimicrobial technology prevents the buildup of bacteria inside your kids’ shoes.

I only write reviews of shoes and orthotics 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.

The Best Orthotic Inserts for Kids with Flat Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This orthotic insert has proven to be the most effective one in reducing and completely eliminating kids’ foot and leg pain due to flat feet. This first orthotic will fit children between the ages of 2 to 9, who wears a toddler shoe size 5 all the way up to a big kid shoe size 3:

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Below you can find the best orthotics for older kids, the size “XS” will fit children between a shoe size 3 1/2 to 6.

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The main reason why I recommend this orthotic is because it provides excellent arch and heel support, and at the same time is not as invasive as other orthotics. This mean that this orthotic allows the child’s foot and leg muscles to develop on their own while supporting them.

Don’t forget to remove the original insoles of the shoes before placing the orthotic inside the shoes. If you fit the orthotic on top of the original shoe insoles, then you will be raising your kids’ feet up, giving them the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes.

In order for your child to get the full benefits that this orthotic has to offer, you must fit them inside the correct pair of shoes. If you fit this orthotic in a pair of shoes that are too flimsy or too soft, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotics have to offer.

I will provide you with a selection of the best kids’ shoes for orthotics, but first let’s make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size. Take look at an article I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot length and whether the child has narrowmediumwide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.

The Best Kids’ Shoes for Orthotics ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 In order for the orthotic inserts to fit properly inside your kids’ shoes, the shoes must be supportive, deep, come with a round toe-box and a removable insole.

Below is a selection of the best shoes that I have fitted before with orthotic inserts. All of these shoe styles are available in different widths such as medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW), so please choose the shoe width accordingly and consider that orthotics that extra space inside the shoes.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

I always recommend shoelaces over velcro closure for children who need to wear orthotics inside their shoes. Shoelaces provide better support and stability, and help keep the orthotic in place better than shoes with velcro closure. Shoelaces also lock and support your kids’ heels.

There is actually a shoe tying method I use to tie shoes for children who wear orthotics. Go to the link below:

How To Tie Shoes With Orthotics- Stop Heel Slippage

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe for your child with flat feet. I have fitted dress shoes, sandals, and winter boots for children with flat feet so I will be able to show you the most supportive styles.

Have you found another orthotic that has worked well for your flat-footed child? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.


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