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

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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on February 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best orthotic inserts for kids with flat feet.

Has your child been complaining about foot and leg pain? Has your child been diagnosed with flat feet? There are certain types of orthotic inserts for kids with flat feet that are effective in realigning the child’s feet and improving the child’s walking gait and overall posture.

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. Does this image look familiar?

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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!

What a Difference These Orthotic Inserts Can Make!

BEFORE IMAGE

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

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AFTER IMAGE

Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child standing in a pair of the orthotic inserts that I recommend. 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 might lead to an improvement in the child’s walking gait and overall posture.

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BEFORE IMAGE

Let’s take a look at another example of a different flat footed child standing barefoot and then standing on a pair of the orthotics that I recommend.

AFTER IMAGE

Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child standing in a pair of the orthotic inserts that I recommend. Do you notice how the child’s feet are a lot straighter? The orthotics are helping improve the child’s foot posture by preventing the child’s feet from collapsing.

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My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes and Orthotics

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now that focuses on helping 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. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes and orthotics for kids with flat feet.

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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.

What Makes the Orthotics that I Recommend Effective for Kids with Flat Feet?

☑️ Deep Heel Cup: When a child has flat feet you don’t only support the arch, you mechanically support the pieces of the foot that causes the foot to be flat, such as the heels. The orthotics that I recommend provide deep heel cups with targeted support right below the heels. Take a look at the images below for better visualization purposes:

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☑️ Built-In Arch: The orthotics that I recommend can also help align your child’s feet and prevent foot imbalances that might lead to your child putting extra tension along the plantar fascia. Take a look at the images below for better visualization purposes:

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The orthotics that I recommend have proven to be the most effective ones in reducing and completely eliminating kids’ foot and leg pain due to flat feet.

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

Mild Cases of Flat Feet

This orthotic/insole works best for children who don’t have any foot or leg pain and their feet turn inward slightly instead of pointing straight ahead.

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

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✅ Built-in arch: This feature prevents the child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards. The moderate 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.

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

You will have to remove the original insoles of your child’s shoes before placing this orthotic inside the shoes. If you fit the orthotic on top of the original shoe insoles, then you will be raising your kids’ feet, giving them the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes.

Moderate or Strong Cases of Flat Feet

This orthotic works best for children with clear signs of poor walking habits. In cases of moderate or strong pronation the child’s feet turn inwards considerably and the child might complain about foot or leg pain.

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✅ Deep heel cup that helps control the alignment of the heel and lower leg.

✅ Medial and lateral flanges to help keep the foot aligned over the orthotic.

✅ This orthotic mechanically supports the pieces of the foot that causes the foot to be flat such as the heels.

You won’t have to remove the original insoles of your kids’ shoes when fitting this orthotic inside your kids’ shoes.

For your child to get the full benefits that these orthotics have to offer, you must fit them inside the correct pair of shoes. If you fit these orthotics 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.

The Importance of Providing Your Child with the Correct Types of Shoes!

Your kids’ shoes also play a key role in helping straighten your 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 full benefits that the orthotics have to offer.

AFTER IMAGE

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? Wow! What a difference the correct types of shoes can make!

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

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.

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

How to Order the Correct Shoe Size Online?

If you are unsure of your child’s foot shape and length, I suggest that you take a look at the resource below:

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 narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Do not 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:

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How to Figure Out if Your is Child Flat-Footed? – Find Out in 2 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 the Side

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.

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☑️ 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 on that area of the shoe.

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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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