Has your child been complaining about foot and leg pain? Have you been looking for a pair of orthotics for your child with flat feet?
When children have flat feet their feet collapse, which throws their whole body out of alignment and leads them to put pressure in parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to. This usually leads to foot and leg pain.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store 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.
Let’s take a look at a picture of a flat-footed child. Does it look familiar? Notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards:
The correct type of orthotic inserts will help align your kids’ feet, preventing your child’s feet from collapsing and helping your child walk and run straighter.
Let me prove this 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 on 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, since 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?
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.
I will provide you with a selection of the best orthotic inserts for kids with flat feet, but first I want to show you how you can figure out if your child is actually flat-footed or not and what features these orthotics will provide to your child’s feet.
Is Your Child Flat Footed? – Let’s Find Out!
I have helped hundreds of flat-footed children 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 ❤️
Let me show you a couple of images that will help you visualize better whether your child is flat-footed or not.
This first image shows a child that is flat- footed. Do you notice how the child’s feet are turning inwards since there is no arch preventing the feet from collapsing?
Now let’s take a look at how a foot with a regular arch looks like. Do you notice how the arch prevents the feet from turning inwards and collapsing?
Second Method ❤️
The other simple way to tell if your child is flat-footed or not is to check the shoes your child has been wearing for at least the last 3 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 with versus a new shoe.
In the picture below 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.
Now let’s take a look at how a new shoe actually looks like. Do you notice how much straighter the shoe is?
By now you should be 100% sure whether your child has flat feet or not.
Now let’s take a look at what features the orthotic inserts that I will describe below will provide to your child’s feet and legs.
Orthotics for Kids with Flat feet – 5 Important Features
These 5 features will help align your kid’s feet and legs and significantly reduce or fully eliminate your child’s foot and leg pain:
❤️ The orthotic inserts comes with a built-in arch that accommodates most foot types and will prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards or outwards. 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.
Now that you know what features these orthotic inserts will provide to your child’s feet, you are ready to take a look at the best orthotic inserts for kids with flat feet.
The Best Orthotic Inserts for Kids with Flat Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
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. Here you can find the best orthotics for children between the ages of 4 to 9 years old or shoe size 11 to 3.
Here you can find the best orthotics for older kids, the size “XS” will fit children between a shoe size 3 1/2 to 6.
Please keep in mind that in order for these orthotic inserts to fit properly inside your kids’ shoes, you must remove the original insole of the shoes first. If you fit the orthotic on top of the original insole of the shoes, then you will be raising your kids’ feet up, which will give your kids the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes.
In addition, you will also notice red marks on the top of your child’s feet (instep), since your child’s instep will rub against the top of the shoes.
In order for your child to get the full benefits that this orthotic inserts has to offer, you must fit them in the correct pair of shoes. If you fit the orthotics in a pair of shoes that are too flimsy and 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. If you already know your child’s foot size, you can skip the next step. However, if you are not 100% sure of your child’s foot size take 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:
Now let’s take a look at a selection of the best kid’s shoes for orthotic inserts.
The Best Kids’ Shoes for Orthotics ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Like I mentioned before 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.
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.
Here 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, wide, and extra wide, so please choose the shoe width accordingly and consider that orthotics that a look of room inside the shoes.
This selection of shoes fits “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
I always recommend shoelaces over Velcro closure if the child needs an orthotic insert to be fitted inside the shoes. Shoelaces always provide more support and stability, and they will help keep the orthotic in place better than Velcro closure. Shoelaces will also lock and support your kids’ heels better.
There is actually a shoe tying method I use to tie shoes for children who wear orthotics. Go to the link below:
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.