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Orthotics for Kids with Knock Knees – Let’s Improve your Kids’ Posture!


Do you have a child with knock knees and been looking to improve your child’s posture? Did you know that orthotics can reduce or fully eliminate foot and leg pain and improve your child’s posture by helping your child walk and run straighter?

If your child has been diagnosed with knock knees and you have been looking for the perfect pair of shoes and orthotics, I will help you find them.

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.

Let me first start by clarifying what this condition is:  Knock knees which is scientifically known as Genu Valcum is a condition where the two knees touch each other while standing straight. It’ important to understand that knock knees are opposite of bow legs, as in the case of bow legs, the knees are far away from each other.

If you are unsure whether your child has knock knees or not, I recommend that you have your child stand up straight — make sure that he/she is looking straight ahead — and check if the knees are touching each other. Take a look at the image below to visualize how a child with knock knees look like:

The condition usually becomes apparent when a child is 2 to 3 years old, and it may increase in severity until about age 4.

While for younger kids knock knees are just a normal part of growing up, I strongly recommend parents to not leave this condition untreated, as it can lead to complications in the future such as foot, leg, and back pain.

The issue is that there are only a few orthotics that are effective in helping straighten your kids’ feet and legs. The good news is that I know exactly which orthotics are most effective in treating knock knees as I have fitted them before.

Something so simple such as providing your child with the correct pair of shoes and orthotics can have a huge impact in the way your child walks and runs.

The orthotic that I recommend helps children walk and run straighter while allowing the child’s foot muscles to develop on their own, but if your child has a severe case of knock knees then you must try a different orthotic such as an ankle brace orthotic.

I will provide you with a selection of the best orthotics for kids with knock knees shortly, but first let me first show you which are the features that these orthotics provide to your child’s feet and legs.

Orthotics for Knock Knees – The 4 Most Important Features!

These are the 4 most important features that the orthotics I recommend below provide:

✅ Arch Support: Most children that have knock knees tend to be flat footed. You will notice how the orthotic will have a visible bump where the arch of your kids’ foot is supposed to sit. This will prevent your child’s foot from collapsing every time it comes in contact with the floor, and this is the first step in start aligning your kids’ feet and legs.

Let’s take a look at a different picture of a flat-footed child and notice 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 are?


Let’s see what happens when we fit the same child in a pair of good supportive shoes with the orthotics. Do you notice how straighter the feet and legs are?

✅ Ankle Support: Rolled ankles — this means that the ankles turn inwards — can throw your child’s whole body out of alignment. You will notice how the orthotics I recommend come with a heel cup on the back. This is where the ankle of your child’s feet is supposed to sit. Certain children have “rolled ankles” which means that the bone of the ankle (which is supposed to be straight), turns inwards or outwards. This is fully correctable if the orthotic is fitted with the correct pair of shoes.

✅ Breathable: The orthotic is breathable in order to prevent bacteria from building up inside the shoes

✅ Molds to your kids’ foot shape: This orthotic is designed to mold over time to fit each child’s unique foot, it’s made of premium medical grade PU foam for kids with heel and arch support problems, and also made of a new soft step material that drastically increases comfort.

The Best Orthotics for Kids with Knock Knees ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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 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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Now that you know which are the best orthotic for kids with knock knees, you need to find a pair of supportive shoes that will accommodate the orthotic.

The shoes and orthotics work together in helping your child walk and run straighter. If you fit a pair of orthotics in a pair of unsupportive shoes, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer and vice versa.

If you already have shoes at home, please make sure that they provide these 3 following features:

✅ Substantial Sole: The shoes must provide a substantial sole to hold the orthotic in place and reduce the impact that your child’s feet take every time they come in contact with the ground. Below you can see the difference between a shoe with a substantial sole versus a shoe with a sole that is too thin and doesn’t provide the correct amount of support:

✅ Firm Heel Counter: The shoes must come with a firm heel counter that will provide ankle support and work with the orthotic in reducing the impact that your child’s heels take every time they come in contact with the ground. A firm heel counter will also help straighten your child’s ankles. Let me show you the difference between a shoe that provides a firm heel counter versus one that doesn’t:

✅ Extra Depth: This is one of the most important features that the shoes must provide in order to work with an orthotic. Shoes that provide extra depth allow for the orthotic to sit deeply inside the shoes, which helps prevent giving your children the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes. If the shoes are not deep enough, the top of your child’s feet (instep) will rub against the top part of the shoes. Let me show you the difference between a pair of shoes that is deep versus one that is not.

Both of these shoes have an orthotic fitted inside of them for better visualization purposes. Do you notice how in the New Balance shoe style (image on the right) the orthotic is sitting down deeply while in the Asics shoe style (image on the left) the orthotic is further up?

I have put together a selection of kids’ shoes that provide all of these features in case you also need to provide your child with a pair of supportive shoes.

Please remember 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.

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

Below you can find a selection of the best kids’ shoes for orthotics. These shoes are available in different widths such as medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW).

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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.

You probably notice how all of these shoe come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure. The main reason for this is that shoelaces provide better support and stability to your child and also make the orthotics fit better inside the shoes.

Please note that the orthotic that I recommend works for mild cases of children with knock knees. If your child has a more severe case, then you will need to have your child fitted for an ankle brace orthotic. Fitting an ankle brace is very different from fitting an orthotic, and is not an easy task to do, but if you must do it from your house please reach out to me and I will show you exactly how to do it: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

Have you tried a particular orthotic that has worked well for your child with knock knees? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.


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4 Comments on Orthotics for Kids with Knock Knees – Let’s Improve your Kids’ Posture!

  1. Please I am in serious need of Orthotics for Kids with Knock Knees. He has been diagnosed, he has a knock knee because he is deficient of Vitamin as he is Lactose Intolerant.

    I need the orthotic shoe for my son ( he is 3 years and 10 months, will be 4 by June 6, 2020).

    Please contact me on how to get it or do you have stores/affiliates in Nigeria.

    Please treat as utmost priority.

    Thank you so much for your help.

    • Hello Mr. Olowookere –

      Before I can recommend a pair of orthotics for your child, I need to know what degree of knock knees he is dealing with. Please send me pictures of your son’s feet and legs to this email address: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

      The orthotic I recommend in the article is available through Amazon, but it will help treat mild to moderate cases of knock knees.I recommend that you send me pictures so I can send you a specific orthotic recommendation in case he has a severe case of knock knees.

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