Do you have a child that has been complaining about foot and leg pain? Have you taken your child to your pediatrician and were told to not worry since your child will eventually outgrow the pain?
I always recommend parents to be proactive and don’t take the “wait and see approach” when it comes to treating their child foot conditions. The earlier you start treating your child’s foot conditions, the higher the chances that the conditions won’t worsen with time.
I have helped hundreds of children with different foot conditions, and some of the most common are:
- Flat Feet
- Rolled Ankles
- Low Muscle Tone
- Sever’s Disease
Do you know what all of these foot conditions have in common? They can be treated and prevented by providing children with the correct pair of shoes. There will be certain cases in which the child might need to wear an orthotic in addition to supportive shoes.
Most children foot problems arise when they have flat feet and when their feet and legs don’t align properly which is often referred as in-toeing or out-toeing. When children are growing, the normal development of the pelvis and the spine will suffer if there is a foot imbalance.
Let me show you how the feet of a flat-footed child look like when they come in contact with the ground. Let’s take a look at a picture of a flat footed child walking to school, do you notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards as soon as they come in contact with the ground?
When children feel collapse, their child’s whole body gets thrown out of alignment, which leads them to put pressure in parts of their body where they are not supposed to. This is what often leads to foot and leg pain.
Supportive Shoes for Kids – What a Difference the Shoes Make!
I know which shoe styles and orthotics are more effective in treating those common foot conditions from having fitted and tested them before. I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This experience has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience fitting thousands of kids, I have become familiar with the best shoe brands for children with foot problems and the best styles among those brands.
How much support your child needs from the shoes and whether your child might need to wear a pair of orthotics as well will depend on the degree of your child’s foot condition.
I get contacted by parents from all over the world who want to know whether their child has flat feet, overpronation, rolled ankles, or any other type of foot condition. These parents usually send me videos and pictures of their children’s feet barefoot and wearing shoes, that way I can provide them with a better evaluation of their child’s feet.
After I recommend families which shoes they need to provide for their children, we end up comparing how the child’s feet look before and after wearing supportive shoes and orthotics. Let me give you an example.
The image below is from a flat-footed child who was experiencing foot and leg pain from wearing shoes that didn’t provide the correct amount of support. Do you notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards?
Now, this family also sent me a picture of the shoes that the child was currently wearing. Do you notice how the shoes are being ineffective in preventing the chid’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards?
After taking a look at a couple of different pictures of the child’s feet and watching videos of the child walking, I was able to recommend a pair of supportive shoes. Let’s take a look at how the child’s feet look when fitted in the pair of shoes that I recommend.
Do you notice how much straighter the child’s feet are? After wearing the shoes for 2 weeks the pain was significantly reduced, and after wearing the shoes for a whole month the pain was completed eliminated.
In this particular case the child just needed a pair of supportive shoes, but in certain cases the child might need a pair of orthotics as well, depending on the degree of the child’s flat feet and pronation.
I can provide you with several other examples of flat-footed children that were experiencing overpronation and rolled ankles who were able to improve their walking gait and posture by wearing supportive shoes.
In the case below you can notice how the child’s feet are turning inwards considerably, and the child kept experiencing foot and leg pain at night and during the day.
After the child was fitted in a pair of shoes that I recommended, the child’s feet look a lot straighter and the foot and leg pain disappeared.
The Importance of Providing Your Child with the Correct Shoe Size!
Wearing supportive shoes and orthotics will be infective in treating and preventing your child’s foot conditions if your child wears the shoes in the wrong size.
Your child might have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet, and your child’s foot shape determines and limits you on what type of shoes your child can wear. For example, if your child has extra wide feet, you will need to find shoes that provide extra depth, round toe-box, and are labeled as extra wide. If your child has narrow feet, you will have to find shoes that are able to accommodate the shape of your child’s narrow feet.
Another factor that you must consider is that shoelaces will always provide better support and stability compared to Velcro closure. The main reason for this is that shoelaces will hug your child’s feet better, eliminate any gap around the ankles, allowing your child to get the full benefits that the shoes and orthotics have to offer.
Evaluating Your Child’s Feet – In Less than 10 Minutes!
If you need to have your child’s feet evaluated, you came to the right place!
Like I mentioned before, depending on the degree of your child’s flat feet and pronation your child might need a pair of orthotics in addition to supportive sneakers. The only way I can determine this is by taking a look at your child’s feet either through pictures or video recording.
In order t have your child’s feet evaluated and determine what type of shoes and/or orthotics your child needs, I would have to take a look at a couple of pictures of your child’s feet. The more pictures that you send me, the better. However, there are 2 main pictures that will help us get this process started to determine whether your chid has flat feet, overpronation, rolled ankles, or any other type of foot condition.
The first picture should be taken from behind and the child should be standing on a flat surface (not carpet). This is an example of how the image should look like:
The second picture should be of your child’s feet wearing his/her current shoes, and this is an example of how the picture should look like:
This is a good starting point and will help me determine what type of shoes and/or orthotics your child needs to wear. However, if you can send me videos of your child’s feet walking barefoot on a flat surface that would help me determine the degree of pronation/overpronation that your child might have.
The video should show your child walking barefoot a flat surface and here is an example of how your child’s video should look like:
Taking these 2 pictures and recording the video of your child walking barefoot shouldn’t take you more than 5 to 10 minutes. Once I have that information I would get back to you in less than 24 hours.
The second way I can evaluate your child’s feet and recommend specific shoe/orthotics is by having an Skype session. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a time that works for both of us to watch your child’s feet and evaluate your child’s walking gait.
I have helped hundreds of families from all over the world find the correct pair of shoes and orthotics to help treat and prevent their child’s foot conditions, and I can help your family too.
I want you to make me a promise. As soon as your child starts complaining about foot and leg pain, I want you to be proactive and find a solution to significantly reduce or completely eliminate the pain. I know how several pediatricians advice parents to take the “wait and see approach”, with the assumption that the child will outgrow the pain as the child gets older. If you leave your child’s foot problems untreated, they can result in poor biomechanics and accelerated degenerative changes in the knees, hips, and spine as your child starts getting older.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style to accommodate the shape of your child’s feet, it’s highly likely that I have fitted it before, and I will help you find it.