Reducing and Eliminating Your Child’s Foot Pain – Have Your Child’s Feet Evaluated in Less than 10 Minutes
Do you have a child that has been complaining about foot and leg pain? Have you taken your child to your pediatrician and been told to not worry since your child will eventually outgrow the pain? I have fitted certain children’s shoes that have proven to be the most effective ones in reducing and eliminating your child’s foot pain. Let’s find out what might be causing your child’s foot pain.
The Importance of Being Proactive!
I always recommend parents to be proactive and don’t take the “wait and see approach” when it comes to treating their children’s foot conditions. The earlier you start treating your child’s foot condition, the higher the chances that the condition won’t worsen with time.
I have helped hundreds of children with different foot conditions, and some of the most common ones 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’s foot problems arise when they have flat feet and when their feet and legs don’t align properly which is often referred to 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 foot 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 on parts of their body where they are not supposed to. This is what often leads to foot and leg pain.
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!
To 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 3 pictures of your child’s feet. The more pictures that you send me, the better. However, there are 3 main pictures that will help us get this process started to determine whether your child has flat feet, overpronation, rolled ankles, or any other type of foot condition.
1️⃣ The first image 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:
2️⃣ The second picture will help me determine whether your child is flat-footed or not, and this is an example of how the picture should look like:
3️⃣ The third picture will provide me with a general overview of your child’s feet:
These pictures will help me determine the degree of your child’s foot condition. Once you have the pictures ready, you can email them to my email address:
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.
Video to Determine Your Child’s Walking Gait
Watching your child walk will help me further determine whether your child is dealing with overpronation, toe walking, knocked knees. The video should show your child walking barefoot on a flat surface and here is an example of how your child’s video should look like:
How much support your child needs from the shoes and whether your child might need to wear a pair of orthotics as well depends 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.
Supportive Shoes for Kids – What a Difference the Shoes Make!
After I recommend to 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 standing barefoot 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?
This family 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 child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards?
After taking a look at a couple of different pictures of the child’s feet, 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 recommended.
Do you notice how 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 completely 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 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 into a pair of shoes that I recommended, the child’s feet look a lot straighter and the foot and leg pain disappeared.
As 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.
The Importance of Providing Your Child with the Correct Shoe Size!
Wearing supportive shoes and orthotics will be ineffective in treating and preventing your child’s foot conditions if your child wears the shoes in the wrong size. If you are unsure of your child’s foot length and foot shape please refer to the following article.
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 and rounder toe-boxes. If your child has narrow feet, you will have to find shoes with narrower toe-boxes and narrower heel counters.
Another factor that you must consider is that shoelaces 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.
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 advise 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.