Do you have a child that has been diagnosed with hypermobility? Have you been wondering what type of shoes your child should wear during the summer season?
Most doctors are hesitant to diagnose a child with hypermobility until the child starts complaining about joint pain or fatigue. Taking early action is crucial in order to help treat this condition, and something so simple such as wearing the correct pair of shoes can make the world of difference. If your child has been diagnosed with hypermobility and is experiencing foot and leg pain, you will have to find shoes that provide good support.
Hypermobility is believed to be hereditary. Some children are simply born with extra soft and flexible joints. Did you know that it is estimated that 15% of all children are hypermobile?
In simple words, when children have hypermobility, their muscles have to work harder to maintain balance, which often leads to foot and let pain. If your child has been diagnosed with hypermobility, don’t panic, please know that it will get better.
Children with hypermobility are often flat footed, have rolled ankles, and overpronate. Hypermobility may cause your kids’ feet and ankles to roll in, given an excessively flat-footed appearance. This leads to your child’s feet to collapse, throwing your whole child’s body out of alignment.
Take a look at the image below. Does it look familiar?
Your child might be already wearing a pair of supportive shoes and orthotics, but I am here to help you find a pair of summer sandals that will provide good support to your child’s feet. The correct type of sandals will help improve your child’s posture and prevent foot and leg pain. The issue is that there is only a small selection of sandals that provide the correct amount of support.
I want to clarify that you should never fit your children’s orthotics inside their sandals. Even if you are able to find a sandal that can accommodate your child’s orthotic, the orthotic won’t do any good if fitted in a pair of sandals. Orthotics only work in shoes that provide good arch and ankle support, and while certain sandals do provide good arch support, they lack a heel counter, which is the back part of the shoes that provides ankle support.
I have found a particular sandal style that has proven to be the most effective one in treating children with hypermobility. This sandal comes with a substantial sole, and an anatomical foot-bed with an internal support mechanism to reduce the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.
Another awesome feature that this sandal provides is that it comes well-padded around the ankle area, which will help cushion your child’s ankles and prevent heel pain.
A lot of children with hypermobility have to deal with overly-flexible ankle joints that roll spontaneously, leading to a lot of twisted ankles and making your child more prone to falling down. This is why it’s so important to keep your kids’ ankles supported.
Another important feature that your kids’ sandals need to provide is extra depth. This feature will allow your child’s feet to fit comfortably inside the sandals, and prevent the top part of your child’s feet from rubbing against the top part of the sandals.
We need to avoid sandals that are too flat or unsupportive, since this will make your child more prone to falling down and experience foot and leg pain.
Please note that children with hypermobile joints don’t need as much growing room. If you leave too much growing room in your kids’ shoes, your child won’t get the full support that the shoes have to offer and you will also be compromising your child’s stability.
I know exactly which sandal style will work best for your child with hypermobility from having fitted that sandal 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 hypermobility and the best styles among those brands.
The sandals I will describe below will help strengthen your kids’ feet and help them with their stability as well. Before I show you a selection of the best sandals for hypermobility, I want to first show you what features these sandals provide.
Sandals for Hypermobility – The 5 Most Important Features!
There are 5 key features that your kids’ sandals must provide in order to keep your kids’ feet supported and healthy:
✅ Substantial Sole: This feature will cushion and support your kids’ feet, and minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground. The sandals I will describe below provide an anatomical foot-bed with a built-in arch support. This feature will prevent your kid’s feet from collapsing and rolling inwards or outwards.
✅ Extra Heel Support: These sandal will provide extra padding around your child’s heels, which will prevent your child from developing heel pain.
✅ Lightweight and Flexible:The sandals must be supportive but lightweight and flexible in order to prevent your child’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.
✅ Traction:This feature will prevent your child from slipping and falling down, especially when walking on wet, slippery surfaces.
✅ Secure Closure:The sandals will come with a Velcro strap and a toggle lace in order to provide maximum stability to your child’s feet. Make sure that your child pulls the Velcro closure strap tightly, in order to get the full support that the sandal has to offer.
Now that you know what features these sandals provide, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best sandals for hypermobility.
The Best Sandals for Hypermobility ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
The Keen Newport is one of the most popular Keen styles and my to-go one for children who require extra support from their sandals. This style comes with a substantial sole that will cushion and protect your kids’ feet. Here you can find a selection of the best sandals for hypermobility. By clicking on the image you will be able to see all the different color styles that these sandals are available in.
This sandal style will fit children with medium or wide feet only. If your child happens to have narrow feet please contact me directly and I will be able to recommend a different sandal style: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember that you should not provide your child with hypermobility with a lot of growing room. I understand that most parents might be tempted to leave a good amount of growing room, especially with seasonal footwear. It’s okay to leave some growing room so your child can wear the sandal for the whole summer, but please make sure you don’t leave excessive room since this can lead to compromising your child’s stability.
Keen sandals don’t come in half sizes, they come in whole sizes only. This particular style that I recommend for children with hypermobility fits “long”. Let me show you a couple of different scenarios that will help you realize what sandal size to get for your child:
If your child measures a foot size 5, you will order the same size 5 and your child will still get the correct amount of growing room (since the sandals fit long).
If your child measures a foot size 5 ½, you will order the size 6 and your child will get the correct amount of growing room.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their kids’ feet and find shoes accordingly. If you don’t have a local kids’ shoe store in your area, start by reading an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home. Go to the link below:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are unsure about what sandal size to get for your child.
If you happen to need an every day pair of sneakers for your child with hypermobility, take a look at another article I wrote where I describe the best shoes for kids with hypermobility. Go to the link below:
Now that you know what are the best sandals for hypermobility, you are ready to keep your child’s feet healthy during the summer.
Have you tried this sandal style before? Has it been effective in supporting and treating your child’s foot and leg pain? Please share your thoughts below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.