Have your kids been experiencing foot and leg pain and been diagnosed with pronation? A pair of good supportive shoes might help with your kids pronation, but in certain cases a good supportive shoe will NOT be enough to reduce or fully eliminate your kids’ feet and leg pain.
If you have already tried a pair of good supportive shoes for your child that wears orthotics but he/she hasn’t improved the way they walk, then we must find a pair of good supportive orthotics. The right type of orthotic will help align your kids’ feet and legs, and reduce or fully eliminate the pain they have been experiencing.
Just so you know, pronation happens as your kids body weight is transferred from the heel to the forefoot when walking or running and the foot naturally rolls inwards. A certain degree of pronation is natural but in certain children the foot rolls in too much or over pronates. This makes them put pressure in areas of their feet and legs that they are not supposed to, leading to foot and leg pain.
I have been working for a specialized kids shoe store for over 8 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they FIT. The shoe store specializes in children’s with foot and leg problems. That is the reason why we carry only good, supportive shoes and orthotics. The orthotics that we carry have helped children reduce or fully eliminate the foot and leg pain they were experiencing.
Parents need to understand that foot and leg pain in children are never normal, and if your children have been complaining about pain lately, you should start by checking the shoes they are wearing. Did you know that the shoes that you choose for your kids can be a direct cause for foot and leg pain?
The shoes that you provide for your child must be supportive, lightweight, flexible, and most importantly, the CORRECT SIZE. Keeping your kids’ feet healthy starts by wearing the correct shoe size!
If your child has been diagnosed with pronation but you are not sure if he/she is wearing the correct type of shoes, start by reading a post I wrote where I describe the best shoes for kids with pronation:
In that post I also explain how to make sure if your child is pronating or not.
If you are a 100% sure that your children are wearing the correct type of shoes and the correct shoe size, but the foot and leg pain still persists, then it’s time to start looking for something with more substantial support such as an orthotic.
I have been fitting children in shoes and orthotics for over 8 years now, and I have seen the positive impact that the correct type of orthotic can provide to your child.
First of all, let’s understand what an orthotic is. An orthotic is a shoe insert that aims to provide cushioning, support, stability, and relief to pressure areas of the foot.
Choosing the correct type of orthotic for your child is not an easy thing to do, since there are all kind of orthotics such as soft, semi-rigid, or rigid.
In order for your child to get the full benefit of the orthotic it must provide the correct type of support, and it must be fitted properly with the correct type of shoes. The orthotics and the shoes work together when it comes to trying to reduce or fully eliminate the foot and leg pain that your child is experiencing.
So, if you provide your children with a pair of good, supportive orthotics but the shoes that they wear are too flimsy, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotics has to offer!
In this post, I will describe the best orthotics for pronation!
What Should You Do If Your Child Over Pronates?
Please keep in mind that we all have a certain degree of pronation, but when it’s visible and excessive that’s when the issue comes. Our children’s bodies are always growing and constantly changing. If you notice that there is a slight roll in your kids’ ankles, it doesn’t mean that you need to rush off to see a pediatrician or physical therapist. However, please be alert and watch out for pain, fatigue, clumsiness, and developmental delays. Those are all symptoms of over pronation!
If you notice that your child has any of these symptoms, start by taking them to your pediatrician or physical therapist. They will be able to lead you on to the next steps to take, which could be physical therapy, be fitted for an orthotic, or both!
What Are The Issues With Not Dealing With Pronation?
Once your child is diagnosed with pronation, it’s important that you act fast. The first step is to provide your child with a pair of good supportive shoes and orthotics, otherwise pronation will lead to the following foot issues:
- Foot rigidity
- Hammer toes
- Ankle sprain and foot instability
- Hammer toes and claw toes
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Back and hip pain
The most simple way to avoid all of those issues is to provide your child with the correct type of shoes and the correct type of orthotics.
Did you know that the biggest issue with pronation is that kids who pronate might be more inclined to sit rather than run and play due to that extra stress their feet and legs take?
This means that when our kids are walking or running longer distances they will experience foot and leg fatigue and they might refuse to participate in certain activities or sports.
This fatigue happens because your children’s muscles are working harder due to the body’s poor positioning. When our children pronate their feet collapses and this causes your child’s knees, hips, and back to shift out of alignment.
Let’s find the correct type of orthotics and NOT leave this issue untreated. Below I describe the best orthotics for pronation.
The Best Orthotics For Kids With Pronation – Learn The Secret!
The type of orthotic that we want to provide for a child with pronation must provide excellent arch and ankle support to provide cushion and support, since this will help redistribute your kids’ body weight more evenly.
I have fitted several orthotics for kids with pronation before, and I know which styles will be better because I have actually testing them by watching the child walk and run with them. There are certain types of orthotics that are biomechanically engineered to relieve over pronation, forefoot, heel, arch and leg pain, and these are the kind I will describe below.
Below you can find a selection of the best orthotics for pronation!
If you try these orthotics and FIT them properly and with the correct type of shoes, they will help align your kids’ body by helping them walk and run straighter! They will also reduce the stress your kids were putting in parts of their body where they were not supposed to.
It’s important to understand that your children won’t get the full benefits of the orthotic if you don’t provide them with the correct type of shoes. The shoes and the orthotics work together in trying to align your kids’ feet and legs.
There are certain features a shoe must provide in order to work well with an orthotic. For example, the shoes must be deep, supportive, but at the same time lightweight and flexible. It’s also important that the shoes provide a firm heel counter and excellent arch and ankle support.
In order to FIT an orthotic inside the shoes, they must come with a removable insole, otherwise you will be raising your children’ feet up, giving them the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoe every time they walk or run.
IMPORTANT TIP: Every time you fit an orthotic inside a shoe you must remove the original inner sole.
I don’t describe the best shoes for orthotics in this post, but I actually wrote an article where I describe which are the best types of shoes for a child that needs orthotics.
In that article you will learn everything you need to know about shoes that come with removable insoles and provide all the features mentioned above.
If your children are experiencing over pronation with foot and leg pain, you should strongly consider providing them with shoes that come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure.
The main reason for this is that shoes that come with shoe laces provide more support and more stability. I always recommend parents to take that extra time tying their kids shoes in order to provide them with more support and stability.
Do you have a child with pronation? Have you tried a particular orthotic that has worked well for his or her feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!