Do you have a child with flat feet that has been complaining about foot and leg pain? Did you know that there are certain shoe styles that will significantly reduce or fully eliminate your chid’s foot and leg pain?
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 flat feet and the best styles among those brands.
The picture below will help you visualize how the feet of a flat footed child look like. Does that picture look familiar?
Children with flat feet can experience severe pain in their feet, which may affect their posture and cause also pain in their legs and lower back. When children have flat feet, their feet collapse when they stand, which throws their whole body out of alignment and leads them to put pressure in parts of their body where they are not supposed to.
I have noticed throughout the years that something so simple such as providing your children with the correct pair of shoes will help strengthen and straighten your children’s feet and legs, allow them to walk straighter, improve their posture, and significantly reduce or fully eliminate the pain that they have been experiencing.
For example, let’s take a look at a picture of a child with flat feet wearing two different pair of shoes. The first picture shows a child wearing a pair of unsupportive shoes. Do you notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards? This throws the whole body out of alignment.
The second picture shows the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how the arch support and the heel support are preventing the child’s feet from collapsing and tuning inwards? This will allow your child to walk and run straighter.
Lately, parents tend to focus more on the price, how long the kids will wear the shoes and the most popular fashion trend. However, these parents should be more concerned about getting their children the correct shoe style and the correct shoe size.
Foot and leg pain is never normal, and if your child is complaining about foot and leg pain consistently, this might be a sign that your child has a foot condition such as flat feet. Flat feet are usually hereditary, that’s one of the parents has flat feet or has it running in the family gene.
Most parents make the common mistake of assuming that children with flat feet must wear orthotics. I always recommend trying a pair of supportive shoes first and check if the child’s feet look straighter and the pain reduces.
Before I show you selection of the best shoes for kids with flat feet, I want to first show you what features these shoes will provide and how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
The shoes I will describe below are available in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide, that way we can guarantee that the shoes will FIT the shape of your kids’ feet, no matter how narrow or wide they are.
Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet – The 3 Most Important Features!
Having flat feet will impact your kids’ everyday activities and affect their posture and bone growth in the long run. A good quality shoe must provide comfort, arch support, and a firm heel counter, which will enable your children to strengthen their muscles and move around with ease and comfort.
These are the 3 most important features that your kids’ shoes must provide if your child is flat footed:
✅ Substantial Sole: Supportive shoe that provide good arch support and shock absorption will help minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground. Always make sure that your child’s shoes come with a substantial sole that is not flat. Here is how the sole of your kids’ shoes should look like:
The picture below shows a picture a shoe style made by the same shoe brand but that is too flat and unsupportive for a child who has flat feet:
✅ Firm Heel Counter: The heel counter is the back part of the shoe that provides ankle and heel support. Sometimes children can experience heel or ankle pain from having rolled ankles, in addition to flat feet. Always make sure that the heel counter of your kids’ shoes feels sturdy.
Now let’s take a look at the difference between a shoe with a soft heel counter (first picture), and one with a firm heel counter (second picture).
✅ Lightweight and Flexible: We want the shoes to be supportive, but lightweight and flexible at the same time in order to prevent your kids’ feet from easily getting tired. Your kids’ shoes should always bend at the ball of the foot but no further. It’s important for your kids back to school shoes to be flexible but not too flexible otherwise they won’t provide enough support.
Here you can find a picture of a pair of shoes that provides the correct amount of flexibility:
The picture below shows a shoe style that is too flexible and won’t provide good support to your child’s feet:
I am always emphasizing to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides–if the shoes are not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that they have to offer.
If you get your children’s shoes too long or too wide, you will compromise your children’s stability and make them more prone to falling down. On the other side, providing your children with shoes that are too short or too narrow will impair the growth of your children’s feet and create all sorts of foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
There has been several cases when kids complain of foot and leg pain due to not wearing the correct shoe size.
Before you buy a pair of shoes for your kids online, you must be 100% sure that you know their exact foot size. To assist parents in determining their kids’ shoe size at home effectively and with ease, I created a video tutorial:
Children grow fast and will outgrow their shoes in a matter of months, and that is one of the reasons parents tend to buy shoes that are a little in the bigger side. There is nothing wrong with this, since we do want some growing room for your kids’ toes to freely move inside the shoe and don’t get cramped by the other toes or the side of the shoe. However, the amount of growing room is not the only factor you must consider when trying to provide your kids the correct shoe size.
Now that you know what features these shoe styles will provide and how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best shoes for kids with flat feet.
The Best Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made and supportive they are, and how they fit.
The shoes I recommend below all come with shoelaces instead of Velcro closure, since shoelaces will provide more support and stability to your child’s feet.
All of the shoe styles that I recommend will fit a child with narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet (as long as you choose the width accordingly).
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This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
All of these shoe styles are specifically manufactured to provide support to the foot since it comes with a built in arch and a high and well-padded heel. All of these shoe styles are also capable of accommodating an orthotic inside the shoe, since it is one of the deepest shoe that I have found.
These are some of the advantages that these shoe styles provide:
❤️ They promote healthy foot development.
❤️ They help improve posture.
❤️ They provide stability.
❤️ They help minimize the impact to your kids’ feet when they hit the ground.
❤️ They help prevent foot injuries.
While we are all always trying to economize, saving money by purchasing a pair of low quality shoes is just false economy. Investing in a pair of good supportive shoes will end up saving you a lot of time and money in the future.
If your child wears any of these shoe styles for 4 to 5 months and the pain has not been significantly reduced or fully eliminated, then your child might be a candidate for orthotics.
Orthotics for Kids with Flat Feet – Extra Support and Stability!
The correct typeof orthotics will help your children walk and run straighter, by aligning their feet and legs and reducing the stress that they are putting to their feet.
Do you know what an orthotic is?An orthotic is basically a shoe insert that is specifically designed to provide cushioning, support, stability, and relief pressure areas of the foot.
Orthotics are recommended for the following reasons:
✅ Excessive foot pain: Orthotics will help provide cushion and support to your kids’ feet to help reduce the pressure on the affected part.
✅ Flat feet: Orthotics will prevent your kids’ feet from collapsing and allow your child to walk and run straighter.
✅ Orthotics are recommended for kids that are very active in sports or high intense activities that induce pressure on the foot. They will help relieve some of the stress your kids are putting on their feet when they are running or playing at high intense levels.
✅ Rolled ankles: Orthotics are also recommended for strengthening and straightening your kids’ ankles.
While I can’t get into too much detail about the best orthotics for children in this article,I actually wrote an article where I describe the best orthotics for children with flat feet. Go to the link below:
If you happen to have a toddler who is flat footed and experiencing foot or leg pain, you need to go to another article I wrote called:
Please don’t ignore your kids’ feet and leg pain. Keeping your kids’ feet healthy is essential for the health of the whole body, and they are regarded as the foundation that holds the entire body.
Don’t forget to remind your children to stretch regularly, since that will help relieve some of the pain that they might be experiencing.
The problem of foot pain is how it is much harder to diagnose in kids as they may not necessarily know how to express the pain they are feeling. It is left to the parents to recognize discomfort in their kids and detect what is the cause of the pain.
In some countries, kid’s shoes are not categorized as fashion; rather they are placed in the health categories. This categorization is because; medical practitioners acknowledged that it is important that kids have the right kind of shoes that will ensure their healthy growth, posture and proper bone structure development.
Do you have a child with flat feet? Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well in improving your child’s posture and reducing or fully eliminating your child’s foot pain? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.