Do you have a child that has been diagnosed with hypermobility? Is your child experiencing muscle and joint pain that significantly intensifies at night?
Most doctors are hesitant to diagnose a child with hypermobility unless the child starts complaining about joint pain or fatigue. Taking early action is crucial in order to help treat this condition. Something so simple such as wearing the correct pair of shoes can make the world of difference.
If you have a child with hypermobility you will have limited options on the type of shoes your child can wear, since your kids’ shoes must have extra arch and ankle support.
There are only certain shoe styles that will help treat your child’s hypermobility, but the good news is that I will help you find them.
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.
I want to clarify that barefoot is not recommended for children with hypermobility. Children who have this condition have a harder time balancing, and when they go barefoot since their over-used muscle groups are further over-used, which often leads to foot, leg, and back pain. Hypermobile children should not be told to take their shoes off at their day care or school, since their physical capabilities will be impaired. Would you ask a child who wear glasses to take them off while performing a physical task?
Once hypermobile children are fitted in the correct pair of shoes, their balance and posture will improve considerably.
Kids are considered hypermobile if their joints move beyond the normal range of motion. The other two terms to refer to hypermobility are “loose-jointed” or “double-jointed”. It’s estimated that 10-15% of children have it.
In order to help treat hypermobility you will need to improve your child’s muscle tone and muscle strength.
Children who are hypermobile are likely to have impaired joint position sense, weak and rolled ankles, as well as flat feet. Take a look at the image below, does it look familiar? Do you notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and the ankles are rolling inwards?
Now let’s take a look at an image of the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how the child’s feet are not collapsing anymore? The substantial sole of the shoes and the firm heel counter are aligning the child’s feet. These are the type of shoes I will recommend shortly.
Let’s take a look at the most common symptoms of children with hypermobility:
- Your child complains about stiffness in the joints and muscles.
- Your child complains about his feet or legs feeling tired.
- Your child has visible signs of poor balance and coordination.
- Your child is reluctant to participate in sports.
The 3 most effective ways to help treat your child’s hypermobility are:
✅ Supportive Shoes
Children with hypermobility are more prone to experiencing foot and leg pain, as well as developing poor posture habits.
In order to treat your child’s hypermobility, you will need to help your child maintain good posture. This can be accomplished through exercises, but the correct type of shoes and orthotics are the most effective ways to improve your child’s posture. Providing your child with supportive shoes is an absolute must.
There are certain shoe styles that will provide targeted support in the arch and ankle, which will help strengthen and straighten your kids’ feet and legs.
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.
Before I show you a selection of the best shoes for kids with hypermobility, let me first show you what features these shoes provide. I will also show you how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
Shoes for Hypermobility – The 3 Most Important Features!
Your children’s shoes must provide the correct amount of support and they must also fit properly. These are the 3 most important features that your kids’ shoes must provide in order to help treat hypermobility and prevent foot and leg pain:
✅ Ankle/Heel Support: Shoes that provide targeted ankle support will prevent your child’s ankles form rolling inwards/outwards. In addition, shoes that provide good ankle support will minimize the impact that your kids’ ankles take when they come in contact with the ground, which will significantly reduce or fully eliminate your child’s ankle pain.
✅ Arch Support: This feature will prevent your child’s feet from collapsing, improving your child’s overall posture by helping your child walk and run straighter.
✅ Lightweight/Flexible: While we want the shoes to be supportive, we also need them to be lightweight and flexible at the same time. This will prevent your child’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.
I will provide you with a selection of shoes that provide those 3 important features, but please keep in mind that if you don’t provide your child with the correct shoe size, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always recommend parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local children’s’ shoe store, the issue is that most stores have been closing down and parents are confused about where to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes. Start by taking a look at a map I created where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to find a shoe store in your area, please proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
I want to point out that a higher priced shoes doesn’t automatically translate into a better shoe for your child. You might buy an expensive shoe assuming that it will be more effective in improving your child’s gait while in reality it might cause gait problems for your child. On the other hand, you can pay a small amount for a shoe and it might actually enhance your child’s gait. This is where I came into play, since I will provide you with a selection of shoes that have proven to be the most effective ones in treating children with hypermobility.
The cost and the brand of the shoes are not relevant factors. Within brands, you will find shoe styles that vary considerably in characteristics. Even among the same shoe brand there are certain styles that will provide better support than others.
Now that you know what features your kids’ shoes must 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 hypermobility.
The Best Shoes for Kids with Hypermobility ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to be able to tell how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide and how they fit.
Here you can find a selection of the best shoes for kids with hypermobility. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations:
These shoes provide all of the features I mentioned above.
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, meaning that you will need to order a half a size longer of your child’s foot size in order to allow for growing room. As a standard rule we always want 3/8 of an inch of space between your kid’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.
Please limit the wear of other type of unsupportive footwear such as boots or sandals. If you are looking for a pair of sandals for your child with hypermobility, there are certain styles that will provide more support and stability than others. Go to the link below:
Kindly let me know if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child with hypermobility, it’s highly likely that I have fitted it before and I will help you find it.
Have you tried any of the shoe styles that I recommend?Is there any other shoe style that has been effective in treating your child’s hypermobility? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.