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The Best Shoes for Kids with Hypermobility – Extra Arch and Ankle Support!

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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, because something so simple such as providing your child with 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 the shoes must provide extra arch and ankle support.

There are only certain shoes that help treat 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 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 usually 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:

✅ Exercises

✅ Supportive Shoes

✅ Orthotics

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 overall posture. Providing your child with supportive shoes is an absolute must.

There are certain shoes that provide targeted support in the arch and ankle, which 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.

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What Makes the Shoes I Recommend so Effective for Hypermobility?

Your children’s shoes must provide the correct amount of support and they must also fit properly. These are the 3 key features that the shoes I recommend provide that make them the most effective ones for treating hypermobility and preventing foot and leg pain:

✅ Ankle/Heel Support: Shoes that provide targeted ankle support help prevent your child’s ankles form rolling inwards/outwards. In addition, shoes that provide good ankle support help minimize the impact that your kids’ ankles take when they come in contact with the ground. This helps significantly reduce or fully eliminate your child’s ankle pain.

✅ Arch Support: This feature helpsprevent 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.

Now that you know what features the shoes I recommend provide you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best shoes for kids with hypermobility.

Keep in mind that I only review shoes that I have fitted before, as 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.

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Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for kids with hypermobility. These shoes are capable of fitting children with medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW) feet. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’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 provide better support and stability than others. Go to the link below:

Sandals for Hypermobility – Extra Arch and Heel Support!

In order for your child to get the full benefits that the shoes have to offer, you need to make sure that you provide your child with the correct shoe size.

Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Let’s Find Out!

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:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

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 I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

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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 posture or walking gait, while in reality it might make the condition worse. On the other hand, you can pay a small amount for a shoe and it might actually enhance your child’s walking gait. This is where I came into play, since I know which shoes 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.

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 can help you find it.

Have you tried any of the shoes 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.

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2 Comments on The Best Shoes for Kids with Hypermobility – Extra Arch and Ankle Support!

  1. My daughter likely has EDS Hypermobility. Her ankles roll inwards and she has knocked knees. She just started kindergarten and is required to wear Mary Janes, Oxford, or T-Strap shoes with her uniform. Please help if you have any recommendations.

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