Has your child been complaining that his or her feet and legs have been hurting? Have you noticed your child walking and running differently?
I have been working at a children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, where we specialize in children with foot and leg problems. I handle 200 fitting and try-ons per week, and I am familiar with which shoe styles provide more support than others. I will shoe you a selection of shoes that will help relieve or completely eliminate the foot and leg pain that your child is experiencing.
For the last three years I have been helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their children.
Foot and leg pain in children are NOT common and you shouldn’t ignore the pain. If your kids are complaining about foot or leg pain, START by checking if the shoes that they are wearing are supportive and the correct size.
Another reason why children experience foot pain is due to having flat feet.
How Can you Tell if Your Child is Flat Footed?
Take a look at the picture below, does it look familiar? If you notice that when your kids stand their feet collapse, then it’s very likely that your kids are flat footed.
Another way to tell if your child is flat footed is to take a look at the shoes they are currently wearing. If you notice the shoes tilting inwards, then it means that your child has been pronating most likely due to having flat feet.
Take a look at the picture below for clarification. Do you notice how the shoe is turning inwards?
I have helped hundreds of children with flat feet and this condition is more common than you think. It is a fact that having flat feet is hereditary. This means that if you have flat feet, it is very likely that your children will too. The key is to not let sore, flat feet impact your child’s everyday activities.
The good news is that there are certain shoe styles that will provide arch support and prevent your child’s feet from collapsing. There is only a small selection of kids’ shoes that will provide arch and ankle support to your kids’ feet, and I will HELP YOU find them.
A pair of good supportive shoes with arch support might be all that your child needs in order to prevent his/her feet from pronating.
Let me prove it to you…
Let’s take a look at a picture of a child that is flat footed wearing a pair of shoes that DON’t provide arch support. Do you notice how her feet are turning inwards?
Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child wearing a pair of shoes with good arch support. Do you notice how much straighter her feet are?
Did you know that most kids might not be mature enough to recognize and express that a foot condition is developing until the pain becomes intolerable and thus may not receive a diagnosis as early as they should?
This is why it’s so important to keep a close eye on your child’s feet and always provide them with supportive shoes.
Wearing a shoe with a firm heel counter and good arch support can help your child realign his or her body posture as well as strengthen the muscles, from the leg to the back of the shoulders.
Children with flat feet MUST wear good supportive shoes, especially if their feet or legs hurt. Depending on the amount of pain your kids’ are experiencing, they might need an orthotic inside their shoes. BUT, the first step is to start with good quality and supportive shoes that offer arch support.
I will show you a selection of the best shoes with arch support, but first let’s get familiar with what features that the shoes must provide and how you can make sure you provide your child with the correct shoe size.
Supportive Shoes for Kids – The Features!
Just like their parents, children need good shoes that provide good arch and ankle support, and that absorb shock to reduce the impact that their feet and legs take when they come in contact with the ground.
Buying quality shoes for your child doesn’t mean paying more for the shoes! In fact, most quality shoes cost the same or sometimes even less than non-supportive shoes. You just need to identify which ones they are.
In order to know the difference between high quality shoes and non-supportive shoes, we must know what features a good quality shoe provides. A good quality shoes has:
- A built-in arch: This feature will prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and pronating.
- A firm heel counter: This will provide ankle support.
- A thick, durable sole: This will reduce the impact between your kids’ feet and the ground.
Getting a pair of good quality, supportive shoes for your child will assure proper growth and foot development. Supportive shoes are required for every child not just those with specific foot problems.
Did you know that in Europe children’s shoes are viewed as a “health products” rather than fashion items? Therefore shoes are made to comply with the highest quality standards imposed by European manufacturing. Furthermore, European parents buy only high quality shoes for their children, and as a result a great majority of their children grow up without any foot problems or posture defects.
Let’s take a look at what supportive shoes can provide for your child:
- Help correctly develop your kids feet, ankles and joints.
- Improve your kids posture.
- Help your kids walk straighter.
- Prevent your kids from toe walking.
- Minimize the impact on your kids’ feet and legs when they are playing high intense activities.
- Help maintain balance.
- Reduce muscle strain and fatigue.
Did you know that most foot problems are a result of shoes that have little to non-existent support?
I will ask you to do the following exercise: Pick up a pair of your kids’ shoes, feel the inside of the shoe where the arch support is supposed to be, and tell me what you feel. I can guarantee you that in most cases you will not feel anything, just a flat sole!!!
I also would like you to press on the heel counter of the shoe and check if it feels soft or hard. A firm heel counter is what provides your child with ankle support, helps with lateral movement, and prevent injuries! The picture below shows where the heel counter of the shoe is:
The great majority of shoes have flat insoles and flabby heel counters and don’t offer proper support for your kids’ feet. Shoe companies don’t want to invest in the part of the shoe that the consumer can’t see!
I will describe the best shoes with arch support for kids’ below. However, I always recommend that parents to take their children to their local shoe store, where a shoe fitter will be able to find the perfect pair of shoes for them.
One of the greatest challenges parents have is finding the correct pair of shoes for their kids. I want to start off by saying that it doesn’t matter how much arch support a particular shoe style provides, if you don’t get the correct shoe size for your kids, then they will not get the full benefits that the shoe have to offer.
You should START by reading an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to provide your child with the correct shoe size:
Most parents don’t realize that their kids have wide feet, and by getting shoes that are too narrow, too short, or too big they are contributing to foot and leg pain. Always make sure that the shoes are wide enough to allow for natural toe spread and healthy foot development!
The Best Shoes with Arch Support ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Now that you know which features the shoes must provide and how to make sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size, you are ready to take a look at the most supportive shoes for kids that have flat feet:.
Please keep in mind that I always recommend shoes that come with shoelaces instead of Velcro closure, since shoelaces will provide more support and stability to your kids’ feet.
The shoes below will fit a child with narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
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 foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
I have fitted all of the shoes that I recommend above and I am aware of the quality and support they will provide for your child, and how they FIT.
Did you know that children’s feet suffer about 3 times more stress than average adult feet? Kids are involved in a lot more high intense activity levels and high impact activities than adults. This is the reason why children should wear good supportive shoes with good shock absorption, to reduce the high impact to their knees and feet!
The United States is being flooded with cheap shoes made in China, and it is important to know which shoe styles provide more support in order to provide our children with good, quality shoes!
Orthotics for Arch Support – When the Shoes are Not the Solution!
I always recommend parents to try a pair of good, supportive shoes, but if the pain persists, then you might need to invest in a pair of orthotics.
There will be cases when the pain in your kids’ feet is so intense that a pair of supportive shoes cannot reduce or eliminate it, and you will need to provide your child with a pair of orthotics. Orthotics will help your children walk and run straighter, by aligning their feet and legs and reducing the stress they are putting to their feet.
An orthotic is basically a shoe insert that is specifically designed to provide cushioning, support, stability, and relief pressure areas of the foot.
If the shoes are not helping your child walk and run straighter, here you can find the best orthotics for kids that are flat footed:
I have provided you with the best shoes with arch support for children, now make sure you get them the right shoe size or they won’t benefit from all the features that the shoe has to offer!
Does your child have flat feet? Is a particular shoe style that you tried that has worked well for his or her feet? Please share your findings below so we can all benefit from your experiences!