Has your child been complaining that his feet and legs have been hurting? Foot and leg pain in children are NOT common or normal and you shouldn’t ignore the pain! The good news is that most of the time the pain might be due to sneakers that are not supportive enough, or maybe your children are simply not wearing the right shoe size!
However, in some other cases having leg, foot, or back pain can be due to your child having flat feet. If your child has flat feet, you must provide him or her with good supportive sneakers. If your child is wearing supportive shoes and still has pain, then he or she might be a candidate to wear orthotics.
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?
I have been working at a children’s shoe store for over 6 years now, and we specialize in children with foot problems. I handle 200 fitting and try-ons per week, and I evaluate children’s feet and legs to evaluate whether they need orthotics. This post focuses on shoes that will help relieve or completely eliminate the foot and leg pain your child is experiencing.
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. In this post, I want to focus on describing the best shoes with arch support for kids.
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 support the shoe provides, if you don’t get the correct shoe size for your child he or she will not get the full benefits that the shoe has to offer.
Runners, walkers, coaches, and the medical community are all awakening to the benefits of wearing the correct pair of supportive shoes!
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.
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.
Supportive Shoes For Kids’- The Solution To Their Foot Problems!
Just like their parents, children need good shoes that provide arch support, give heel support and absorb shock to reduce the amount of stress to joints while they are running and playing around.
Buying quality shoes for your kid doesn’t mean paying more for the shoes! In fact, most quality shoes cost the same or sometimes even less than non-supportive shoes.
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:
1- A built-in arch for arch support.
2- A firm heel counter for lateral stability and ankle support
3- A thick, durable sole to reduce the impact of the feet with 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. Shoes play a huge role in helping children with pronation, pigeon toes and collapsed ankles.
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.
Every parent should view quality shoes as a “developmental need,” not as a fashion statement!
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!
What Are The Best Shoes With Arch Support?
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 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 what 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!
You don’t have anything to worry about! I have fitted the most supportive shoes for children and I know exactly which ones they are!
Finding the right pair of shoes with good support is crucial in order to prevent foot, knee and back pain and other complications that can cause problems throughout your kids’ body!
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.
Several parents have contacted me asking where can they get their kids’ shoes online, since they don’t have a kids’ shoe store in their area that they trust. And no, Nordstrom, Stride Rite, and Payless don’t qualify as a kids’ shoe store. I actually wrote a post explaining why you shouldn’t take your child to be fitted for shoes in those places here:
Did you know that shoes with arch support can help reduce your child’s risk of injury during sport activities? If your child is experiencing leg or foot pain during soccer practice you should consider getting them a pair of insoles with arch support for his or her cleats, to reduce the impact on their feet and legs every time they are playing.
Buying Kids’ Shoes – Make Sure You Get The Right 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!
We want to find shoes that provide arch support, extra padded cushioning, firm heel counters, and excellent breath-ability in a supportive, yet lightweight shoe. You can find these shoes in assortment of styles and colors, and they range from toddler’s to adult sizes.
Take a look at the most supportive shoes for kids that have flat feet:
The first row of shoes (Saucony shoe styles) fit “small” which means I recommend going a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The second row of shoes (New Balce styles ) fit “true to size” which means I recommend going a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing.
I have fitted all the shoes that I describe and I am aware of the quality and what they can provide for your child. Try the shoes first, if the pain persists, then you might need to invest in an orthotic.
I wrote a post where I describe the best orthotics for children that have foot and leg pain. You can find it here:
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!
The Best Shoes For Kids’ With Foot And Leg Pain – Stop The Pain!
Foot pain is never normal in children. If your child suffers from flat feet, it is important to wear good, supportive shoes to assure healthy growth and foot development!
It is important to understand that every child should wear good quality shoes since they properly support kids’ feet and will help assist and improve in postural development!
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!
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 the shoe has to offer!
I wrote a post where I describe how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size. The post is called:
Does your child have flat feet? Is he or she experiencing leg or foot pain? Have you already found a pair of shoes or orthotics that work for his or her foot? Please share your findings below so we can all benefit from your experiences!