Orthotics are the one of the most effective ways to treat and prevent your child’s foot conditions. If you choose the correct type of orthotic and you fit it in the correct type of shoes, you will help realign your kids’ feet and legs, improving their overall posture!
Has your child been complaining about foot and leg pain? Is your child dealing with any of the following foot conditions?
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Do you know what all of these foot conditions have in common? They all can be treated by wearing the correct type of shoes and orthotics.
An orthotic is a shoe insert that is specifically designed to provide cushioning, support, and stability, and to relieve pressure areas of the foot. However, not all orthotics will provide the same level of effectiveness in treating your child’s foot condition. There are certain types of orthotics that will provide more cushion, support, and stability to your child’s feet, and those are the ones I will describe in this article.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in children with foot and leg problems, and also our store provides regular shoe fittings.
We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with the shoe brands and styles that are ideal for use with these orthotics.
The correct type of orthotics will help strengthen and straighten your kids’ feet and legs, improving your child’s overall posture.
I have fitted 3 different types orthotics that have proven to be the most effective ones when it comes to treating and preventing your children’s foot conditions.
Let’s take a look at the picture below. Does it look familiar?
Do you notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards? Since this child is flat footed, there is no arch to prevent the feet from collapsing and turning inwards.
There are certain orthotics that come with a built-in arch support that will prevent your child’s feet from collapsing.
Let me prove this to you. Let’s take a look at another picture of a flat footed child:
Now let’s have that same child stand up in a pair of orthotics and let’s notice the difference:
Do you notice how the orthotics are preventing the child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards? The arch support of the orthotics are preventing the child’s feet from collapsing.
It’s important to understand that an orthotic will not mold an arch for your child. However, orthotics can definitely help straighten and strengthen your kids’ ankles. Some children suffer from overpronation from having rolled ankles.
Do you notice how in the pictures the ankles are rolling outwards? If you provide your child with a pair of orthotics that come with a firm heel cup and a pair of shoes that come with a firm heel counter, you will straighten your kids’ ankles.
Before I show you the top 3 orthotics for kids, I want to first explain the features that these orthotics will provide and also show you which are the best kids’ shoes to fit orthotics.
Orthotics for Kids – The 3 Most Important Features!
These are the 3 main features that orthotics will provide to your child’s feet:
✅ Arch Support: All of the orthotics I will describe below will come with a built-in arch support to minimize the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground. The arch support will also help prevent your child’s feet from collapsing, and align your kids’ feet and legs at the same time.
✅ Ankle Support:The orthotics will also come with a heel cup that will help strengthen and straighten your kids’ ankles. This feature will also minimize the impact that your kids’ heels take every time they come in contact with the ground.
✅ Molds to Your Child’s Unique Foot Shape: These orthotics are designed to mold over time to fit each child’s unique foot, since they are made of premium medical grade PU foam.
The orthotics I will describe below will fit in your kids’ everyday sneakers, Mary Jane shoe styles, boots, and sport shoes such as cleats.
The Top 3 Orthotics for Kids ❤️
#1 KidSole ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This company manufactures performance enhancing and posture correcting insoles.
These orthotics are specifically designed for children with posture and foot development issues such as flat feet, overpronation, or weak and rolled ankles.
These are the most important features that this particularly orthotic made by Kidsole will provide for your child:
✅ KidSole orthotics are crafted from premium medical grade PU foam for children with heel and arch support problems.
✅ The orthotic is designed to mold over time to fit each child’s unique foot.
✅ The orthotic is made of premium medical grade PU foam for kids with heel and arch support problems.
✅ The orthotic is also made of a new soft step material that drastically increases comfort.
This orthotic will fit from a toddler shoe size 5 all the way up to a teenage shoe size 7.
Here you can find the best orthotics for kids made by Kidsole:
What I love the most about this shoe company is how they manufacture orthotics for everyday wear but they also manufacture orthotics specifically designed to work with your kids’ sport shoes. If your children are involved in sports and need an orthotic to be fitted inside their sport shoes for extra support, you should take a look at anther article I wrote where I describe the best kids’ orthotics for sport shoes. Go to the link below:
The company’s mission is to help children with foot issues feel more comfortable in their shoes.
Please don’t forget to remove your child’s original insoles before place the orthotic inside the shoes.
#2 Footminders ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Flat feet/low arches can cause severe pain and discomfort. This company manufacturers orthotics specifically designed for children with flat feet and heel pain. These are the 3 most important features that this orthotic will provide to your child’s feet and legs:
✅ Arch Support
✅ Heel Support
✅ Schock Absorption
✅ Designed for all types of shoes.
This orthotic will fit children that wear a shoe size 11 all the way up to a shoe size 3 (ages 4 to 9).
Here you can find the best orthotic made by Footmiders:
#3 Superfeet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Superfeet insoles have proven to be some of the most effective ones for children that are flat footed and are experiencing foot or leg pain. If fitted in the correct type of shoes, these insoles will significantly reduce or fully eliminate your chid’s arch and ankle pain.
Superfeet insoles are affordable (since children’s feet are constantly growing) and offer professional-grade orthotic support, performance and comfort.
These insoles are for older children since they fit from a shoe size 13.5 all the way up to a teenage shoe size 7.
Here you can find the best Superfeet insoles for kids:
These are the best orthotics for children that I have fitted before in terms of support, comfort, and durability.
Now that you know which are the best orthotics for kids, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
I am always explaining to parents that in order for their kids to get the full benefits that the orthotics have to offer, they need to fit them in the correct pair of shoes. If you fit a pair of good supportive orthotics in a pair of shoes that are too flimsy or unsupportive, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the orthotics have to offer and vice versa.
The Best Shoes for Orthotics – Deep and Supportive
Don’t forget that the orthotics and the shoes work together in helping treat and prevent your kids’ foot condition.
Orthotics take a look of extra space inside the shoes, so it’s important for the shoes to be deep and that also come in wide and extra wide widths, in order for the orthotics to be fitted inside the shoes.
Please always remember to remove the original insoles of your kids’ shoes before placing the orthotics inside the shoes. If you leave the original insole of your kids’ shoes and fit the orthotic on top, you will be raising your kids’ feet up and give them the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes. You will also make the top part of your kids’ feet rub against the top part of the shoes.
Most children’s shoes now come with a removable insole, so please don’t forget to remove it before you place the orthotics.
I actually wrote an article where you can find a selection of the best shoes for orthotics. Go to the link below:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you ever have trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child.
Is there another orthotic style that you have tried and has worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.