Has your toddler been diagnosed with flat feet and overpronation? Has your physical/occupational therapist or pediatrician recommended that your toddler wears a pair of good supportive shoes and insoles for extra support?
The three most common reasons why toddlers need to wear an orthotic inside their shoes are:
- Flat Feet
- Rolled Ankles
When toddlers have flat feet or rolled ankles, their feet collapse and turn inwards or outwards, which throws their whole body out of alignment. This leads them to putting pressure in parts of their body where they are not supposed to.
The good news is that something so simple such as providing your child with the correct type of orthotics will prevent their feet from collapsing, allowing them to walk and run straighter.
Let me prove this to you…
Here is a picture of a fat footed child. Do you notice how the feel are collapsing and turning inwards?
Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child but wearing a pair of supportive orthotics. Do you notice how the orthotics are preventing the child’s feet from collapsing? The orthotics are aligning the child’s feet, which will improve the child’s overall posture.
I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes since I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
Let me clarify what an orthotic/insole is: An orthotic/insole is basically a shoe insert that is specifically designed to provide cushioning, support, stability, and relief pressure areas of the foot.
I have fitted several different types of orthotics throughout the years, but there is a particular one I have found to be the most effective one in helping children walk and run straighter, and reducing or fully eliminating their feet and leg pain.
This orthotic is made of extremely comfortable materials, provides arch and ankle support, and it will help align your kids’ feet and legs by preventing your child’s feet from collapsing when walking or running (as longs it’s fitted in the correct pair of shoes).
If you are unsure whether your toddler is wearing a pair of good, supportive shoes there is another article I wrote where I describe the most supportive shoes for toddlers. Go to the link below:
The whole topic of orthotics for children is very controversial, but I believe that orthotics should only be used when toddlers have symptoms related to foot and leg function which are evident, and they are experiencing foot or leg pain.
I will provide you with a selection of the best toddler shoe insoles shortly, but first let’s take a look at what features this orthotic will provide to your child’s feet.
Toddler Shoe Insoles – The 2 Most Important Features!
There are two main features that the insoles for your toddler must provide:
❤️ Arch Support: You will notice how the orthotic/insole will have a piece of foam or a visible bump where the arch of your kids’ foot is supposed to sit. Take a look at the picture below for clarification:
The built-in arch will prevent your child’s feet from collapsing every time their feet become in contact with the ground, allowing them to walk and run straighter.
❤️ Ankle Support: If you pay close attention you will notice how most inserts/orthotics come with a heel cup in the back. Take a look at the image above where the arrow is pointing out at the heel cup of the orthotic.
This is where the ankle of your child is supposed to sit in order to get extra cushion and be fully supported. Certain toddlers have “rolled ankles” which means that the bone of the ankle (which is supposed to be straight), turns inwards or outwards. This is fully correctable if the insole/orthotic is fitted with the correct pair of shoes.
If we find a pair of insoles for your toddler that provides those 2 features you will minimize or fully eliminate the pain and help your toddler walk and run straighter.
Now that you know what type of features a pair of insoles must provide for your toddler, let’s take a look at a selection of the best toddler shoe insoles.
The Best Toddler Shoe Insoles ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only review shoes and orthotics that I have fitted before, since that’s the only way I can tell the quality of the shoe and the insole.
If you have a toddler that is flat footed and is experiencing pronation and foot pain, please find below the best toddler shoe insole that I have fitted before:
These insoles have a built-in arch with added metatarsal support and they are very reasonably priced.
This is a full-length kids orthotic insole that is specifically engineered for toddlers who are experiencing foot and leg pain and suffering from various degree of foot ailments. This insole is also ideal for toddlers who need additional arch and ankle support.
If you have been looking for a pair of insoles for your toddler to minimize pressure in their feet by providing arch support to their flat and fallen arches, this is the type of insole you need.
You won’t believe the difference that a pair of good, supportive insoles can make in the way that your child walks and runs. If fitted correctly, this insole will not only reduce or fully eliminate your toddler’s foot and leg pain, but it will also help your toddler walk and run straighter.
Do You Have a Good Fitting Kids’ Shoe Store in Your Area?
I always recommend parents to take their toddler to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
IMPORTANT TIP: In order to fit the insole/orthotic correctly inside your kids’ shoes always remove the original sole of the shoes.
Take a look at the picture below for clarification:
If you don’t remove the inner sole and insert the new insole you will be raising your kids’ feet up and your child’s toes might rub against the top of the shoe, which can lead to blisters, calluses, and corns.
Once you insert the insole inside your kids’ shoes, make sure there is no extra room between the end of the insoles and the end of the shoes.
If the insole is too big for the shoe you can always trim it to make it fit correctly, and if it’s too short just order a bigger size.
Now that you know which are the most supportive toddler shoes and which are the best toddler shoe insoles, you are ready to make the most informative decision!
What Are Other Parents Saying About These Insoles?
Some parents have described this insole as the next best thing to custom orthotics:
►”Our physical therapist was so impressed with the quality and support offered from these insoles that she thought they were custom. We were supposed to get a different kind which would have been $80. We have been very happy with these insoles and my daughter hasn’t complained at all about them being uncomfortable. She is walking and running straighter now!”
► “My boy has flat feet and was complaining about his ankles and feet hurting when he was running and playing around. Our physical therapist recommended to try inserts. To be honest, my child had a hard time adjusting to the inserts but after wearing them for a week he started telling me how good his ankles felt! They do work, and you can’t beat the price”.
►“My son was starting to complain about pain in the bottom of his feet and the heels. After talking with his PT, he told us that the pain might be reduced or be fully eliminated with a pair of custom orthotics. Before going the more expensive route of getting custom made orthotics, we decided to try these insoles first and they have worked wonders. My son doesn’t have any more pain!”
Have you tried a particular insole/orthotic for your toddler that has worked well for his or her feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.