Has your toddler been diagnosed with pronation and flat feet? Has your physical therapist or pediatrician recommended a pair of good shoes and insoles for your child?
I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes since I have worked at a children’s shoe store for 10 years. I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well.
I have fitted insoles that were specifically created for toddlers who need arch support and suffer from flat feet, and they were also designed to relief pressure and foot pain on the heel and arch. The children’s shoe store that I work for is one of the few in the country that provide shoe fitting as well as orthotic fitting.
Foot and leg pain in children are never common, and if you notice certain foot issues or your child has been complaining about pain, please have their feet evaluated by your physical/occupational therapist or pediatrician.
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.
At the children’s shoe store that I work for I have seen thousands of children’s feet and I can’t tell right away if kids are walking abnormally or if they have any sort of foot issues such as flat feet, pronation, or rolled ankles. In most cases, physical/occupational therapist will send the children our way, so we could have them evaluated.
If your toddler has been experiencing foot and leg pain, you must take action!
Considering that your toddler is wearing the correct type of shoes (this is the first step to attack foot and leg pain), the next step is to provide your toddler with a pair of supportive inserts. Please remember that the first step is to provide your toddler with good supportive shoes, if the pain persists after wearing the shoes that’s when I recommend trying an insert/orthotic inside the shoes.
If you are unsure whether your toddler is wearing a good, supportive shoe please take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the most supportive shoes for toddlers:
If you try a supportive shoe for your toddler and the pain goes away, then you don’t have to worry about providing your toddler with an insert/orthotic. However, if the pain persists after trying a good, supportive shoe then keep reading because I will describe the best toddler shoe insoles below.
Before I provide you with a selection of the best toddler shoe insoles, let’s take a look at what features will these insoles provide for your child.
The Features of The Insoles – Help Your Child Walk Straighter!
There are three 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 picture below for clarification (structured heel cup):
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.
Breathable: The type of insole/orthotic that you provide for your toddler must be breathable in order to prevent bacteria from building up inside your toddler’s shoes.
If we find a pair of insoles for your toddler that provides all of those features you will minimize or fully eliminate the pain and help him/her to 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 – The Secret Revealed!
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 up, high-quality arch with added metatarsal support and they are very reasonable 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. This insole is crafted from premium medical grade PU foam for toddlers with arch and heel pain.
You won’t believe the difference that a pair of good, supportive insoles can make in the way 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 him or her walk and run straighter.
This orthotic is available in seven different sizes:
- 14cm for Toddler 6-8
- 15cm for Toddler 8-9
- 16cm for Toddler 9-11
- 18cm for little kid’s 11-13
- 20cm for little kid’s 13-2
- 22cm for big kid’s 2-4
- 24cm for big kids 4-6
Should You Get Your Toddler’s Orthotics Fitted At The Store?
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kids’ shoe store that they TRUST, where a shoe fitter can properly measure your kids’ feet and find shoes and orthotics that FIT properly. However, I get contacted by parents daily concerned that they don’t have a shoe store in their area that they trust.
If you are one of those parents please START by reading an article I wrote that will explain you the simplest, yet most effective way to find out your child’s correct shoe size:
In order to fit the insole/orthotic correctly inside your kids’ shoes START by removing the inner 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 day 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 for your toddler that has worked well for his or her feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from your experiences.