Has your pediatrician, physical, or occupational therapist diagnosed your toddler with rolled ankles? Are you looking for a pair of shoes for your toddler with ankle support?
It has been proven that the correct type of shoes can help strengthen and align your kids’ ankles.
I have been helping parents find their correct pair of shoes for their children for last 10 years, working at a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. For the last 3 years I have been helping parents find the correct pair of shoes for their kids ONLINE.
Throughout the years I have fitted children with different type of foot issues such as flat feet, overpronation, low muscle, rolled ankles, just to name a few.
If you have noticed your toddler walking or running differently lately, you must take action. If your toddler’s ankles are rolling inwards or outwards, you need to attack this condition immediately because it can lead to bigger issues in the future such as foot, leg, or back pain.
The good news is that rolled ankles is a condition that can be treated and is fully correctable, unlike flat feet. If you provide your child with the correct pair of shoes (sometimes fitted with an orthotic), you will straighten and align his/her ankles.
What you need to look for is a shoe that is deep and that it comes with a firm heel counter. Do you know what the heel counter of the shoe is? The heel counter is the back part of the shoes that provides ankle support. Take a look at the picture below to see where the heel counter is located:
In order to check whether the shoes come with a firm heel counter or not, you must press firmly around this area of the shoe and check whether it feels firm or soft. Let’s take a look at a shoe with a firm heel counter. As I am pressing on the heel counter of the shoe it feels firm and its hard to bend:
Now let’s take a look at a picture of a shoe that comes with a soft heel counter. Do you notice how the heel counter bends? This means that the heel counter of this shoe is too soft and flimsy.
The issue is that shoes don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “firm heel counter”. The good news is that I know exactly which shoe styles provide those two important features and I will show them to you.
Something so simple such as providing your child with a shoe with a firm heel counter can make a tremendous difference in the way your toddler walks and runs, and in improving their overall posture.
Before I provide you with a selection of the best toddler’s shoes with ankle support, I want to show you what others features the shoes must provide to keep your toddler’s feet healthy and how to make sure you provide your toddler with the correct shoe size.
Toddler Walking Shoes with Ankle Support – The Features!
Besides being deep and coming with a firm heel counter (this is the most important feature that the shoes must provide if your child is experiencing ankle pain), the shoes must provide the following features:
- Supportive sole: Toddlers are always on the move and this will minimize the impact that your toddler’s feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
- Lightweight and Flexible: The shoes must be supportive but lightweight and flexible at the same time, so your toddler’s feet don’t get tired easily.
- Breathable: This feature will prevent the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes, which will also reduce the chances of your toddler developing stinky feet.
- Traction: Shoes with good traction will prevent your toddler from slipping and falling.
Can we find a shoe style for your toddler that provides all of these features and that is also deep and comes with a firm heel counter?
Yes, we can!
There are certain shoe styles that I have fitted before that provide all of these features and I will show them to you below. All of these shoe styles will be available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.
Which brings me to asking you this question: Are you 100% sure that your toddler is wearing the correct shoe size?
How to Provide your Toddler with the Correct Shoe Size – 👟✅
I am always emphasizing to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe styles provides for their kids, if the shoes are not fitted properly, their child will not get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you will might end up creating all sort of foot issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
While I always recommend parents to take their toddlers to be properly fitted for shoes at their local children’s shoe store that they trust, I have been contacted by several parents who told me how they don’t have a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area and that they must get their kids’ shoes online.
If you are one of these parents, the first thing I want you to do is to take a look at a map I created where I describe the best children’s shoe stores in the US by state:
If you still can’t seem to find a kids’ shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features the shoes must provide and how to make sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at a selection of the best toddler walking shoes with ankle support.
The Best Toddler Walking Shoes with Ankle Support –⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell the quality of the shoes and how the shoes FIT.
I always recommend parents to buy their kids’ shoes a half a size longer of the size that they measured in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
Shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run you will need to adjust the size that you get for your child.
Here you can find a selection of the best toddler walking shoes with ankle support that will fit a child with medium, wide or extra wide feet:
These shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your toddler with a half a size longer of the size that he/she measured at the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Please keep in mind that if your toddler is experiencing ankle pain, I always recommend a pair of shoes with shoelaces instead of Velcro closure since they will hug your kids’ ankles better, securing them and providing them with more support.
I provided you with a selection of shoes with Velcro closure as well as shoelaces because I know it’s hard for some parents to keep up with their toddler shoes becoming untie all the time.
Orthotics for Toddlers – When the Shoes are NOT the Solution!
Sometimes a pair of good supportive shoes won’t be enough to help strengthen and align your toddler’s ankles.
If this is the case with your toddler, then our next step is to try a pair of orthotics inside the shoes.
There is a particular orthotic that will provide maximum shock absorbing protection to your toddler’s ankles and I have fitted it several times before. I have seen how this orthotic has significantly reduced or fully eliminated the pain that toddlers were experiencing.
Here you can find the best orthotic for toddlers with ankle pain:
Please keep in mind that orthotics won’t fit in any pair of shoes. The shoes must be supportive and deep. The good news is that the shoes I recommended above are all meant to accommodate an orthotic inside them.
Now that you know which are the best orthotics for toddlers, you are ready to reduce or fully eliminate the pain that they were experiencing.
Before you leave, I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, and I will HELP YOU find it.
Have you found a particular shoe style for your toddler that has helped reduce his/her ankle pain? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.