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What Are the Best Running Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet? – Shoes with Extra Arch and Heel Support!

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Children with flat feet might have a difficult time finding comfortable running shoes. However, you must be patient and make sure that you provide your child with a pair of supportive and comfortable running shoes if you want to prevent foot and leg pain.

When children are running they impose an enormous amount of stress to their feet and legs from the impact that their feet and legs take when they come in contact with the ground.

If your child has been diagnosed with flat feet and likes to run then it means that your child won’t be able to absorb shock as well, which can lead to foot and leg pain as well as foot injuries. Any foot injury caused in children can create problems later in life.

Children who are flat footed and like to run either recreational or competitive need extra support from their shoes. The good news is that a pair of supportive and substantial running shoes can absorb this shock and keep your kids’ feet healthy by preventing injuries as well as foot and leg pain.

When children have flat feet their feet tend to turn inwards and once the feet are pronated, the knees and hips also become misaligned. This means the muscles that move those joints no longer work efficiently, and it will take more energy for your child to do the same work as other children who don’t have this condition. Having flat feet can also affect your child’s overall posture.

I have been helping children with flat feet find the correct pair of shoes for the last 10 years. I work for a specialized children’s shoe store that evaluates children with flat feet or other foot conditions on a daily basis. We recommend supportive shoes but depending on the degree of the child’s condition we might need orthotics to be fitted inside of the shoes as well. Before you decide to try an orthotic always start by trying a pair of supportive shoes.

The shoes I will recommend shortly are not orthopedic shoes, they are regular running sneakers that simply provide better support than the rest. My goal is to provide your child with a pair of shoes that provides enough support but it allows your child’s foot and leg muscles to develop on their own.

What a Difference a Shoe Can Make! – See it for Yourself!

Let me show you what a difference a pair of the shoes I recommend can make for a child who has flat feet. Let’s start by taking a look at an image of a flat footed child standing barefoot. Do you notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards?

Now let me show you what happens when I fit that same child in a pair of the supportive running pair of shoes I recommend. Do you notice how the child’s feet are a lot straighter? Something so simple such as providing your child with the correct type of shoes can make a tremendous difference in the way your child walks and runs.

Children with flat feet need running shoes with proper support to help distribute their weight and support the arches of their feet. The issue is that there is a very small selection of running shoes that provide the correct amount of support.

I want to clear a common misconception as some parents believe that shoe brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour are good for their kids’ feet only because they are “popular” shoe brands. You will be surprised to know that if your child has a foot condition you need to stay away from these shoe brands as they don’t provide the correct amount of support. Most of their styles are too flimsy and unsupportive.

Stay Away from These Shoe Brands – Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour! 

Let me show you what happens when we fit that same child in a pair of Nike shoes. Do you notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards the same way as when the child was standing barefoot?

The shoes don’t provide the correct amount of support to prevent the chid’s feet from collapsing.

What are the Best Running Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet?

Before I show you a selection of the best running shoes for kids with flat feet I want to make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size. You won’t be able to order your child’s correct shoe size online if you don’t know your child’s foot size.

The selection of shoes for a child with flat feet is pretty limited, and it gets even more limited if your child has a “complicated” foot shape such as narrow or extra wide feet.

Children can have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet, and depending on your child’s foot shape we will decide on which shoe brands and which shoe styles to try.

I came up with the most effective way to determine your child’s exact foot size from your home and will personally assist you with a custom fitting tailored to your child’s individual needs. This easy-to-follow method allows parents to accurately determine their child’s correct foot length and width, as well as instep height. If you are unsure of your child’s foot size, go to the link below:

How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

Now that you know your child’s foot size let’s take a look at the best running shoes for kids with flat feet. The shoes I recommend are supportive but they are lightweight and flexible at the same time, which is going to help prevent your child’s feet from easily getting tired.

Best Running Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet

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Medium – Wide – Extra Wide Feet

The running shoes below can fit children with medium (M), wide (W), or extra wide feet (XW).

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these running shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

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Narrow – Medium Feet

The running shoes below can fit children with narrow and medium feet.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these running shoes a whole size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.6 inches or 1 centimeter of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes. This amount of space helps prevent your kids’ toes from rubbing against the front or the side of the shoes.

Our ultimate goal is to find shoes for your child to run comfortably. If the shoes don’t feel comfortable from the moment your child tries them on, then it’s highly likely that they won’t feel comfortable when your child is running.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Flat Feet?

There are 2 key features that the shoes I recommend provide which makes them extremely effective for children who have flat feet.

Substantial Outsole: This feature helps prevent your child’s flat feet from collapsing and turning inwards. Let me show you the difference in support within one of the shoes I recommend and a different style. Do you notice how the shoe on the right has a supportive outsole compared to the shoe on the left?

Firm Heel Counter: Sometimes children’s pronation can come from the ankles too. It’s important for the shoes to provide a firm heel counter with targeted support right below the heel to prevent your child’s ankles from rolling inwards. Let me show you the difference in heel support between one of the shoes I recommend and a different style. Do you notice how the shoe on the right has a lot more padding right below the heel compared to the shoe on the left?

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Does my Child Needs a Different Pair of Shoes for Walking?

The answer is no, your child can use these running shoes as their everyday sneakers. However, if you start noticing visible signs of wear and tear you should consider providing your child with two different pair of shoes so he/she can alternate.

Finding a pair of running shoes for children with flat feet can be a time-consuming experience, as there are very few styles that provide the correct amount of support. However, if your child has been complaining about foot pain I recommend you to be proactive and don’t take the “wait and see approach” that many pediatricians seem to recommend. The sooner that you start treating your child’s foot conditions the better.

If you already tried a pair of supportive shoes and your child still complains about foot or leg pain then contact me directly so I can recommend a pair of orthotics to be fitted inside the shoes: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com 

Have you tried a particular shoe brand or shoe style that has worked well for your child’s flat feet? Please share your findings in the comment section below so other families can benefit from your experiences.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LETS START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

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