Best Kids Insoles
The best Kids’ insoles are custom insoles that are made to measure. These should be made with a flexible, cushioned shell as too rigid of a shell can be painful and potentially harm the development of a child’s foot. They should be made to measure so that they don’t cause blistering while a biomechanical assessment will help determine the level of support required for a Kids insole. This is very important as too little support won’t provide sufficient pain relief while excess support can lead to the muscles of the feet weakening over time. We recommend a 3/4 length insole for children as they can have a growth spurt at any moment.
When are Kids Insoles necessary?
As foot specialists, we often have parents asking us if there is a need for kids’ insoles. Especially, those without foot pain who want to reduce the risk of their children developing problems in the future or from parents who have foot problems themselves and are worried about their children developing the same issues. There is a lot of conflicting advice throughout the web on this topic, mainly due to the fact that there is minimal to no high-quality evidence on the prescription of insoles for children. So let’s discuss the scientific evidence we have available with some practical application.
Kids Insoles: No pain, no change!
We know that between the ages of 1 and 5 years, up to 95% of children haven’t developed arches in their feet yet. For those who are above this age category and you notice that they are yet to form an arch, it is important to keep in mind that if there is no pain or symptoms. There is minimal to no evidence that kids’ insoles reduce the risk of pain in the future. In line with this, there is no evidence to suggest that having flat feet increases your risk of foot pain.
One keynote can be if they have a stiff big toe and a flat medial longitudinal arch to their foot. This can be an indicator that biomechanically they may not be able to load fully through their big toe and this has the potential to cause pain. In this instance, it is recommended that you see a specialist.
Kids Insoles: Reasons for using kids orthotics in the young adult with flat feet
There is evidence for the use of orthotics/insoles with children or adolescents above the age of 5, if they have pain. Conditions such as heel pain, arch pain, knee pain, and Achilles pain all have the potential to be helped by the use of an orthotic/insole. We suggest that if your child is experiencing some discomfort, you should bring them to see a therapist, to confirm the source of pain. If applicable, try an off-the-shelf orthotic first, which your therapist can advise you on. If this fails, then a custom insole may be required. To learn more about our custom orthotics please click here.
How much do Kids Insoles Cost?
Biomechanical Assessment: £105
Custom Insoles: £212 (inc 20% Off)
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Why do Children wear insoles?
Children who are older than the age of 5 often wear insoles if they have foot pain. Insoles can ease pain, provide extra comfort and improve the movement of the foot through the gait cycle. These are often recommended after a consultation with a medical professional.
What is the difference between inserts and insoles?
Shoe inserts are the support that comes inside a shoe. It can be glued or stitched into a shoe or sometimes just sit on top of the sole of the shoe. An insole or orthotic is a seperate component that can be added to the inside of a shoe for extra comfort or to address biomechanical faults.
Should you size up for insoles?
In most cases is it possible to remove the insert that belongs to a shoe. This is replaced with insoles and there is no need to size up. When it is not possible to remove the insert of the shoe then it is recommended to size up for insoles.
What are the best shoes for toddlers with flat feet?
It is normal for most toddlers to have flat feet up until the age of 5 therefore it is not recommended to purchase any specific support shoes for toddlers with flat feet. After the age of 5, if they have flat feet and pain, it is recommended to have a consultation with a medical professional such as a podiatrist to see what are the best shoes and whether kids’ insoles are required.