Ask A Podiatrist: Kids Arch Support Insoles

May 20th, 2010 by Amanda Strouse | 60 Comments So Far

Children’s shoes are made with such poor insoles, that it is often necessary to buy children insoles that have arch support, heel cups and other healthy features. The following four kids arch support insoles are sold at HealthyFeetStore.com: KidZerts, Bambini, Arch Angels and Birkenstock. I interviewed Dr. Jeff Hurless, a foot and ankle surgeon, podiatrist, partial owner and medical director of HealthyFeetStore.com to explain the differences between these kids arch support insoles so that you know which one would best suit your child.

kidzerts

KidZerts
Purpose: Use them for collapsing arches, turned in ankles, sore feet, sore leg muscles, help weight distribution
Features that make it unique: A deep heel cup,  lateral post, deeper seated arch support to cup the foot, wear-moldable, anti-bacterial topcover, fun color
Will benefit children with: Flat feet, foot fatigue, leg cramps, tilted heels, abornmal shoe wear, poor balance

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Bambini
Purpose: Use them for collapsing arches, turned in ankles, sore feet, sore leg muscles, help weight distribution
Features that make it unique: Durable, soft and conforming leather top cover, super low profile, no heel cup
Will benefit children with: Flat feet, foot fatigue, leg cramps, tilted heels, abornmal shoe wear, poor balance

arch-angels

Arch Angels
Purpose:
Use them for collapsing arches, turned in ankles, sore feet, sore leg muscles, help weight distribution
Features that make it unique: Rear foot post to stabilize the arch support, very rigid, will provide the most support
Will benefit children with: Flat feet, foot fatigue, leg cramps, tilted heels, abornmal shoe wear, poor balance

 

 

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Birkenstock
Purpose:
Use them for collapsing arches, turned in ankles, sore feet, sore leg muscles, help weight distribution
Features that make it unique: Firmer material for more support (not cushy), deep heel cup, lateral extended arch
Will benefit children with: Flat feet, foot fatigue, leg cramps, tilted heels, abornmal shoe wear, poor balance

Let’s break it down:
For the most all-over support, buy Arch Angels.
For a soft insole with a very deep heel cup and arch support, buy KidZerts.
For a firmer insole with a deep heel cup and arch support, buy Birkenstock.
For a durable, soft insole with not as much arch support, buy Bambini.

 

PLEASE NOTE: If your child has tried inserts of this kind and he/she is still experiencing pain or problems, please see a doctor or a foot/ankle specialist.

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60 Comments on “Ask A Podiatrist: Kids Arch Support Insoles”


  1. mags said:

    Hi there
    My 11 year old son has flat feet and has recently been complaining of sore feet and ankles after his baseball games. Can you recommend which of these supports to buy. His doctor advised he start wearing support.
    Thank you
    Mags


  2. mags said:

    Hi there
    My 11 year old son has flat feet and has recently been complaining of sore feet and ankles after his baseball games and basketball . He is very active outdoors.Can you recommend which of these supports to buy. His doctor advised he start wearing support.
    Thank you
    Mags


  3. darcy said:

    WHERE ARE THE ANSWERS HERE??????
    I see a lot of great questions but not any answers. Our podiatrist loves POWERKIDS INSERTS, that being said I brought to him arch supports, the powerkids, kidzerts, and the bambini (which we currently use). Powerkids helped us the best with out son’s flat feet and pain at the age of 2, however as he pushed 3 his feet have gotten a lot wider and now none of the inserts work. We use bambini because they are the largest but aren’t as supportive. Our doc did not like kidzerts as they were not rigid enough and arch angels were just not as made as well as the powerkids. Hope that helps others. OUR QUESTION IS… Where can we find arch support 3/4 inserts for a 3 year old who wears a toddler size 9, its like the dont exist, even our podiatrist doesnt know?


  4. Tierra Nauman said:

    I tried the arch angles for my high arches(I’m17 and wear a children’s size shoe) but they didn’t work. My arches feel like they’re falling.


  5. Jody said:

    My 9 year old son has Ehlers Danlos syndrome. As a young child he wore braces to help him learn to walk. Now as a 9 year old he no longer wears braces but has low muscle tone and severe pronation which causes knee and foot pain. Our pediatrician recommended custom orthotics but they were cost prohibitive since he will outgrow them in a matter of months. What kind of insole would be appropriate for his issues? Thank you


  6. Lyric's mom said:

    My daughter had a physical therapy evaluation and they discovered her right leg is 2 cm shorter than the left. What is the best thing to get for her? She just turned 5 and wears a little kids size 11. She doesn’t really need arch support. But she does have balance problems due to the leg length issue. Please help.


  7. Melissa Kumler said:

    Hi Lyric’s mom – we are having our pedorthist review this question and will email you directly. Hope that helps!


  8. Melissa Kumler said:

    Hi Jody,

    You can try over the counter orthotics for children. HealthyFeetStore.com carries a few different brands. Hope that helps!


  9. Melissa Kumler said:

    Hi Tierra – have you tried KidZerts? Hope that helps!


  10. Colleen h said:

    Hello my nine year old plays basketball and complains her heels hurt after playing. Her feet were assessed at the walking company and we were told she has high arches. What can she wear to help her pain and provide the appropriate support.