Treatment and cause of kids foot pronation
Overpronation in baby causes and best shoes
How shoes affect body and feet in kids
Foot pronation is caused by wearing low quality and unsupported shoes as a child
That is about 90% of the cases within children
10% of pronation occurs in birth when a child is in a cramped position within the womb, but the conditions generally subside when they begin to stand and walk
Pronation is caused by wearing low quality footwear which does not give a child ankle support
This is a medical fact that has been concluded by European pediatricians in 1950
Over time, a child's feet begin to collapse and turn inwards
Over-pronation is when a child's feet turn outward
This is caused by non-supportive boots child wear that lack heel and arch support
Shoes form and shape children's feet so in Europe they are viewed as a medical necessity
A child needs orthopedic shoes from the day they start learning to walk
As an adult, the person will end up with perfectly shaped and formed feet and posture
Footwear for children is regulated by European Ministry of Health
Every European producer must make children's pronation shoes locally and compliant to the orthopedic guidelines
This system works well, since European do not spend money on orthodics and improving their deformed children's feet
Parents spent money on good shoes for kids instead of orthodics
The United States has the opposite of this - first, kids wear low-quality shoes so their feet are deformed, and then orthodics are sold to make an improvement
Orthodics will never fully restore a child's deformed feet, they will only make some improvement
Proper support is only achieved with ankle supportive shoes, boots or sandals that are European made
The USA does not produce orthopedic shoes, neither do Asian countries - only European countries
Local shoes sold in the USA are low quality and offer NO orthopedic standards
Any brand sold in USA market is low quality, and not orthopedic providing no support for growing feet and posture
Asia does not know how to manufacture footwear properly, even for adults they are low quality shoes.
Just ask yourself - How will shoes, sandals or sneakers made out of cheap leather, rubber or synthetic material that are cheaply made will support your kids feet?
The effect is quite opposite - they deform them
The results are deformed feet with pronation, flat feet and pigeon toe syndrome
The whole body's weight is supported by the feet so you their positive growth is essential
Children, infants and toddlers in Europe wear only the best shoes and end up with well formed feet without the need for orthodics or doctors appointments
They are more expensive there as well - due to their importance and lasting abilities on the development of the child (they are usually not viewed as a fashion statement)
You will save your children's feet with these shoes, instead spending money on doctors visits or orthodics
Good shoes with profiled soles, ankle support will allow you to watch your child grow up healthy with good feet and posture
Features and Construction of Good Orthopedic Shoes
Sturdy, leveled-ankle support that will not bend in the back when the child is walking, running, or standing
The ankle will be in the proper position at all times, and it will be well supported
Anti-sweat soles, with proper orthopedic support give supreme comfort to the growing foot
Soft, yet supportive rubber soles will feel far better to the child
These types of shoes should be worn by every child not just those with ankle problems
We suggest to get quality shoes only, and keep good quality shoes on your child's feet 24/7
Only 2 pairs of good shoes are needed per the entire season - 5-6 months of wear on average
In the long run, a parent is not saving any money by purchasing cheap shoes for their child since medical foot treatment for deformed feet will cost far more than the shoes themselves.
The images below show how feet develop, and how they effect posture and gait. - Watch the video about pronation.
What is ankle pronation?
Has your child been complaining about foot and leg pain? Have you observed your baby strolling and jogging in an abnormal way? Foot or leg pain is by no means normal, and there are certain steps that you could take which will substantially reduce or absolutely take away the pain. Foot pronation in children is a turning outward of the foot ankle, so that there is a tendency to walk on the inner border of the foot. This is a static deformity associated with flat feet and sometimes with foot and arch pain. Children with flat toes or rolled ankles, tend to pronate. Too much pronation will affect your child’s body gait and posture. Posture in adulthood will become unbalanced over time, and usually the pain will spread to the knees, back, shoulders and feet. Pronation is what makes it difficult for a child to take a step, which puts a greater strain on their feet. This leads to the development of calluses, blisters, and corns.
Major cause of pronation or supination in children are poor quality footwear that lacks support for the foot in general, ankle joints, or the stabilization the foot. When infants learn to walk and stand. they at risk of developing pronation since their back foot joints are very soft and sensitive to deformation. In some cases older children (ages 3 and up) would be required to wear orthodics to correct the problem along with supportive shoes. However, to prevent any foot deformities from a young age, child should wear only good quality, leather orthopedic shoes so that their feet will develop correctly.
How do you improve and fix ankle pronation?
The only way to target ankle pronation is investing in good quality, ankle supportive corrective shoes. Europe is the only continent that offers such shoes and manufactures them according to high orthopedic standards. Orthopedic shoes from Europe are manufactured according to the European Ministry of Health recommendations and orthopedic standards. Shoes from Europe are considered the best quality for children in general, and they are designed correctly to form, develop and support growing feet and posture. Children shoes from Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Germany, Norway, Holland, Poland, Czech Republic, and Serbia are only orthopedic ones as they do not accept any faulty substitutes or copies.
In contrast, shoes manufactured in China, even the ones appearing to be qualified do not offer proper orthopedic support and do not offer any health benefits. They literally destroy and deform children's feet over time. Any brand that is sold in the United States for children is manufactured in Asian Countries (primarily China), and they are poor quality with zero orthopedic support that every child does need (not just ones with pronation or orthopedic problems). So we suggest buying 2 pairs of good shoes per season to obtain maximum health benefits. It is important to mention: DO NOT TO ROTATE quality orthopedic shoes with those poorly made ones. The shoes with quality immediately align, straighten and support child's foot, and the cheap ones deform them once again. Basically, good shoes should be on a child 24/7. To prevent pronation, buy high top supportive European footwear with an orthopedic arch that will properly mold and develop developing feet. Quality European shoes are considered best that you can buy.
Pronation Effects on the Human Body and Posture
The Entire body is affected by pronated feet, back, knees, joints because entire body gait shifts.
Adults with ankle pronation will experience constant pain in their back, knees, and feet because their gait is deformed.
Once an adult, no surgery exists to correct the problem, only orthodics to relive the constant pain. Therefore, quality shoes for a child is a good investment since you are preventing many posture and feet problems later in adulthood.
Foot problems are preventable at young age when feet and body is forming!
Quality shoes will stop tiptoe, pigeon toes, ankle pronation as children's feet are shaped and aligned by shoes they wear.
European shoes offer appropriate orthopedic support, ankle support, heel support and, they shape feet correctly. Feet carry entire body therefore, if they are deformed or pronated the entire posture will cause a shift. That is why we advise every parent to put good quality shoes on their children, and not to rotate between low quality non-orthopedic ones.
Avoid cheap, none supportive shoes at all cost!
Whenever a quality shoe lines up the foot, the cheap one destroys the line-up (foot and ankle alignment) therefore avoid cheap, non-supportive shoes in general. Local non-supportive shoes are all made in China, Vietnam, Sri Lanka - they are the ones causing flat feet, ankle pronation, and pigeon toes since they do not provide any support. They are made out of low quality materials, and do not provide any support for your child (Keens, Crocks, UGGs, Merells, Plae, Stride Rite, Nike, New Balance, and any other brand sold in USA). No arch support and no ankle support, they are not measured even for the average foot width since they have to be manufactured cheaply. Those types of shoes cause severe foot deformations in children. All they do is DEFORM kids feet over time. That is why your child's ankle pronated, pigeon toed and flat footed. Even doctors that prescribe orthodics will not help without well supportive shoes. Orthodics will create some improvement, however they will never restore children's feet to healthy condition. Once the body gait shifts (see image below), pain starts in feet, back, knees, shoulders. Adults will experience pain throughout their entire life due to deformed feet. It is all preventable in childhood. Thus investing in good and supportive shoes for your child is the best option! Believe us it is money well justified and spent.