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so anyone with flat footed kids who play soccer/sports

DS has flat feet and is experiencing pain. He sees a podiatrist next week nut I was wondering what kind of cleats to get him. The ones we got aren't working at all and finding cleats that wide flat feet fit in has been a struggle.

I do not comprehend why every cleat us so darn narrow with no options for a wide fit.

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Ds has flat feet but they are narrow. We didn't have too much trouble with cleats because of the narrowness. Hockey skates, on the other hand, are not fun.

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Ds has had orthotics for years. they made him some special "sport" orthotics for his skates and running shoes that were supposed to offer extra protection.

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I'd ask the podiatrist about an insert. If that doesn't work, remind me again and I'll ask the parents from dd's teams.

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I'd ask the podiatrist about an insert. If that doesn't work, remind me again and I'll ask the parents from dd's teams.
I don't think an insert alone will help-I need to find a cleat with a wider fit. I did find some online options but the problem is he can't try them on. I did learn I need to get leather cleats vs synthetic because leather will stretch some. I took a risk and ordered a cleat so we will see (his first game is on Friday).

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I was going to suggest holding off on buying shoes until you get the orthotic insert the kid is undoubtedly going to need.

My ds has flat feet and wears an OTC insert in his shoes. He's young (7) so they weren't too spendy ($35 for a set). I made sure to take him to a chiropodist to get it fitted properly but I won't order custom ones until he stops growing like a maniac.
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He saw the podiatrist yesterday.

His growth plates aren't fully closed so the really expensive custom made aren't an option (our insurance may cover in certain circumstances but not until growth has stopped). The podiatrist said ideally he would put him in a custom made with ankle braces but right now it isn't an option. Once growth has stopped it can be revisited.

So he has a really expensive orthotic insert (Dr said it should last about 2 years).

I had already ordered cleats. They arrived yesterday too.

He wore the new cleats and inserts yesterday and said his feet felt tons better. We will see how things go-especially once he's wearing the orthotic constantly fir a few weeks.

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Oh and somebody else told me that football cleats are wider than soccer cleats but you have to remove the toe cleat (sawing it off apparently allows the cleat yo pass for soccer).

The ones I ordered seem to be good though so I'm playing it by ear.

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