Has your child been complaining about foot or leg pain? Have you noticed your child’s feet collapsing and turning inwards?
I have been contacted by several parents who have taken their kids to their pediatrician and were told not to worry because the child will “outgrow” the pain. These parents then contact me because they are still concerned that the child keeps complaining about pain. I always explain to parents that foot or leg pain in children is never normal, and I recommend taking action as early as possible, since you will end up preventing more severe issues in the future.
Do you have a child at home that has been complaining about any of the issues mentioned below?
- Arch Pain
- Heel Pain
- Ingrown Toenails
- Plantar Warts
- Foot pain in the bottom or top of the foot
Do you know what all the of those issues have in common? They are related to the shoes that your child wears and the way they fit.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they FIT. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
For the last 3 years I have dedicated myself to helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their children online.
One of the most common foot problems children face is overpronation due to flat feet or rolled ankles.
Most children’s foot pain is related to the shoes that they wear and how they fit, and when children overpronate, they need more substantial and supportive shoes (and in certain cases orthotics), to help them walk and run straighter. When children overpronate their feet turn inwards or outwards, which is what throws the whole body out of alignment, and leads to your children putting pressure on parts of their body where they are not supposed to.
Let’s take a look at the image below. Does it look familiar? Do you have a child at home that is flat footed?
This child is putting pressure in parts of his body where he is not supposed to, which will cause foot and leg pain. He might also experience lower back problems in the future.
If you pay close attention to this second image you will notice how the child’s ankles are also rolling inwards:
When children have rolled ankles, they might experience ankle and heel pain.
The good news is that there are certain shoe styles that I have fitted before that come with arch and ankle support, and they will minimize or fully eliminate the pain that your child is experiencing. The arch support will prevent your children’s feet from collapsing, straighten their feet, and improve their posture by helping them walk and run straighter.
Let me prove this to you:
The first picture shows a child wearing a pair of unsupportive shoes. Do you notice how her feet are still collapsing and turning inwards?
The second picture shows the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how a substantial shoe with good arch and heel support will help align the feet and improve the child’s overall posture?
I will be able to provide you with a selection of shoes that will improve your children’s posture and help them walk and run straighter. These shoe styles are going to be available in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide, meaning that they will fit the shape of your child’s feet, no matter how narrow or wide they are.
Foot Problems from Wearing the Wrong Shoe Size – Get it Right!
The second most common reason why children experience foot or leg pain is from not wearing the correct shoe size, which involves providing your child with the correct shoe length as well as the correct shoe width.
Wearing shoes that are too short or too narrow will lead to your children’s toes getting cramped inside the shoes, and that constant rubbing between the toes or the side of the shoes will lead to blisters, calluses, ingrown toenails, or corns. On the other side, wearing shoes that are too long or too wide will lead to your child’s feet moving too much inside the shoes, and that constant movement and friction will also lead to the foot issues mentioned above.
I always recommend parents to take their kids to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, but chances are that if you reading this article you don’t have a store in your area.
The good news is that I created an article where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home. Go to the link below:
IMPORTANT TIP: More expensive shoes don’t always translate into better shoes.
The Best Shoes for Kids with Foot Pain – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
In order to prevent most of the foot issues that we discusses above, you must provide your child with supportive shoes that are available in your child’s shoe width.
Two very important features that these shoes will provide are:
- Depth: This feature will allow your child’s feet from fitting deeply inside the shoes, which will prevent your kids’ feet from rubbing against the top of the shoes. This will prevent blisters and corns.
- Round toe-box: This feature will prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping and rubbing against each other. This will also prevent blisters, calluses, and corns.
Shoes don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “round toe-box”, but I know exactly which shoe styles will provide these two features and I will describe them below.
Let me show you a selection of the best fitting children’s shoes that I have fitted before. These shoes are the ones I recommend the most for children that are flat footed and need extra support from their shoes, and they are all available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide:
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your children with a “half a size” longer of the size that they measured at the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
Shoes play a key role in keeping your kids and legs healthy. I want you to remember one thing that I am always emphasizing to parents:
It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your child’s’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet, and I will help you find it.
Before you leave, I want you to make you aware that the socks that you provide for your child will play a key role in keeping their feet healthy.
The Best Socks for Children – Seamless and Breathable!
Did know that socks act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, and they prevent the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes? This will also prevent your child from getting an infection.
The socks will also cushion your children’s feet and prevent them from rubbing against the shoes, since that constant friction can lead to blisters.
The issue is that most children will refuse to wear socks with their shoes since they can’t stand the way they feel, since they feel every bump and lump as soon as they put the socks on.
The good news is that there are certain socks that are 100% seamless, and children love the way they feel. I have fitted them before at the shoe store and parents are so relieved since now they don’t have to deal with those morning battles anymore. In addition to being seamless, these socks are also durable and breathable.
Here you can find a selection of the best seamless and breathable socks for children:
One thing you need to keep in mind is that if you don’t provide your children with the correct sock size, they won’t get any of the benefits that the socks have to offer. Finding the correct socks size for children is more complicated than it sounds. Let me help you figure this out.
Always ignore the label the reads “sock size” or “age guidelines”. In order to provide your child’s with the correct sock size, you must always look under the label “shoe size” in the socks’ tags. This is the most effective way to find your child’s correct sock size.
Take a look at the two pictures below for clarification:
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child, it’ highly likely that I have fitted it before, and I will help you find it.