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Are you Concerned About your Kids’ Feet? – What a Difference a Shoe Makes!


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on February 2022 and reflects up-to-date information.

Have you noticed your child walking and running differently? Has your child been complaining about foot or leg pain? Are you concerned about your kids’ feet?

Children with foot and leg pain are usually diagnosed by their pediatricians. The issue is that when it comes to children dealing with foot and leg pain most pediatricians advise parents to leave the condition alone, under the assumption that the child will eventually “outgrow the condition”.

I always recommend parents to be proactive and don’t take the “wait and see approach” when it comes to treating their children’s foot conditions. Leaving your children’s foot conditions untreated can only lead to the condition getting worse.

I believe that foot or leg pain in children is never normal.

Do you have a child at home that has been complaining about any of these issues?

  • Pain the in the bottom of the foot.
  • Heel Pain.
  • Knee pain.
  • Hip Pain.
  • Pain in the top of the foot (instep).
  • Toe pain.

Do you know what all of these issues have in common? They are related to the shoes that your child wears and how they fit.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now that specializes in helping 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.


The 3 most common reasons why children complain of foot pain are having flat feet, overpronation, and rolled ankles.

The most effective way to treat these 3 foot conditions is through supportive footwear.

When children are flat footed and overpronate their feet turn inwards, which throws the whole body out of alignment. When foot posture is not in alignment then your child’s body has to recruit more muscles for each movement, which leads to an increase in muscle fatigue, tightness and strain.

The good news is that certain shoes provide better arch and ankle support, which help prevent your children’s feet from collapsing, straighten their feet, and improve their posture by helping them walk and run straighter. Let me prove it to you!

What a Difference the Correct Pair of Shoes Can Make!

Below there is an image of a flat-footed child standing barefoot. Do you notice how the child’s feet are collapsing and turning inwards?

The next picture shows the same child wearing a pair of unsupportive shoes. Do you notice how the child’s feet are still collapsing and turning inwards?

The last picture shows the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how the feet look a lot straighter? This is going to help improve the child’s overall posture.

I am going to show you a selection of the most effective children’s shoes that will help improve your child’s walking gait and posture, but before we move any forward, I want to make sure that you are 100% of your child’s foot size.

Foot Problems from Wearing the Wrong Shoe Size – Get it Right!

The second most common reason why children experience foot 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 usually leads to your children’s toes getting cramped inside the shoes, and that constant rubbing between the toes and the side of the shoes can lead to blisters, calluses, ingrown toenails, or corns. Wearing shoes that are too long or too wide allows for too much foot movement inside the shoes, and that constant movement and friction between the foot and the shoes also leads to foot issues.

I always recommend parents to take their kids to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, so start by taking a look at a resource I created where I describe the best children fitting shoe stores by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

How to Order the Correct Shoe Size Online

If there are no shoe stores in your area, take a look at 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:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot length and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.

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.

The Best Shoes for Kids with Foot Pain ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The shoes below are for children who need extra support from their shoes, and they are all available in different widths such as medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW). Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

There are 2 very important features that these shoes provide:

✅ Extra Depth: This feature allows the child’s feet from fitting deeply inside the shoes, which helps prevent the child’s feet from rubbing against the top of the shoes. This feature also helps prevent blisters and corns.

✅ Rounder Toe-Box: This feature helps prevent your child’s toes from overlapping and rubbing against each other. This feature also helps prevent blisters, calluses, and corns.

Shoes don’t come labeled as “extra deep” or with “rounder toe-boxes”, but I know exactly which shoes provide these two features from having fitted them before.

Before you leave, I also want to make that your child wears the correct type of socks.

The Best Socks for Children – Seamless and Breathable!

Socks act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, and they prevent the formation and buildup of bacteria inside the shoes. The correct type of socks also help prevent your child from getting a foot infection.

The socks that I recommend are going to cushion your children’s feet and toes, and prevent them from rubbing against the shoes, as that constant friction can lead to blisters.

The issue is that most children refuse to wear socks with their shoes as they feel every bump and lump as soon as they put the socks on.

The good news is that the socks that I recommend 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. Below 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 that reads “sock size” or “age guidelines”. To provide your children 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 figure out your child’s correct sock size. Take a look at the image below for clarification:


Do not hesitate to contact me directly to my e-mail if you have any further questions. My e-mail address is: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com


I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kids feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

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