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Big Toe Overlapping The Second Toe – Best Shoes For Avoiding Kids’ Foot Pain

Big Toe Overlapping Second Toe

Have you noticed your child’s big toe overlapping the second toe? Has your child been complaining about foot pain? Are you having a hard time finding shoes that fit?

The most common reason why the big toe overlaps the second toe is wearing tight shoes (this involes shoes that are too short or too narrow).

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier specialty children’s shoe store, a leader in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in fitting children with foot and leg problems as well as provide regular shoe fittings for all children, whatever their needs are.

I have helped several children that were dealing with this issue find the correct pair of shoes to reduce or fully eliminate the pain.  The key is to find a pair of shoes that comes with a round toe-box (to prevent the toes from overlapping each other), and they must also be deep (the deeper the shoe, the deeper your kids’ feet will sit inside the shoes and prevent the toes from rubbing against the top of the shoe).

When our kids’ toes overlap or rub against each other they are more likely to develop blisters, calluses, or corns. Some other issues include the formation of ingrown toenails and even hammer toes.

Another reason why your kids’ toes might be overlapping each other is genetics, which normally includes Morton’s toe (unusually long second toe) and stiff tendons.

Something so simple such as providing your child with the correct pair of shoes will prevent all this issues from happening.

In this article I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes for children who are dealing with their big toe overlapping the second toe. However, before you provide your child with a pair of shoes, you must make sure that you are providing him or her with the correct shoe size.

The first thing for you to do is to find out your child’s exact shoe size. You must know your child’s foot length, and also your child’s foot width.  For example, do you know whther your child’s feet are narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide? Do you know whether your child has a high instep or not? If you don’t know what the instep of the foot is, you can’t be possible be providing your child with the correct pair of shoes.

The most effective way to find out your kids’ shoe size is to have their feet measured at your local children’s shoe store that you TRUST. Please don’t take your child to be fitted for shoes at places such as Nordstrom’s, Stride Rite, or Payless (they just don’t know how to fit kids’ shoes).

Not sure whether you have a good children’s shoe store in your area? I recently created an article with a map that describes the best children’s shoe stores by state. You can learn whether you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you can TRUST here:

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

If you don’t have a local children’s shoe store in your area and you are unsure about your child’s exact shoe size and whether he/she has a high instep or not, please take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the most effective way to figure out your child’s shoe size:

How To Buy Kids’ Shoes Online – STOP Getting Your Child The Wrong Shoe Size!

Now that you know your child’s exact shoe size, let’s take a look at what features the shoes that we provide for your child must provide.

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The Best Shoes For Your Child – Learn About The Features!

In order to prevent your child’s big toe to ovelap the second toe, we must find deep shoes that also come with a round toe box. However, the shoes must also provide the following features in order to keep your kids’ feet healthy:

  • Arch support: this will minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they become in contact with the ground.
  • Firm heel counter: this will provide ankle support and prevent ankle injuries.
  • Lightweight and Flexible: the shoes must be supportive but at the same time lightweight and flexible, so your child’s feet and legs don’t get tired easily.
  • Durability: your child should always outgrow his or her shoes before they get destroyed.

Now that you know what features we need to look for in your kids’ shoes and how to make sure that they are wearing the correct shoe size, I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes for children who have their big toe overlapping the second toe.

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Please keep in mind that I only recommend shoes that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to know what type of features the shoes provide, the quality that the shoes are made of, and also how they FIT.

Here is a selection of the best children’s shoes for kids that are dealing with their big toe overlapping the second toe:


The shoes in the first-row fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

The shoes in the second-row fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

Now that you know which are the best shoes for children who are dealing with their big toe overlapping the second toe you are ready to make the most informative decision!

How To Treat Overlapping Toes – Other Alternatives!

Providing your child with the correct pair of shoes is the most effective way to treat your child’s overlapping toes issues. However, there are certain over the counter products that you can purchase that will help treat the issue.

Here you can find the most effective over the counter products to treat overlapping toes:


Before you leave I wanted to let you know that socks play an important role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy.

Seamless Socks For Kids – Let’s Keep Their Feet Healthy!

 Socks play a key role in keeping our kids’ feet healthy and they do so much more than act as a barrier between our kids’ feet and the shoes (preventing the formation of bacteria inside the shoes). Socks can prevent your kids’ toes from freely moving inside the shoes and can be a direct cause of why your kids’ toes are overlapping each other.

In order to make sure your kids’ socks are not constricting toe movement, I always recommend parents to provide their children with a pair of seamless socks.

Seamless socks will allow extra space for your kids’ toes to freely move inside the shoes and prevent them from overlapping each other.

If you want to provide your child with a pair of seamless socks you can learn about the best styles in an article I wrote called:

Seamless Socks For Kids – Stop The Struggle Of Putting Socks On!

Do you happen to have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? I get contacted by parents daily asking me if I know about a good children’s shoe store in their area. If you happen to have one, please let us know in the comments section below so we can all benefit from your experience.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LET’S START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

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2 Comments on Big Toe Overlapping The Second Toe – Best Shoes For Avoiding Kids’ Foot Pain

  1. Our daughter has this issue and has struggled with pain. It’s a big relief to know that all of these options are out there to help her. Thank you for this article!

    • Hello Lexi,

      If you provide her with the correct shoe size (the correct shoe length and also the correct shoe width), any of the shoe styles I describe in this article will significantly reduce the pain she is experiencing.

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