Did you know that most kids’ won’t speak up when something hurts? Children don’t normally say anything when they are having any sort of foot or leg discomfort, and when they do, it’s because the pain has intensified considerably!
I have been fitting children’s shoes for over 6 years now, and I have helped children whom had all sort of foot problems, but before we attack the problem, we must know where the pain is coming from! Children might experience foot pain in the bottom, top, side, or back of the foot.
Let’s take a look at the following scenarios that will help you realize where the pain is coming from exactly, and what the medical term is for that particular condition:
- When a child complains of having pain in the bottom of his foot, this is probably due to your child being flat footed.
- When a child complains of having pain in the top of his foot, this is probably due to your child having a high instep.
- When a child complains of having pain in the side of his feet, this is probably due to repetitive strain on the foot.
- When a child complains of having pain in the back of his foot, this is probably due to your child having ankle pain.
Once you know exactly where the pain is coming from, you are ready to attack the problem! If your child is having foot or leg pain, the first step is to make sure your child is wearing a pair of good, supportive shoes and the correct shoe size!
The type of shoe your child should be wearing must have the following features:
- A very firm heel counter (this is what provides ankle support).
- A thick, supportive sole (this is what reduces the impact on your kids’ feet and legs).
- A shoe that provides arch support (this will prevent your child from walking inwards)
If you are providing your child with good, supportive shoes, and the pain still persists, you might have to look into getting him a pair of orthotics inserts. However, I have experienced that 80% of the time the pain goes away after wearing the right type of shoes.
In this post I will describe the best shoes for children that are suffering from foot or leg pain!
The Importance Of Supportive And Well Fitting Shoes!
Please remember this: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF WELL FITTING SHOES. I have helped several families that were extremely concerned about their children’s feet and legs hurting, and they were amazed at the difference that good, supportive shoes made in their children daily lives.
Did you know that most children’s shoes don’t offer the appropriate arch support? Shoe companies don’t want to invest in the part of the shoe that consumers don’t actually see, like the insoles of the shoe.
There are companies that sell extra support insoles like Super Feet, and they do very well providing this product because shoe companies are not delivering the proper support in their shoes! However, there are several children’s shoes that do offer the appropriate arch and heel support, and I will show you which ones they are in this post.
How Do I Choose Good Supportive Shoes For My Child’s Feet?
Once we have identified where your child’s foot pain is coming from, then we are ready to choose the right pair of shoes for them. Choosing the right shoe for a specific type of foot pain for your child is not easy, which is why I had created different posts that explain the BEST shoes for each particular foot condition.
- If your child is having pain in the bottom of his foot (arch pain), you can find the best shoes to reduce or eliminate the pain in this post:
The Best Shoes With Arch Support
- If your child is having pain in the top of his foot (instep), you can find the best shoes to reduce or eliminate the pain in this post:
The Best Shoes For High Instep
- If your child is having pain in the back of his foot (ankle), you can find the best shoes to reduce or eliminate the pain in this post:
Heel Cups For Kids
If you have tried a good, supportive shoe and the pain persists after 3 to 5 months of wearing them, you can always provide your child with a pair of orthotics and see if the pain reduces or disappears.
Here is a post about the best shoe inserts for children that have foot or leg pain:
Insoles For Flat Feet – Say Goodbye To Foot Pain
Getting The Right Shoe Size – Learn The Secret!
Before I show you the most supportive shoes for a child that is having foot or leg pain, I want you to understand the importance of providing your child with the correct shoe size. It doesn’t matter how supportive the shoe is, if it’s not the right size, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoe has to offer!
Always take your child to your local children’s shoe store. They will measure your kids’ feet and find the best type of shoes that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet! However, if you don’t have a local kids’ shoe store, read this post that explains how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:
The Best Shoes For Foot Pain – The Secret Revealed!
I always recommend that parents take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can assess your child’s feet and legs and recommend shoes accordingly. If you don’t have a local shoe store that you trust, below you can find the best shoes for a child that is experiencing foot or leg pain!
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for children that are experiencing leg or foot pain:
The shoes below will fit a child that has narrow, medium, or wide feet (choose the width accordingly).
This first selection of shoes 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 below will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
This selection of shoes 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.
Several parents have contacted me asking me where they can purchase their kids’ shoes online, since they don’t have a local shoe store in their area. I wrote a post where I describe the best place to buy your kids’ shoes online:
Even though children do go through growing pains, I want to clarify that foot pain in children is not common or normal, and it should be treated as soon as you catch it. Nowadays, children don’t seem to stretch as much as they did before and stretching is a great way to help alleviate the foot or leg pain that they might be experiencing.
Is your child experiencing any sort of foot or leg pain? Have you found a pair of shoes to attack the problem? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!