Foot Pain Diagnosis Symptoms – Learn How To Stop Your Kids’ Foot Pain

Diagnosing Foot Pain

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)

Kids Heel Pain

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

Foot Pain In Kids

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:

How Can I Make Sure My Kids’ Shoes Fit? – Learn The Secret Here!

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 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.

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: 

Kids Shoes On Amazon – Is Amazon The Best Place To Buy Your Kids’ Shoes?

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!

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

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 kid’s feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

12 Comments on Foot Pain Diagnosis Symptoms – Learn How To Stop Your Kids’ Foot Pain

  1. Hello,

    Good article on kids foot pain and shoes! Your tips help a great deal to narrow down what the problem might be. I never realized so many kids had feet pain before reading your article, it seems to me the shoe companies need to address kids feet issues more seriously.

    How is the best way to choose a good shoe for your child, there are so many shoes to choose from how do you know if you are buying one which is the best fit for your child?

    • Hello Jeffrey,

      That’s an interesting question, how to actually know if you are buying a shoe that fits the shape of your child best. Is always better to take your child to your local kids’ shoe store, where a shoe fitter will make sure your child leaves the store wearing the perfect pair of shoes.

      If you don’t have a local kids’ shoe store in your area that you trust, I wrote a post that explains exactly how to make sure your kids’ shoes fit. You can find that post here: How Can I Make Sure My Kids’ Shoes Fit? – Learn The Secret Here!

  2. Wow! There was some really great information here! I have 4 kids and I have never put much more thought into the shoes I buy them than how hard of a hit my bank account might take! I did not know that my kiddos could be suffering from foot pain and not even tell me that. Thank you for sharing the different areas that the foot will hurt depending on the situation the child is dealing with. What are your thoughts on sharing shoes? With 4 kids there have been times when we have done hand-me-down shoes and now after this I am thinking twice about that. Do shoes form specific to the child’s foot? And if so, can they even be reformed to another child’s? Finally, I have always heard this debate discussed, but what is your recommendation for shoes for children who are learning to walk? I have heard that new walkers should learn without shoes because it’s easier. Then I have also heard that they should learn to walk with shoes because if they don’t and then you put shoes on them, they may have to learn to re-walk. What is your take on this based on what you have seen in your profession? Thanks again for some great info! This was a very helpful post!

    • Tatiana,

      Never use hand-me-down shoes, they can create all sort of foot problems to your child! I only recommend unsing hand-me-down shoes such as snow boots or rain boots, but NEVER sneakers!I understand it’s hard to purchase shoes for kids’when they are constantly outgrowing them, specially when you have 4 kids! However, you will end up saving a lot of money in the future by properly taking care of your kids feet!

      To answer your first question: Yes, shoes tend to form to the shape of the child’s foot. Once another child wears them they might be too stretched out and non-supportive.

      To answer your second question: Let children who are learning how to walk barefoot at home, and when you take them outside to the playground or the mall get them what I call transitions shoes. I describe this into more detail here: First Walking Shoes – Picking The Perfect First Shoes

  3. I never really considered that my child’s leg pain could be prevented by buying a well-selected supportive pair of shoes. I was thinking that perhaps, he’s just moving and running too much. He has been complaining about foot and leg pain for a while now, and I thought it was growing pains, but now I am starting to think is the shoes he is wearing. What he currently has are rubber shoes that are not really meant for very energetic kids like him. Thanks for your recommendations! I’ll be checking these out.

    • Cassia,

      Make sure you provide him with a pair of good, supportive shoes, and also make sure you get him the correct shoe size. Do you have a kids’ shoe store in your area that you trust? Fitting children shoes requires knowledge and experience, but a pair of well-fitted shoes might be all he needs to stop his foot and leg pain.

      Here you can find the most supportive shoes for kids’ that are experiencing foot or leg pain:The Best Shoes With Arch Support – Stop Leg And Foot Pain!

  4. Hello Juan!

    My child was suffering from foot and leg pain and our physical therapist had no clue what was going on. I ordered a pair of the shoes you recommend here and she stopped complaining about pain! It worked and I am so happy it was something so simple as the pair of shoes! I bookmarked your website. Thanks man!

    • Hello Christian!

      I am glad the pain stopped! Make sure you keep an eye on her feet and replace the shoes as soon as she outgrows them! Keep her in good, supportive shoes, it seems that’s all she needed!

  5. this was one of the most original sites I have ever seen on kids feet! Personally I know how important it is to have the right shoe, being a diabetic, shoe fit is extremely important and it behoves me that so many parents do not realize that. I think your advise to parents on how to determine what is causing there pain and just the fact that kids do not generally complain about pain until it is significant is great information. Giving the details of how to tell where the pain is being actually caused based on where they are having it, is really good information.

    I wished I had a children’s shoe store in my area but I don’t and I need to buy my kids’ shoes online. Do you recommend a particular website to get shoes for kids’?

  6. Very informative post, especially where you go into detail on the different types of foot pain.
    I find it disturbing when purchasing expensive walking or running sneakers, the insole is not as supportive as it should be. I always purchase better insoles and replace them. What are your thoughts on this?
    How often should we be buying new sneakers if we’ve stopped growing?

    • Hello Karen,

      It actually depends on how active you are and how often you wear your shoes. If you exercise regularly and like to run a lot, you should be replacing your shoes every 2 years, or as soon as they start showing signs of wear and tear.

      Did you know that if you wear a women shoe size 81/2 or smaller you can get the kids’ version of the shoes? The shoes will provide the same support and structure, but you will pay half of the price for them! I explain this into more detail here: Women And Kids Shoe Size Conversion Chart – Save Big Buying Kids Shoes!

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