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

Did you know that most kids won’t speak up when their feet or legs hurt? 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. The most effective way to significantly reduce or fully eliminate your children’s foot pain is to provide them with shoes that provide good support.

The Importance of Being Proactive – Don’t Take the “Wait and See Approach”

When parents contact me about their children having foot pain, I always advise them to take action immediately. Taking the “wait and see approach” might only lead to your child’s foot condition getting worse.

Let’s take a look at the following scenarios that will help you realize what is the medical term for that particular foot condition:

  • When a child complains of having pain in the bottom of the foot, this is probably due to your child being flat-footed.
  • When a child complains of having pain in the top of the foot, this is probably due to your child having a high instep.
  • When a child complains of having pain in the side of the feet, this is probably due to repetitive strain on the foot.
  • When a child complains of having pain in the back of the foot, this is probably due to your child having ankle pain.

Once you know exactly where your child’s foot pain is coming from, you are ready to take action and start by making sure that your child is wearing a pair of supportive shoes in the correct shoe size.

Three Important Shoe Features

The type of shoe your child should be wearing must have the following features:

1️⃣ Firm Heel Counters: This part of the shoe cushions and protects your kids’ ankles and provides lateral stability and ankle support.

2️⃣ Substantial Outsoles: This is the part of the shoe that helps support and cushion your kids’ feet and minimize the impact that their feet and legs receive every time they become in contact with the ground.

3️⃣ Arch Support: This feature prevents your child’s feet from turning inwards or outwards and allows your child to walk and run straighter.

Did you know that most children’s shoes don’t offer the appropriate amount of arch support? Shoe companies don’t want to invest in that part of the shoe that consumers don’t actually see (insoles of the shoe).

I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes based on your child’s foot condition. The shoes I will provide you with are my to-go shoes for when a child is experiencing foot or leg pain.

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Foot Pain Diagnosis Symptoms – Supportive Shoes!

Once you have identified where your child’s foot pain is coming from, then you are ready to choose the right pair of shoes to help treat and prevent the condition from getting worse. 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 the foot (arch pain), you can access a list of the best shoes with arch support to help treat and prevent the condition.

➡️ If your child is having pain in the top of the foot (instep), you can access the best deep shoes that will prevent the top part of your child’s feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.

➡️ If your child is having pain in the back of the foot (ankle), you can find here the best shoes that come with a firm heel counter.

Those articles describe the most effective shoes that will help treat and prevent your child’s foot condition.

If you are going to order your kids’ shoes online, you need to be 100% sure of your child’s foot size to begin with.

I always recommend parents take their children to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size to know what size to order.

Retrieving Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

I created a resource that showcases the best-fitting children’s shoe stores by state.

If after looking at that resource you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to take a look at an article I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home.

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I have put together a selection of the best shoes for children who are experiencing foot or leg pain. These are all shoe styles that I have fitted before which have been extremely effective in significantly reducing and in some cases fully eliminating the child’s foot and leg pain.

I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise, I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.

Below is a selection of shoes that come with a substantial outsole with arch support, a firm heel counter for ankle support, and they are also lightweight, flexible, and durable. Disclosure: Some links in this post may be affiliate links and we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Shoes for Kids with Foot Pain 

These shoes can fit children with medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW) feet.

Even though children do go through growing pains, I want to clarify that foot pain in children is not common or normal, and you should always take immediate action to prevent the condition from getting worse.

Other Options to Consider

If you provided your children with a pair of supportive shoes and the pain persists, you might have to look into getting them a pair of orthotics inserts. If this is the case with your child please contact me directly and I will be able to recommend a specific orthotic for your child’s feet. My email address is: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

It’s important to note that 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 particular shoe style that has worked well in treating the issue? Please share your findings in the comments section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.