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 significant reduce or fully eliminate your children’s foot pain is to provide them with shoes that provide good support.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on 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.
When parents contact me about their children having foot pain, I always advice them to take action immediately.
Let’s take a look at the following scenarios that will help you realize what is the medical term is 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.
The type of shoe your child should be wearing must have the following features:
✅ Firm Heel Counter: This is the part of the shoe that will cushion and protect your kids’ ankles and provide lateral stability and ankle support.
✅ Substantial Sole: This is the part of the shoe that will 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.
✅ Arch Support: This feature will prevent your child’s feet from turning inwards or outwards and allow 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.
Foot Pain Diagnosis Symptoms –
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 find the best shoes to help treat, and prevent the condition in another article I wrote below. These shoes will also significantly reduce or fully eliminate your child’s foot pain. Go to the link below:
- If your child is having pain in the top of the foot (instep), you can find the best deep shoes that will prevent the top part of your chid’s feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes in another article I wrote. Please go to the link below:
- If your child is having pain in the back of the foot (ankle), you can find the best shoes that come with a firm heel counter in the article below:
Those articles will describe you the most effective shoes that will help treat and prevent your child’s foot condition.
I always recommend parents to 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 in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
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.
The Best Shoes for Kids with Foot 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.
Here is a selection of shoes that come with a substantial sole with arch support, a firm heel counter for ankle support, and they are also lightweight, flexible, and durable.
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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.
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.
If you provided your children with a pair of supportive shoes and the pain still 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.
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 below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.