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Foot Pain in Big Toe – The Best Shoes to Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy


I decided to write an article to describe the best shoes for kids that are dealing with foot pain in their big toe, as I have been contacted by several families who are dealing with this same issue. Fitting children in shoes that are too short or too narrow usually leads to foot pain in big toe.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes – Over a Decade of Shoe Fitting Experience!

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a specialty children’s shoe store where we specialize in fitting children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, and we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes for kids with foot issues.


What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Toe Pain?

If your child has been complaining about toe pain, a shoe that comes with a wide and round toe-box and that provides extra depth is going to be effective in reducing, or fully eliminating the pain that your child is experiencing.

1️⃣ Extra Depth: Shoes that provide extra depth allow your child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of your kids’ toes from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.


2️⃣ Rounder Toe-Boxes: Shoes with rounder toe-boxes prevent the child’s feet from overlapping or rubbing against one another.


I have spoken with several parents who have taken their children to see a specialist about their toe pain, but they haven’t managed to identify the problem.

Every time I recommend a particular shoe is because I have fitted that shoe style before, as that is the only way for me to know how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Shoes for Foot Pain in the Big Toe ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for kids with foot pain in the toes that are available in medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW).

What Shoe Size Should You Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes, I indicate whether you need to order a half size or a whole size bigger than your child’s current foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

Shoes are a direct cause of toe pain. The most common reason why children experience foot pain in the big toe is from wearing shoes that are too short or too narrow. Let’s make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size, so you can order the correct shoe size online:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

If your child has narrow feet you can send me an email so I can provide you with specific shoe recommendations:



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

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