Has your child been experiencing foot pain in the bottom of his or her foot? Have they been complaining that it hurts every time they run? Does the pain intensify at night? Foot pain in children is NOT normal, but you shouldn’t panic!
Foot pain in the bottom of the foot normally means that your child is flat footed. Did you know that fallen arches, or flat feet, occurs when the arches of the feet flatten out leading to foot pain? This might cause your child to walk inwards, putting excess pressure on his feet and legs where there shouldn’t be!
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 6 years now and I have fitted children who were experiencing foot and leg pain. Consistently, the right type of shoes and orthotics reduced or completely eliminated the pain!
When a child complains about pain in the bottom of the foot, that means that he is probably flat footed. However, most children with pain there likely have a poor choice of shoes. Wearing unsupported shoes is the most common cause of foot pain in the bottom of the foot! I have seen hundreds of children who come to the shoe store referred by their physical therapist or pediatrician because they were having foot pain. Most of these children were wearing flimsy, unsupported shoes on their feet!
NEVER underestimate the importance of well fitting shoes! Most children’s foot problems are due to their shoes and the way they fit.
The only thing those children need is a pair of good, supportive shoes to get rid of the pain!
It’s time to stop the pain your child is experiencing, and I will guide you through the process of finding the best supportive shoes for children that have foot pain due to flat feet!
Most children like to engage in strenuous activities that involve running or jumping. If your feet were hurting, you would immediately seek a way to stop the pain, right? Well, let me help you find a way to relieve to your kids’ pain by showing you the best shoes with arch support for children!
What Steps To Take When Your Child Is Complaining About Foot Pain?
The first step to take when your child is having foot pain is to take a look at the shoes he or she is wearing. Remember that the pain might be happening because your child is not wearing shoes that are supportive enough. A supportive shoe provides arch and ankle support, and they should be worn every day to get the full benefits of the shoes. A good supportive shoe will also minimize the impact that our kids’ feet receive every time they hit the ground!
There are three features that a shoe MUST have in order to provide good support for our kids’ feet:
- A built-in arch support.
- A firm heel counter.
- A durable sole.
If you provide your child with a pair of everyday shoes that have these three features, chances are that the pain will disappear! If the shoe has these three features and your child is still experiencing leg or foot pain, that means you may have to provide him with a pair of orthotics for extra arch and ankle support. However, most of the time the pain disappears after wearing a good supportive shoe.
Where Do I Find Shoes With Good Arch Support? Stop The Pain!
First of all, buying shoes for your child that provide good support, doesn’t automatically make them more expensive shoes. These shoes might be the same price as other regular shoes, you just need to know how to identify them so you can provide your child with good, supportive shoes.
I actually wrote a post about the best shoes for children with foot pain and it’s called:
In that post you will not only learn about how to reduce and eliminate your kids’ foot pain, but I also describe which are the best shoes for children who need arch support!
I always recommend that parents take their children to their local kids’ shoe store where they can be properly fitted for shoes. However, several parents have contacted me asking me where they can buy their kids’ shoes online, since they don’t have a local children’s shoe store that they trust n their area!
If you must buy your kids’ shoes online (remember it is always better to go to the shoe store), you can read a post I wrote where I describe the best place to buy kids’ shoes online called:
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for children that have flat feet and are experiencing foot or leg 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.
These shoes are also available in different widths: medium, wide and extra wide! So it doesn’t matter what type of shape your child’s foot is, you can get him or her the correct width to make sure you are providing them with the correct shoe size!
I have fitted all these shoes and I know how supportive they are. They actually have proven to reduce, or completely eliminate the pain the the child was experiencing before. Foot pain at the bottom of your kids’ foot is not normal, and you must take the necessary steps to find a solution to reduce or eliminate the pain completely!
It all starts with wearing a pair of good, supportive shoes, but you must also make sure that you are providing your child with the correct shoe size. Here is a post that describes how to make sure your child is wearing the correct pair of shoes:
My Child Is Still Complaining About His Foot Pain!
If your child’s foot pain persists after wearing supportive shoes for three to five months, you should strongly consider getting an orthotic. Our goal here is to reduce and eliminate your kids’ foot pain. An orthotic will work well for children who have problems with flat feet because they correct the bio-mechanics of the child’s walking and running gait, which makes it easier for their feet to absorb shock without putting painful and unnecessary stress on their muscles and joints.
I wrote a post about the best insoles for children with flat feet that will show you which ones are the best supportive insoles and how to fit them in the shoes. The post is called:
The Secret To Eliminate Your Kids’ Foot Pain! – REVEALED!
Sometimes parents who come in the children shoe store that I work for will tell me stories about how they wished their parents provided them with good shoes when they were young, just so they wouldn’t have to experience foot pain as an adult. They say that they have to deal with their feet or legs hurting, and sometimes the pain even moves to their lower back.
I always take a look at their shoes, and I can immediately tell whether the shoes are supportive enough, and whether they are wearing the correct shoe size!
Before trying orthotics, undergoing surgery, or going to your physical therapist, START BY WEARING GOOD, SUPPORTIVE SHOES, AND HAVING THEM FITTED IN THE CORRECT SHOE SIZE. YOU WILL BE AMAZED WITH THE RESULTS!
Since our children’s shoe store carries shoe sizes all the way up to size 12 men’s ( some teenage boys can easily wear these sizes) I suggest that parents try a well-fitted shoe, and experience the difference themselves.
Some parents will come back to the store telling me how the pain was significantly reduced, or completely eliminated! It feels good to make such a difference in a person’s life, with something so simple as providing them with the correct pair of shoes.
This proves that sometimes all you need is the correct pair of shoes to stop experiencing foot or leg pain. Please make sure you have your child properly fitted at your local shoe store, and if you don’t have a local shoe store that you trust, now you know the best shoes for children with flat feet!
Do you have a child that is experiencing pain in the bottom of the foot? Have you found a particular shoe that has worked well and reduced or eliminated the pain? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit it from them!