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Foot Pain In The Bottom Of The Foot – Stop Your Child’s Foot Pain!

Flat Feet In Kids

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!

Flat Feet Problems

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: 

The Best Shoes With Arch Support – Stop Leg And Foot Pain!

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 should START by reading an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

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!

Are you dealing with foot pain in the bottom of the foot? I actually wrote an article where I describe the best shoes for women who are experiencing pain int he bottom of the foot and you can find it here:

Foot Pain In The Bottom Of The Foot – Let’s Start By Checking Your Shoes!

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!

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: 

Insoles For Flat Feet – Say Goodbye To Foot Pain

Aching Feet Remedies

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!


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10 Comments on Foot Pain In The Bottom Of The Foot – Stop Your Child’s Foot Pain!

  1. Sorry, it’s me again commenting in your website. I just can’t get enough of your posts!

    Just like you said many adult said “how lucky they would have been if their parents provided them with good supportive shoes while growing up!” So true, I am one of these people who wished to have better shoes while growing up. I had an issue about my child complaining about his feet hurting.

    My child has been complaining about foot pain for a month now! I noticed how the shoes he was wearing were very soft. I ordered the New Balance pair you recommend with shoe laces, and he stopped complaining about the pain! I love it, I really appreciate your information and your passion for what you do.

    • I am glad the pain stopped. Keep an eye on him though, keep providing him with good, supportive shoes. Never underestimate the importance of well, fitting shoes. They make a huge difference!

  2. This is a very informative article, I had no idea that when a child has foot pain at the bottom of their foot that it can be attributed to them being flat footed. I had no idea that a built-in arch support would fix the problem, this is good to know. So if a child is experiencing foot pain as a result of being flat footed and then they get a pair of well fitting shoes with arch support, how long will it take for the pain to go away?

    • You will first try a pair of good supportive shoes for your child. If the pain doesn’t go away in two weeks, you should consider buying a pair of orthotics to put in your child’s shoes.

      In certain cases, all the child needs is a pair of good supportive shoes. If you want to learn about the best shoes for children with arch support, you can find the information here: The Best Shoes With Arch Support – Stop Leg And Foot Pain!

  3. I have witnessed foot pain myself and I am amazed about what a difference a good fitting pair of supportive shoes can make.I always choose the New Balance brand for my kids since they have really wide feet. I know how a good pair of shoes will help with the foot pain! Do you have a list of the best shoes for kids’?

  4. Hey!

    You know since I was a child I have always complained about my feet hurting. Especially my right one more then the left foot. I have always ignored in and even as an adult never considered something could be wrong or it could be the shoes causing the problem. Honestly in the summer I am known to wear cheap flip flops with no arch. I can see I have a small arch in both feet but maybe It’s not a normal arch? I may have to google some images and compare my arch to normal arches. I’m a Hair stylist and need to find me some good shoes to stand in all day. What shoes would you recommend for standing? Maybe some that could work in the gym too?

    • Britni,

      Maybe you have a low arch, and all you need is a pair of good supportive shoes. Even if you don’t have a low arch,If you are having foot or leg pin, that is not normal and you should find a solution to this problem. For someone like you that is on her feet all day, you must wear good supportive shoes. Did you get a chance to read my women/kids’ shoe size conversion post?

      You will find a selection of some of the most supportive, durable shoes for kids’ that you might be able to wear. If you are a women shoe size 8 1/2 or less, you will be able to wear kids’ sneakers, which means you will pay half of the price you will pay for a women sneaker, and you will get the same support and structure out of the shoe. The post is called: Women And Kids Shoe Size Conversion Chart – Save Big Buying Kids Shoes!

  5. I’m obviously not a child. But lately the bottom of my feet have been hurting every now and then. I work security and for my job, we walk about 5 miles during an 8 hour shift…and it’s all on hard concrete floors. I also play soccer 3 days a week and that can get rough since my cleats are old. I currently have Asics GT-1000 5. I’m thinking of getting gel insoles or maybe newer shoes..but i dont know what brand or type o should get. Which would you recommend

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