Do you have a child at home that has been experiencing foot pain in the bottom of the foot? Has your child been complaining that it hurts every time he/she runs or engages in high impact activities? Does the pain intensify at night?
I am always telling parents that 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 parts of the body where he is not supposed to.
Take a look at the image of a flat footed child. Does it look familiar?
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over the last 10 years now and I specialize in fitting shoes for children who are experiencing foot and leg pain. Consistently, the right type of shoes and orthotics significantly reduced or completely eliminated the pain. I am familiar with the best shoe brands for children and the best shoe styles among those brands.
When children complain about pain in the bottom of the foot, that generally means that they are probably flat footed. However, most children experiencing pain in that particular area are not wearing the correct type of shoes.
Did you know that wearing unsupportive shoes is the most common cause of foot pain in the bottom of the foot?
I have noticed how most children who came to the shoe store referred by their physical therapist or pediatrician were wearing unsupportive shoes for their feet.Once they were fitted in the correct type of shoes the pain was significantly reduced, and in most cases completely eliminated.
Let me prove this to you…
Let’s take a look at a picture of a child with flat feet wearing two different pair of shoes. The first picture shows a child wearing a pair of unsupportive shoes. Do you notice how her feet are collapsing and turning inwards?
The second picture shows the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes. The arch support and the heel support from the shoes are helping align the child’s feet? This will allow your child to walk and run straighter.
NEVER underestimate the importance of well fitting shoes. Most children’s foot problems are due to the shoes that they wear and how they fit.
It’s time to reduce or completely eliminate the foot pain that your child is experiencing, and I will guide you through the process of finding the best supportive shoes for children that have foot pain in the bottom of the foot.
I will show you a selection of the best shoes with arch support for children, but first I want you to get familiar with what features these shoes must provide and how to make sure that you provide your child with the correct shoe size.
Is Your Child Complaining About Foot Pain? – Steps to Take!
The first step to take when a child is complaining about foot pain is not to ignore it. Most pediatricians will tell parents to leave it alone as it might be growing pains or a condition that the child will outgrow soon. Can you relate to this? I get contacted by parents daily telling me how they took their child to the pediatrician but were told that the child will eventually outgrow the pain.
I recommend parents to start by taking a look at the shoes the child is wearing. Remember that the pain might be happening because your child is not wearing shoes that are supportive enough. A good supportive shoe will minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
There are 2 key features that the shoes must provide for children who are flat footed:
- Built-in arch support: This feature will prevent your children’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards or outwards, which will lead to improving their overall posture and prevent them from putting pressure in parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to.
- A firm heel counter: This is the part of the shoes that provides ankle support, and the firmer it is the better. This feature will help align your kids’ ankles and also prevent them from rolling inwards or outwards.
If you provide your child with a pair of shoes that provide both of these features, chances are that the pain will be significantly reduced or fully eliminated. If the shoe that your child is currently wearing already provides these two features and your child is still experiencing foot pain, that means that you may have to provide your child with a pair of orthotics for extra arch and ankle support.
Where Can You Find Shoes with Good Arch Support? – Let’s Find Out!
First of all, buying shoes for your child that provide good arch and ankle support doesn’t automatically translate them into 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 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 in their area that they trust.
If you must purchase 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 child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know what features your kids’ shoes must provide and how to make sure you provide them with the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at the best kids’ shoes for foot pain in the bottom of the foot.
The Best Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are and how they fit.
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 medium, wide, or extra wide feet (as long as you choose the shoe width accordingly).
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 standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device) in order to allow for growing room.
Please keep in mind that I always recommend shoelaces over Velcro closure, especially for a child that is experiencing foot pain. The main reason for this is that shoelaces will provide more support and more stability to your child’s feet.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you happen to have a child with narrow feet please contact me directly and I will be able to tell you which shoe styles to choose from.
If you don’t seem to like any of the shoe options that I recommend, you should take a look at another article I wrote where I describe 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 extra arch support.
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:
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 significantly reduce or completely eliminate the pain.
Is Your Child Still Complaining About Foot Pain?- Next Steps
If your child’s foot pain still persists after wearing supportive shoes for a period of three to five months, you should strongly consider getting an orthotic.
An orthotic is basically a shoe insert that is specifically designed to provide cushioning, support, stability, and relief pressure areas of the foot. It 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 unnecessary stress on their muscles and joints.
While I can’t get into too much detail about which are the best orthotics for children in this article, I wrote another post about the best orthotics for children with flat feet that will show you which is the most supportive orthotic and how to fit it in the shoes. The post is called:
The Secret to Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy – REVEALED!
Most parents who come to the 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, leg, and back 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.
Before trying orthotics, undergoing surgery, or going to your physical therapist, start by providing your child with a pair of supportive shoes, and make sure that they are wearing the correct shoe size. You will be amazed with the results!
Most of the time all your child will need to stop foot and leg pain is to wear the correct pair of shoes.
Do you have a child that is experiencing pain in the bottom of the foot? Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well in reducing or fully eliminating the pain? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can all benefit from them!