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Foot Pain in the Toes – The Best Shoes to Eliminate Your Kids’ Toe Pain!

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Has your child been complaining about pain in the toes? Did you know that the most common cause of toe pain is wearing shoes that are too short or too narrow?

Furthermore, did you know that most kids that experience foot problems often go undiagnosed?

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a specialty children’s shoe store. We specialize in fitting children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.

I am going to provide you with a selection of the deepest shoes with the roundest toe-boxes to help prevent and treat toe pain, but first let me explain you the importance of providing your child with the correct shoe size.

If your child complains about toe pain, the first step is to check that the shoes that your child is wearing are not too short or too narrow.

Shoes that are too short or too narrow will cramp your kids’ toes and lead to painful blisters, calluses, and corns. On the other hand, shoes that are too large or too wide will allow your child’s feet to move too much inside the shoes and that constant friction between the toes and the shoes will also lead to the same foot issues mentioned above.

This is the main reason why you have to fit your kids’ shoes just right!

If you are unsure of your child’s exact foot size, I suggest that you start by reading an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home:

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

While there might be several reasons why your child might be experiencing foot pain, the first step is to check that the shoes are not the ones causing the issue.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Toe Pain?

Shoes come in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide. 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.

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 form rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Let’s visualize the difference between a pair of shoes with extra depth versus a shallow one:

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Rounder Toe-Boxes: Shoes with rounder toe-boxes prevent the child’s feet from overlapping or rubbing against one another. Take a look at the image below to visualize the difference between a shoe with a rounder toe-box versus one with a pointier toe-box.

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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.

In this article, I will describe the best shoes for children with foot pain in the toes.

New Balance is my go-to shoe brand when a child needs a pair of deeper or wider shoes. I have fitted most of their shoe styles before and I can confidently tell you that they are much deeper and wider than other shoe brands.

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.

The Best Shoes for Foot Pain in the Toes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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). Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

These are 2 additional features that the shoes I recommend provide:

Supportive: This feature is going to minimize the impact that your child’s feet take every time they become in contact with the ground.

Lightweight and Flexible: This feature helps prevent your kids’ feet and legs from easily getting tired.

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Socks for Kids with Toe Pain – Seamless Socks!

While shoes remain the number one contributing factor for toe pain, socks play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet and toes healthy as well. Let’s put it this way, the shoes and socks work together in keeping your kids’feet healthy.

One important factor that parents tend to oversee is the importance of wearing the correct type of sock (seamless) and the correct sock size. The main purpose of socks is to act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the formation of bacteria inside the shoes.

You must provide your child with the correct sock size in order for the toes not to get cramped and rub against each other. Socks that are too small can constrict toe movement and make your kids’ toes to overlap each other, leading to toe pain.

If you want to learn more about the best seamless socks for children and how to make sure you get the correct sock size, take a look at an article I wrote called:

Seamless Socks For Kids – Stop The Struggle Of Putting Socks On!

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What to Do When the Shoes Fit and The Pain Persists?

There might be certain cases where even though the child is wearing the correct type of shoes and the correct type of socks, the pain will persist.

If your kids’ toes seem to be particularly in pain when you touch them, walk or run, and they are struggling to sleep because of the pain or can’t do their everyday activities that they normally enjoy, then I would recommend that you take your child to a specialist.

I met a family with a child  that was wearing the correct type of shoes and socks, and had blood work done in order to rule out iron or vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, gout or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

When the family took the child to a different specialist, he identified the problem as limb length discrepancy (one leg longer than the other).

The family returned to the shoe store and I fitted the child in a pair of shoes with an extra thick insole on the right shoe to compensate for the discrepancy and the pain was completely gone!

After that experience I decided to write an article for children with leg discrepancy for those parents who need guidance in that subject and you can find that article here:

Heel Lifts For Leg Length Discrepancy – The Best Solution To Your Kids’Leg Length Discrepancy!

Do you happen to know of a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? I get contacted by parents daily asking me if I know about a good children’s shoe store in their area.

That is the reason why, I recently created an article that showcases the best children’s shoe stores by state, so if you want to know whether you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you can trust please refer to an article I wrote called:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If you happen to know of a good children’s shoe store in your area, please let us know in the comments section below so we can all benefit from your experience.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LETS START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

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