Are you having a hard time finding a pair of shoes to accommodate your child’s bunions? Do you feel like you try a whole bunch of different styles but you always end up empty handed?
Finding a pair of shoes for a child with bunions can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for.
I am always explaining to parents how the most effective way to treat and prevent bunions is from wearing the correct type of shoes.
The proper term for a bunion is Hallux Valgus. You might be asking yourself: Why did my child develop a bunion? It is believed to be caused by genetics and is hereditary. If your child has developed a bunion, you should’t worry too much. While a bunion can be extremely painful, wearing the correct type of shoes is the most effective way to stop the pain and eliminate discomfort.
There are only certain type of shoes that will accommodate a bunion. Most parents make the common mistake of thinking that providing their children with an extra wide shoe will automatically reduce the pressure on the bunion. There are actually 2 other key features that the shoes must provide:
✅ Extra Depth: This will allow your child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the bunion and the top part of the feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.
✅ Rounder Toe-Box: This feature will prevent the bunion from being pressed against the side of the shoes.
While there is only a small selection of shoes that provides those two features and that are also available in wide and extra wide widths, the good news is that I will help you find them.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
Let’s see if you knew these facts about Hallux Valgus and how they can affect your children’s feet:
- Did you know that hallux valgus occurs more often in girls than in boys?
- Did you know that shoes that are too short may also contribute to the development of bunions in children? (though genetics remains the number one cause)
- Did you know that kids with flat feet tend to have higher occurrences of bunions?
The biggest issue of dealing with a bunion is that the pain will not only come from the bunion itself, since this condition will indirectly affect other parts of your feet. Your child will change his/her walking gait and this will affect the toes.
Let me prove this to you..
Let’s take a look at a picture of a person with a bunion that is dealing with blisters and corns on her toes from having a bunion:
I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes to help treat and prevent a Hallux Valgus deformity, but first I want to show you how you can figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.
Are You 100% Sure of Your Toddler’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Like I mentioned before, purchasing a pair of extra wide shoes for your child and hoping that the shoes won’t rub onthe bunion is just not enough. We must find shoes that come in extra wide widths that are also deep enough for you kids’ feet to fit comfortably in the shoe. This will prevent the bunion from rubbing against the shoe.
Now that you know what features the shoes I will describe below will provide and how to figure out your child’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best shoes for Hallux Valgus deformity.
The Best Shoes for Hallux Valgus Deformity ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Below you will find the best shoes styles that come in wide and extra wide widths for children. These are also the deeper styles that come with the roundest toe-boxes.
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All of these shoe styles 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.
The Best Socks for Children with Bunions – Seamless Socks!
If your child has developed a bunion, wearing the correct type of sock will also help reduce the pain.
Socks are important because they act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the formation and build-up of bacteria inside the shoes.
There are certain types of socks that are seamless and will allow your kids’ toes to freely move, preventing them from overlapping or rubbing against one another.
While I can’t get into too much detail about which are the best seamless socks for children in this article, you should refer to another article I wrote where I describe them in more detail. Please go to the link below:
Seamless socks are also great for children with sensitive feet who feel every bump and lump.
Shoes play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet and legs healthy. Providing your children with the correct type of shoes will end up saving you a lot of time and money in the future.
Please keep in mind that surgery should only be a last resort for children who have persistent and significant pain.
Always take your children seriously when they complain about foot or leg pain. Remove their shoes immediately and look for redness around their feet and make sure the big toe or the small toe are not being pressed against the sides of the shoes.
There will be certain cases in which even after trying the widest shoes, your child still will feel like his/her bunion is being pressed against by the shoes.
Have you ever heard of something called a shoe stretcher? I have used a shoe stretcher for children who suffer from foot condition such as bunions, hemihypertrophy, or six toes. Shoe stretchers are extremely effective in helping stretch the shoes in the widest area. I describe how shoe stretchers work in more detail in another article. Go to the link below:
The only time that surgery is recommended is if the child is facing a considerable amount of pain, since chances are that the bunion will return even after surgery! Most of the time, a child who has a bunion also has flat feet or overpronation. If your children are pronating excessively, they might be putting excessive pressure on their big toe, preventing it’s normal function.
Now that you know which are the best shoes to accommodate your child’s bunions, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are ever having trouble finding a particular shoe styles for your child’s feet. It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.
Do you have a child who has developed a bunion? How about you, parents, are you suffering from a bunion? Have you found shoes that helped relieve the pain? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!