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Hallux Valgus Deformity – WARNING: Even Children Can Develop Bunions!

Kids With Bunions

Has your child developed a bunion? Did you know that wearing the correct pair of shoes is the most effective way to prevent the progression of bunions? I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 6 years now, and I handle 200 fittings/try ons per week. I have helped numerous children with foot issues, and I know everything related to kids’ feet!

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!

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 pronation. If your child is pronating excessively, he might be putting excessive pressure on his big toe, preventing it’s normal function!

Let’s see if you knew these facts about hallux valgus and how they can affect your kids’ feet!

  • Did you know that hallux valgus occurs more often in girls than boys?
  • Did you know that shoes that are too short may also contribute to the development of bunions in kids? (though genetics remains the number one cause)
  • Did you know that kids with flat feet tend to have higher occurrences of bunions?
  • Did you know that a lot of children are wearing the wrong shoe size, which puts them at risk for developing several foot issues including as bunions?

Developing a bunion can be a very painful experience. Do you know the MOST effective way to prevent the progression of bunions? Wearing the correct shoe size!

Shoes play a key role in keeping our kids’ feet and legs healthy! I always recommend taking your child to your local children’s shoe store that you trust, where a shoe fitter will guide you through the process of properly fitting your kids’ shoes. However, not all kids shoe stores are the same! I wrote a post about the best place to buy your kids shoes, and you can find it here:

The Best Place To Buy Kids Shoes – Avoid Stride Rite, Nordstrom, Payless…

Children With Bunions

STOP The Pain! – Provide Your Child With The Correct Pair Of Shoes!

Did you know that there’s nothing more painful for your kids’ feet than wearing shoes that are too narrow that press on the bunion? It is important to know that shoes come in different widths like mediumwide, and extra wide!

As important as the width of a shoe is, getting shoes in wide or extra wide doesn’t guarantee that they will fit a child’s feet who is suffering from a bunion.


Shoes have different toe-boxes, and some of them rounder than others. I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 6 years now, and I have fit all sorts of children’s feet, from narrow to extra wide! We also specialize in fitting children with foot problems such as flat feetpronation, and bunions… among many others!

I know exactly which shoes provide more support and fit better than others. I will describe the deepest and widest shoes most helpful to children who are suffering from a bunion!

Kids Bunions

How Can I Make Sure My Child Is Wearing The Right Pair Of Shoes?

You probably think that you just need to provide your child with a pair of extra wide shoes to make sure the shoes will not press in the bunion.

WRONG! There is so much more to it than that!

The extra wide width means the shoes will be wider than others, but it doesn’t mean they are the best fitting shoes for your kids’ feet. Did you know that shoes that are deeper tend to fit better? This is not something that is common knowledge or on the label of a shoe, this is something that I have learnedfrom fitting thousands of kids’ shoes! I am here to help you find the best fitting shoes for your kid!

I do genuinely care about kids, and it bothers me when parents don’t provide them with some of the most basic things that they need, such as a pair of well fitting shoes!

Let’s say you bought your child the widest pair of shoes that you could find, and they are still putting pressure on your kids bunionRelax! I will help you find shoes that fit! However, in certain cases children have such wide feet that we need the help of a shoe stretcher. Have you ever heard of something called a shoe stretcher? We use shoe stretchers at work when we need to fit a child in the widest possible shoe, but even that shoe is still not wide enough! I wrote a post about the best shoe stretchers for kids with extra wide feet. The post is called:

Do Shoe Stretchers Work? – The Solution To Kids With Wide And Extra Wide Feet

Best Shoes For Bunions

How Do I Find Wide Or Extra Wide Shoes For My Child?

Unfortunately, wide and extra wide shoes for children are becoming harder and harder to find! At the children’s shoe store that I work for, we carry every single kids’ shoe made by shoe companies in wide or extra wide. We have a high demand for these shoes since we are a kids’ shoe fitting store that also fits orthotics.

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.

Below you will find the best selection of wide and extra wide widths shoes for children as well as the deeper shoe styles that I have fitted before!

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.

The shoes in the first-row 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 in the second-row 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 A Child With A Bunion! – Magical Socks

If your child has developed a bunion, wearing the correct sock size and the correct sock type will help reduce the pain. Provide your child with a pair of seamless socks so that your kids’ toes do not cramp against one another.  A shoe made out of stretchy material is also helpful. I wrote a post where I describe this in more detail, the post is called:

The Importance Of Wearing Socks – Grippers Or No Grippers?

Prevent Foot Pain – The Secret Of The Best Kids’ Shoes Revealed!

I have been fitting children’s shoes for a long time now, and I have seen the positive impact that well fitted shoes can have in our kids’ life. However, wearing the wrong pair of shoes can lead to several foot issues! If you have read any of my previous post you should know this by now:


Shoes play a HUGE role in keeping our kids’ feet and legs healthy. Let me emphasize the word HUGE! Simply wearing the right pair of shoes will save you a lot of money in the future!

Now you know how to take care of your kids’ bunions. Please remember that surgery should only be a last resort for children who have persistent and significant pain.

Always make sure your child’s shoes have not become too small. Periodically take your child to your local kids’ shoe store to make sure his or her shoes still fit. Do you know how fast kids’ feet  grow? I wrote a post where I describe how fast kids’ feet grow, so you can get a better idea on how regularly you should take them to the shoe store for a shoe check! You can find that post here:

How Fast Do Kids Feet Grow? – Learn About When You Should Replace Your Kids’ Shoes

Always take your children seriously when they complain of 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.

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!


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2 Comments on Hallux Valgus Deformity – WARNING: Even Children Can Develop Bunions!

  1. Thank you for all this information, my grandkids are all different when it comes to shoes! This information has shed some light on some of the issues we are having with keeping shoes on their feet. My six-year-old granddaughter only likes to wear boots!

    • Sherri.

      Some children love to wear a certain type of footwear and they won’t take them off! It is important that he alternates her boots with her everyday sneakers, or she won’t get the everyday support that she needs! Explain to her that she can still wear the boots to the shopping mall or when you are going to dinner, but when she is running around it’s important that she wear her sneakers to prevent foot injuries.

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