Is your child complaining about foot pain at night? Does your child wake up every night complaining that his/her feet and legs hurt?
While almost 2 out of every 5 children get growing pains, I always emphasize to parents to not just assume that their child’s foot and leg pain is directly related to growing pains.
If your child’s pain disappears in the morning, then it’s highly likely that your child is just going through growing pains. However, if your child’s foot and leg pain persists in the morning or interferes with your child’s ability to play sports or be active, then your child’s pain might be something more than just ‘growing pains”.
Some parents take their children to their pediatrician or physical/occupational therapist and they are told not to worry, since that the child will eventually grow out of the pain. However,I don’t recommend taking the “wait and see approach”, since this can lead to your child’s foot condition to worsen.
The pain that your child is experiencing can have causes that are not related to growing pains, and it can be associated with an underlying disease, poorly fitted shoes, or overuse from long walks or high impact activities.
Don’t get me wrong, your child’s foot and leg pain at night might be just related to growing pains, but it’s important to make sure that the pain is not related to another condition. Let me show you the 3 most common reasons of why your child might be complaining about foot and leg pain at night. I will describe each reason in terms of likelihood.
#1 – Unsupportive and Poorly Fitted Shoes
I have seen hundreds of cases of children suffering from foot and leg pain at night that were directly related to the shoes that they were wearing.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This experience has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience fitting thousands of kids, I have become familiar with the best shoe brands for children with foot and leg pain and the best styles among those brands.
The feet are the foundation of our entire body, and it’s important that we keep them healthy to prevent children from having foot, knee, leg, and lower back pain in the future.
Shoes that are not fitted properly or that don’t provide the correct amount of support can be a direct cause of your child’s foot and leg pain.
Shoes that are too short or too narrow can lead to foot pain since they might pinch and cramp your kids’ toes and affect your child’s walking gait. On the other hand, shoes that are too long or too wide will allow for too much movement inside the shoe and will also lead to foot and leg pain. Your kids’ shoes must be fitted just right!
Most children have medium to wide feet. I have also seen several children with extra wide feet, and narrow feet seem to be the least common among children. I want to clarify that whatever your child’s foot shape might be, there is a particular shoe style out there that will accommodate the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.
I have fitted children with extra wide feet and high insteps in the correct pair of shoes, and I have also fitted children with the narrowest feet in the correct pair of shoes.
In addition to providing your child with the correct shoe size, you need to find shoes that come with a substantial sole but that are lightweight and flexible at the same time.
Your child’s shoes can have a tremendous impact in improving your child’s walking and posture. Let me prove this to you…
Let’s take a look at a child wearing a pair of shoes that are unsupportive and flimsy. Do you notice how the child’s feet are turning inwards?
Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same child wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how much straighter the chid’s feet are?
There are several articles I have written that cover the best shoes for children with narrow, wide, extra wide feet, and high insteps. I have compile some of the most popular articles below:
#2 – Flat Feet
It is totally normal for children that are 2 years old or younger to have flat feet. Children can develop an arch up to the age of 5, but if your child is complaining about foot or leg pain, start by checking whether your child has flat feet or not.
Supportive shoes can improve your child’s walking gait and prevent children from putting pressure in parts of their body where they are not supposed to. Let’s take a look at an image of a flat footed child. Does this picture look familiar? Do you notice how the feet are collapsing and turning inwards?
Now let’s take a look at another picture of a flat footed child. We can clearly notice how the feet are collapsing and turning inwards.
Here is an image of the same child wearing supportive shoes. Do you notice how the child’s feet look a lot straighter?
Depending on the degree of your child’s pronation, your child might also need an orthotic, but I always recommend starting with a pair of supportive shoes.
There are several articles I have written that cover the best shoes for children with flat feet. I have compiled some of the most popular articles below:
#3 – Low Muscle Tone
This condition is simply a lack of tone in your child’s muscles, which can make your child’s muscles feel too relaxed. Having low muscle tone doesn’t necessarily mean that your child is weak. However, your child has to put extra effort to get the muscles moving properly, which results in your child’s feet and legs getting overworked.
Physical therapy is extremely effective for children with low muscle tone, but the correct pair of shoes can also work wonders in treating this condition.
I have fitted certain shoe styles that will help guide your children’s feet into properly alignment and provide an instant boost to your child’s stability and confidence.
There are several articles I have written that cover the best shoes for children with low muscle tone. I have compiled some of the most popular articles below:
Please remember to not take the “wait and see” approach, since this can lead to your child developing bad habits, poor alignment, and fall further behind.
If you suspect that your child might have a foot condition, please do not hesitate to contact me directly and I will guide you in the right direction: firstname.lastname@example.org