Do you have a child that is complaining about foot pain in the side of the foot? Are you having a hard time finding supportive shoes to significantly reduce or fully eliminate your child’s foot pain?
The most effective way to treat and prevent your child’s foot pain is through wearing the correct type of shoes, and in some cases orthotics as well.
There are certain shoe styles that will support your kids’ feet better, and 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.
When children start experiencing foot or leg pain, the first step is to check the shoes that they are wearing. Shoes play a key role in keeping your children’s feet heathy, and if they are not fitted properly or provide the correct amount of support, they can be a contributing cause to your child’s foot pain.
For example, when children put repeated pressure on a particular area of their feet, that area and nerve can become irritated, causing an enormous amount of pain. Providing your child with shoes that provide good support while minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
I have noticed that most of the time a child complains about foot pain in the side of the foot, the pain is related to either the shoes being too narrow or not supportive enough,
I will show you a selection of the best shoes to treat and prevent your kids foot pain in the side of the foot.
How to Treat Foot Pain – Follow These 3 Easy Steps
Follow these 3 easy steps in order to minimize or fully eliminate the pain that your child is experiencing in the side of the foot:
- The first step is always to make sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size.I always recommend parents to take their kids’ to be properly fitted for shoes at their local shoe store that they trust, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit.But…Not all parents have a good fitting children’s shoe store in their area. That is the reason why I decided to create a map where I describe the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores in the United States – Where to Go for Proper Fittings!If after looking at the map you still can’t seem to find a kids’ shoe store in your area, then proceed to reading an article along with a video I createdwhere I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
- The second step is to make sure that the shoes that your children wear are supporting their feet properly. I have noticed that when children experience foot pain in the side of the foot, sometimes it’s due to the shoes not being supportive enough. The shoes that you provide for your child must come with a substantial sole (with good arch support), and a firm heel counter (with good ankle support). Several children that were experiencing foot pain in the side of the foot was because they were flat footed and needed extra support from their shoes. A lot of parents don’t know what the heel counter of the shoe is, so here is a picture for clarification:
This is the part of the shoes that provides ankle support, and the firmer it is the better.
- The third step is to make sure that your child is tying the shoes properly or pulling the Velcro straps tightly. If the shoes are too loose your child won’t get the full benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I created a couple of scenarios that will help you identify where your child’s foot pain is coming from and why the pain is happening:
☹️ Pain in the bottom of the foot: your child might be flat footed and the shoes are not supportive enough.
☹️ Pain in the top of the foot: this is probably due to your child having a high instep and the shoes being too shallow.
☹️ Pain in the side of the foot: this is probably due to repetitive strain on the foot and the shoes being too narrow or not supportive.
☹️ Pain in the back of the foot: this is probably due to your child having ankle pain and the shoes not providing a firm heel counter.
Kids’ Foot Pain – How It Can Affect Their Everyday Activities?
Did you know that foot pain in children can directly affect their daily activities and the simple things that they enjoy doing?
Our feet are one of our hardest working parts of our bodies, and we must take proper care of them. I want to clarify something to parents: Never ignore your child’s foot or leg pain foot, it’s NOT normal, and no, it might not just be “growing pains”.
The reason why I mention this is that sometimes when parents take their children to their physical or occupational therapist, their response is to not worry about it since it’s likely just growing pains or the child will outgrow the pain soon.
At the children’s shoe store that I work for, several physical and occupational therapists refer families to the store to have their children fitted for shoes and orthotics. However, sometimes parents come to the store explaining how their therapists said that their children foot and leg pain was due to “growing pains”, and that they shouldn’t worry about it, but they obviously are since their kids are complaining about pain.
I always start by checking those children’s shoes and sometimes the pain was simply due to them wearing shoes that were either not the correct size or were not providing the correct amount of support.
So please remember to always start by checking your kids’ shoes.
Now that you know the most common reasons why your child might be experiencing foot pain in the side of the foot, let’s take a look at the best kids’ shoes that come with a substantial sole and provide good arch and ankle support.
The Best Shoes for Kids Foot Pain in the Side of the Foot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
I have noticed that most children won’t speak up when they are experiencing foot or leg discomfort, and when they do, it’s because the pain has significantly intensified.
Please keep in mind that I always recommend shoelaces over Velcro closure, since shoelaces will provide more support and stability to your child’s feet.
Here you can find a selection of the best shoes for toddlers who are experiencing pain in the side of the foot (ages 2 to 4):
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 standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
Here you can find a selection of the best shoes for older children (ages 4 to 12):
This selection of shoes also fit “true to size”, which means that you need to get your children a half a size longer of the size that they measure in the Brannock device in order to allow for growing room.
All of these shoe styles are also durable, meaning that it’s highly likely that your kids will outgrow their shoes before they wear them out. Since children tend to outgrow their shoes anywhere between 3 to 5 months (depending on their age), they should always outgrow their shoes before they are ready to be replaced.
Even if your children are extremely active, they shouldn’t be destroying their shoes before they are ready to outgrow them, so maybe what your child simply needs is just a pair of more durable shoes.
Are you dealing with foot pain in the side of the foot? I actually wrote an article where I describe the best shoes for women who have pain in the side of the foot. Go to the link below:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child. 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 them.