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Kids with Leg Pain – Learn About Other Parents with Similar Experiences!


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best shoes for kids with leg pain.

Children who have foot problems such as flat feet or rolled ankles are more likely to experience leg pain, as their walking gait is affected by these conditions. Everything is connected, which is why having a foot condition can cause so many problems all over the body.

Let’s take a look at a before and after image of a child with poor foot posture standing barefoot and wearing a pair of supportive shoes.


Something so simple as providing your child with the correct types of shoes can make a world of difference in helping improve your child’s foot posture and walking gait!

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Leg Pain?

 Substantial Outsoles: This feature provides a stable base of support and helps prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards, improving your child’s foot posture and walking gait.


 Firm Heel Counters: This feature helps prevent your child’s ankles from rolling inwards, supporting and protecting your child’s heels.


 Straight Lasts: This feature helps align your child’s feet, improving your child’s foot posture and walking gait.


Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for kids with leg pain. These shoes are available in different widths such as 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.

The Best Shoes for Kids with Leg Pain

Medium – Wide – Extra Wide Feet

Narrow – Medium Feet

Unsure About What Shoe Size You Should Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes I indicate whether you need to order a half a size or a whole size bigger than your child’s foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

If you want to be 100% sure about what shoe size to order online, I suggest that you follow the instructions in the article below:

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

Kids with Leg Pain – Learn About Other Families with Similar Experiences!

I get contacted by parents who need help finding the best type of shoes for their children daily. In this particular case, this mother contacted me worried about her daughter experiencing foot and leg pain and not being able to find the correct type of shoes to fit the orthotics. As you might be going through a similar experience, I decided to post the conversation here so all parents can benefit from it.

Hi Juan,

This is Ruth. I wrote to you under the very informative article “The Best Shoes for Kids with Pronation” that you wrote, and you responded, but when I try to respond to you again it’s no longer allowing me to. So, I took the liberty of emailing you. I hope it’s okay. Like many other parents, I will do anything in my hands to help my daughter.

This is the meat of what I initially wrote to you:

My 4-year-old daughter has custom made orthotics, because her flexible flat feet go inwards, one foot more than the other. She complains of knee pain. We will be taking her to an orthopedic once we get the referral, because one of her knees doesn’t rotate as much as it should, and it is related to her hip.

I would like to purchase high-top tennis for her, and ones with real shoelaces not zippers or Velcro, but it has become a challenge to find any. She just turned 4 years old and wears a shoe size 8.5 or 9. Are there any high-top shoe styles that you have fitted before and would recommend?

Thank you for taking the time to read this and please get back to me as soon as possible!

Hello Ruth,

I am glad that you find the website informative. The goal is to help parents understand the key role that shoes play in keeping children’s feet healthy and helping them find the perfect pair of shoes for their children.

The issue why the selection of shoelaces is so small is because shoe companies don’t provide a good selection (due to lack of demand) until the child reaches a shoe size 10 1/2 or above – this is when most children start learning how to tie their shoes).

You provided me with her shoe size and told me that she wears a shoe size 8 .5 or 9 but you didn’t tell me what shoe width she needs.

Did you know that getting the correct shoe width has the same importance as getting the correct shoe length?

The shoe styles below are hands down the best shoe styles for a child than needs to wear orthotics. They are deep, supportive, provide a very firm heel counter and have shoelaces to provide your daughter with better support and stability. You can find those shoe styles below:

The Best Shoe Style for Girls who Wear Orthotics: Option 1

The Best Shoe Style for Girls who Wear Orthotics: Option 2

I will rather you provide your daughter with option 1, as it is more substantial and provides better ankle support. Just so you know, as far as New Balance shoes concerns, the higher the number (KJ990 vs KJ888) the more support the shoe provides.

I hope this helps!

Dear Juan,

Thank you! I see what you are saying. As far as her width I’m now doubting myself because I never asked, so I’m not 100% sure, but I would always get her a medium. In my opinion, her foot is not wide.

Sorry if I was not clear, but she just got her custom orthotics from the podiatrist that cover a little more than 1/2 of the soles of her feet. Shortly we will be taking her to an orthopedist once we get the referral for her knee and hip issue. On a side note, I’ve called many independent shoe stores, but haven’t found one that sells shoes under a size 1.

I have attached pictures of her orthotics so you can recommend me a shoe based on the orthotics. Also, should I get her a wide fit, so the orthotics fit better?

Here is how the orthotics look like:


Thank you for your time, and if there is anything I can do to compensate you for your advice and time please let me know.


Hello Ruth,

You can’t go wrong with the shoe styles that I recommend above and have fitted before since they are our to-go shoes for children who wear orthotics.

I will definitely recommend that you try any of the shoe styles above in a wider width, as the orthotics are going to take extra space inside the shoe.

Dear Juan,

Happy Monday! I ordered my daughter the New Balance 990v4 and now I’m wondering if I should permanently remove the insole that comes inside the shoe? If so, should I put a flat insole to provide cushion under the ball of her foot? I read that somewhere.

Thank you,


Hello Ruth,

Yes, you must always remove the original insole of the shoes before you try to fit an orthotic inside the shoes. The main reason for this is that if you keep the original insole and then put the orthotic on top, you will be raising your daughter’s feet and the top of her foot will start rubbing against the top of the shoe.

In addition to making her feet feel uncomfortable inside the shoes, you can also create several foot issues to her feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

Most children’s shoe insoles are easy to pull right off. You don’t need to put any extra insole below the ball of her foot, just the orthotic.

Another thing I wanted to add is that there is a particular way that you can tie your daughter’s shoes that will allow her to get the most support out of the orthotics. This method is called “the reverse the laces technique”, and it will secure her ankles and provide your daughter with better support and stability.

You can learn more about that method in an article I wrote called:

How to Tie Shoes with Orthotics – Stop Heel Slippage

Please follow up with me and tell me how your daughter is doing with her new shoes.

Dear Juan,

Thank you so much!

I provided my daughters with the more supportive style (KJ990) and she is walking and running so much straighter. She doesn’t have any more foot or leg pain, which is exactly what I was looking for. I actually ended up fitting in the extra wide width shoe since the orthotic wasn’t fitting in the regular width one.

I cannot tell you how grateful I am since I have been trying to find my daughter the perfect pair of shoes for months now!

Thank you,


Hello Ruth,

I am glad that the shoes worked out for your daughter’s feet. It’s actually amazing what a difference a good pair of shoes can have in the way we walk and run. The most important thing is that your daughter doesn’t have any more foot and leg pain.

When we walk inwards or outwards, we are putting pressure on parts of our bodies where we are not supposed to, and this generally leads to foot and leg pain. Now the orthotics and the shoes are working together in helping your daughter walk and run straighter.

Please don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any other questions.

Dear Juan,

One last thing I forgot to mention is which socks will you recommend for my daughter. She always has a hard time with socks and feels every bump and lump. I was wondering if you know about a particular shoe style or a particular socks brand that will be good for her.

It’s really time consuming because she is always fussing about her socks and sometimes she will refuse to wear them. I have noticed marks on her feet from not wearing her socks.

Thank you in advance.

Hello Ruth,

Socks do so much more than simply act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes. They prevent the formation of bacteria inside the shoes as well as the formation of blisters.

The type of socks that I recommend for your daughter are called seamless socks. Have you ever heard of these types of socks? They are great because they are very soft and allow kids to freely move their toes, preventing their toes from rubbing or overlapping against each other.

If you want to learn about which are the best seamless socks for children you can do it in an article I wrote called:

Seamless Socks for Kids – Stop The Struggle of Putting Socks On!

I think we have covered everything you needed now, but if you happen to have any other questions please let me know.

If you happen to know of a family that has a child with foot or leg pain, please refer them to an article I wrote called:

What is the Cause of Foot Pain? – What the Symptoms Mean

I hope this helps!


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