I’m so glad I found your website since it is very helpful and informative.
My daughter’s feet both have the third toe or middle toe as the longest toe on her feet. As long or perhaps a tiny bit longer than the “big toe.” It has caused issues for her because the top of the shoe puts pressure on the third toe’s nail bed and is causing the nail to become extra thick and hard, and I don’t see this on any of her other toes.
I asked her pediatrician about it and her response was “don’t worry about it”. But I am actually very worried!
I feel like my daughter stumbles and trips a lot and I think it’s because her shoes don’t fit right. She doesn’t often trip when she’s barefoot, and every time I try to put her shoes on she doesn’t want to wear them. She points to a spot on the bottom of her feet under her third toe to complain about it, but I can’t find anything wrong except for a blister once in a while.
The problem is how do you find a good fit for a toddler whose feet have the middle toe as the longest toe?
Any advice and any shoe brand recommendations to allow for extra room for her toes? I can’t be the only mom who has experienced this, but there is shockingly little info out there on the web. Many people have second toes longer or as long as the “big toe” but not the third one.
Please get back at me as soon as possible since I have been dealing with this issue for a while now.
Sorry for my late response. The key here is to find a pair of shoes with extra depth and a round toe box. The toe box is the front part of the shoe, and the rounder the toe box, the less likely your daughter’s toes will overlap and rub against each other (since it allows more space for the toes to move).
If you pay close attention you will notice how most shoes are nice and round where the big toe is, but the toe box gets narrower as it gets closer to the small toe. We also want the shoes to be deep, so your daughter’s feet can sit deeply inside the shoes and this will prevent the toes from rubbing against the top of the shoe.
Does this make sense to you?
It’s really important to keep an eye on your kids’ feet specially when they are developing foot issues such as blisters. The issue with blisters is that they are uncomfortable, and children might change their walking pattern and put pressure in parts of their body where they are not supposed to. The other issue with blisters is that they can develop into corns, which are extremely hard to get rid of.
If you know her shoe size (I will need her correct foot length and width) I will show you a selection of shoes that I recommend for her.
For example, New Balance is the shoe brand that manufactures most shoe styles that are deeper with a round toe box, but other shoe brands might also work.
Let me know her feet size so I can help you better. In the meantime, allow her to go barefoot around the house in order for the blister to heal faster.
Thank you so much for your response and help. I got my daughter’s feet measured at our local shoe store and they told me she needs a 6.5 (if I want to allow for growing room).
In my last email I asked you the length of your daughter’s feet and also the width. The width has the same importance as the length when trying to find the correct type of shoes. Are your daughter’s feet narrow, medium, wide or extra wide?
That will help me find the correct type of shoes for her feet. Once you send me her foot width I can start sending you the best shoe styles that will prevent her toes from rubbing against each other or the side of the shoes.
Sorry this has taken so long but we are in the middle of a military move.
The length from heel to the longest toe is 5 inches. The width across the widest part of her foot is two and a quarter inch.
In centimeters…length 12.7 cm
Based on what you told me, Maggie should be wearing a shoe size 6.5 extra wide (XW). That size will allow room for her to grow into the shoes.
Because there have been several other parents that have contacted me with the same issue, I decided to write an article that describes the best shoe styles for children who have the middle toe longer than their big toe and you can find that article here:
In that article you will find a selection of the best shoes for your daughter. These shoes are the deepest I have fitted, and they also come with the roundest toe boxes.
One factor that I haven’t mentioned and that plays a key role in keeping children’s feet healthy is socks.
The type of socks that we want for your daughter are called seamless socks. We don’t want the seam of the socks constricting toe movement or making your daughter’s toes to overlap and rub against each other.
Most parents are not aware that socks do so much more than act as a barrier between our kids’ feet and the shoes, they also help prevent the formation of bacteria inside the shoes and the formation of blisters.
Besides providing your daughter with the correct pair of shoes, you also need to provide her with a pair of seamless socks, and if you want to learn more about which are the best seamless socks for children, you can do it in an article I wrote called:
Remember that the correct type of shoes with the correct type of socks will keep her feet healthy and prevent the formation of blisters. Don’t forget to allow your daughter to walk barefoot around the house and to dry her feet thoroughly after she showers in order for the blister to heal faster.
I got my daughter the New Balance shoe style (680V5) that you recommended with a pair of seamless socks and she loves them! No more fuss every time I have to put her shoes on and the blister has healed.
I am extremely grateful for all the time you took responding to every single question I had and all the back and forth emails that I am sure seemed endless to you.
Now I can have the peace of mind that her feet are healthy now and I will be sticking with the same shoe style and the same socks that you recommended as long as they are available in her size.
My pleasure. I am glad that the shoes and the socks worked out and the blister has healed. It’s important that you keep an eye on her feet and make sure the shoes and socks are always fitting her properly.
Don’t worry about the emails, I actually get a lot of emails from parents all over the world trying to find the correct pair of shoes for their children. However, due to the high amount of emails I get, I always encourage parents to use the “Search” bar on my homepage and type a keyword of the question that they might have.
For example, if you have a question about what are “the best extra wide shoes for children”, you can simply type that on my search bar and all the articles related to that keyword will show up.
If you are unsure where the search bar is take a look at the picture below for clarification:
I always recommend parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local children’s shoe store that they trust. The issue is that most parents don’t have a local kids’ shoe store in their area and they must end up buying their kids’ shoes online (there is nothing wrong with this as long as you know your kids’ exact shoe size and what shoe style to get).
If you are one of those parents without a kids’ shoe store in your area START by reading an article I wrote called:
If you happen to have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST, please let us know in the comments section below, since other parents that might live in the same area might not be aware that particular shoe store exists.