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The 5 Most Common Foot Problems in Children – Learn How to Solve Them!

Kids Common Foot Problems

Did you know that kids are affected by many of the same foot conditions that adults are? Have you noticed your child walking or running differently lately?

I will show you which are the 5 most common foot problems in children and the most effective way to prevent and treat 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.

Throughout the years I have been getting familiar with the most common children’s foot problems, and I can tell you that most foot problems are directly related to the shoes that your child wears and how they fit. However, certain foot problems are hereditary such as flat feet or rolled ankles.

These are the 5 most common foot problems I have noticed in children:

  • Blisters
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Flat Feet
  • Rolled Ankles

Do any of these foot conditions sound familiar? Has your child developed any of these foot issues?

I have helped hundreds of children with these foot issues, and I can tell you that most of the time they just needed a pair of well-fitting and supportive shoes.

So…

Before you decide to take your child to the doctor, let’s start by checking their shoes.

Let me explain each foot issue individually and get to the bottom of why is it happening.

► Blisters ☹️

They occur when the shoes are fitted too short or too long, or when your child doesn’t wear socks with the sneakers. If a shoe is too short your child’s toes will rub against the front or the side of the shoes, and that constant friction will lead to blisters. On the other hand, if your child’s shoes are fitted too long, this will allow your child’s feet to move too much inside the shoes and that constant rubbing will also lead to the formation of blisters. When kids don’t wear socks, they are more prone to getting blisters, since socks act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes.

Let’s take a look at a picture of a blister on a child’s foot:

Blisters On Feet

How To Solve This Issue ?

Provide your child with the correct shoe size (this involves the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width). Make sure that your child always wears socks with the shoes.

There are certain shoes that are deep and come with a round toe-box which are ideal for preventing and treating blisters. I will provide you with a selection of these shoes by the end of the article.

►  Calluses ☹️

These normally appear at the bottom of your kids’ feet or the toes. caused by a repeated pressure or friction on an area of skin. The pressure causes the skin to die and form a hard, protective surface. Wearing shoes that are too wide or too narrow are a direct cause for calluses.

Let’s take a look a picture of a child with several calluses on his feet:

Picture-Of-Callus

 How To Solve This Issue ?

Provide your child with the correct shoe size (this involves the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width).

There are certain shoes that are deep and come with a round toe-box which are ideal for preventing and treating blisters. I will provide you with a selection of these shoes by the end of the article.

► Corns ☹️

These generally occur at pressure points, typically the bottom of the feet and the sides of toes. They can be painful, but they can be avoided by wearing socks and shoes that fit properly.

Let’s take a look at a picture of a corn on a child’s toe:

Corns On Feet

How To Solve This Issue ?

 Provide your child with the correct shoe size (this involves the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width).

There are certain shoes that are deep and come with a round toe-box which are ideal for preventing and treating blisters. I will provide you with a selection of these shoes by the end of the article.

► Flat Feet ☹️

This is believed to be a hereditary condition. If your child happens to have flat feet, don’t worry, it’s more common than you think. The correct type of shoes will prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and help your child walk and run straighter.

Let’s take a look at a picture of a child with flat feet: Do you notice how the child’s feet are rolling in and collapsing?

Kids' With Flat Feet

How To Solve This Issue ?

Provide your child with shoes that come with a substantial sole and provide arch support. I will describe these shoe styles below.

► Rolled Ankles☹️

This is also believed to be hereditary. The correct type of shoes will help strengthen your kids’ ankles and straighten them.

Let’s take a look at a picture of a child with rolled ankles: Do you notice how the ankles are rolling outwards?

Kids With Rolled Ankles

How To Solve This Issue ?

Provide your child with shoes that come with a firm heel counter. Do you know what the heel counter of the shoe is? It’s the back part of the shoes that provide ankle support. Take a look at the picture below for clarification:

Firm Heel Counter

So…

What do all of these foot conditions have in common? They are all related to shoes and the way they fit.

If you want to prevent all of these 5 foot conditions, you must provide your child with the correct type of shoes (supportive, lightweight, and flexible), the correct shoe size (this involves the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width), and the correct type of socks.

I always recommend parents to take their toddler to their local fitting children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most fitting stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.

I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

Shoe Size Foot Length

Shoes for Kids with Foot problems – The 5 Most Important Features!

Besides coming in the correct shoe size, the shoes that you provide for your child must provide the following features:

  • Supportive Sole: This feature will help reduce the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they become in contact with the ground. This is especially important if your children have flat feet. How can you tell if the shoes come with a supportive sole? The bottom part of the shoe must be thick and come with a built in arch support. Take a look at the picture below for clarification:

Shoes With Supportive Sole

  • Firm Heel Counter: This will protect and support your kids’ ankles as well as help strengthen and straighten them. If the shoe that you provide for your child has a heel counter that is too flimsy, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoe has to offer. Let’s take a look at the difference between a shoe with a firm heel counter and ones that does not. When I press on the heel counter of the shoe in the first image it feels firm and strong.

Shoe With Firm Heel Counter

But when I press on the heel counter of the shoe in the right it feels soft:

Shoes With A Soft Heel Counter

  • Good traction: This will prevent your child from slipping and falling down, especially when running fast.
  • Breathable: The shoes must be breathable in order to allow your kids’ feet to breathe and prevent the buildup of bacteria inside the shoe.
  • Deep: This feature is really important because it will allow your child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent your child’s toes from rubbing against the top of the shoes. This feature is also important since it will allow you to fit an orthotic inside your kids’ shoes. Let’s take a look at the difference between a shoe that is deep and one that is not. Both of these shoes have an orthotic fitted inside them for visualization purposes. Do you notice how in the New Balance shoe style (grey and pink) the orthotic is sitting down deeply while in the Asics shoe style (black) the orthotic is further up?

Deep Shoes

Here is another picture so you can see it more clearly:

Deep Shoes

This is what I mean when I mention that certain shoe styles are deeper than others.

Can we find a shoe that provides all of those features and that is also available in different width such as medium, wide, and extra wide?

Yes, we can!

I have fitted these shoe styles before and I will describe them below.

The Best Kids’ Shoes to Treat and Prevent Foot Issues ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.

Here you can find a selection of shoes that will keep your kids’ feet healthy (they are all available in different widths, provide good arch and ankle support, and they are also deep). Please choose your child’s shoe width accordingly:


All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard shoe measuring scale (Brannock Device) in order to allow for growing room.

I almost forgot…

If you don’t have a local fitting children’s shoe store in your area to have your child’s feet measured, there is a simple yet effective method you can use to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home.

Start by taking a look at a map that showcases 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 that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

Please remember that the most effective way to reduce the likelihood of your kids developing foot issues is to provide them with the correct type of shoes.

If I didn’t mention a foot condition that your child is going through, please let me know and I will help you find shoes that fit.

Has your child developed any of the foot conditions mentioned in the article? Did you find a particular shoe style that has worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your  findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LET’S START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

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