Do you have a child who has been complaining about heel pain? Have you noticed a large bump on the back of your child’s heels?
If your child has been diagnosed with Haglund’s deformity, which is also referred as “pump bump”, you need to take action immediately, since this is a progressive condition.
This condition affects your child’s soft tissue near the heel as well as the heel bone. The main issue with having this condition is that your child might develop a large bump around where the heel is, which is continually irritated by shoes that are too tight or too stiff.
The good news is that if you take the necessary steps you will be able to treat and prevent this condition, and it all starts by providing your child with the correct pair of shoes.
The main cause for this condition remains unclear, but ill-fitting shoes are often the main reason why children and adults experience Haglund’s deformity. Children who have high arches or supination and walk on the outside of their heels are also more prone to develop this condition.
Let’s start by taking a look at some of the most common signs that will help you determine whether your child might have Haglund’’s deformity.
How to Figure Out if Your Child has Haglund’s Deformity?
Haglund’s deformity can occur in one or both feet. There are certain signs that will help you determine whether your child might have this condition or not:
✅ Pain in the back of the heel when your child walks or runs.
✅ Visible bump on the back of your child’s heels.
✅ Swelling or redness on your child’s heels.
✅ Calluses or blisters on your child’s heels where the bump rubs against the shoes.
I have a lot of experience when it comes to treating and preventing children’s foot problems since 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 styles for children with Haglund’s deformity.
How to Treat and Prevent Haglund’s Deformity – Shoes with Extra Padding!
In order to treat your child’s Haglund’s deformity, I recommend having your child wear shoes that don’t put pressure on your child’s heel as often as possible. Wearing open-backed shoes is recommended when your child is walking around the house or if you live in area where it’s nice out. However, most school shoes and everyday shoes don’t come with an open-back.
The most important feature that your kids’ shoes must provide in order to help treat and prevent Haglund’s deformity is a soft heel counter that comes with extra padding and extra-cushion. Just so we are in the same page, the heel counter is the back part of the shoes. Take a look at the image below for clarification purposes:
It’s important that you don’t provide your child with shoes that come with rigid or stiff heel counters, since those type of shoes can cause friction and aggravate the condition.
Let me show you an image of a shoe that comes with extra padding and extra cushion around the heel counter:
This feature will keep your child’s feet comfortable and help cushion and prevent your child’s bump from rubbing against the back of the shoes.
Figuring Out your Child’s Exact Foot Size – Get it Right!
Before I provide you with a selection of the best shoes for kids with Halgund’s deformity, I want to make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size. If you don’t provide your child with the correct shoe size, and your child wears shoes that are too long or too short you will be making the condition worse.
Shoes that are too long or too wide will allow for too much foot movement inside the shoes, and that constant friction and rubbing will worsen your child’s foot conditions. On the other hand, shoes that are too short or too narrow will cramp your kids’ toes, which in addition to putting extra pressure in your child’s heel bump, it will also lead to blisters, calluses, and corns.
I actually created an article along with a video that will help you determine your child’s exact foot size from home. However, this method will only work if you have the Brannock device at home, which is the standard foot measuring tool. Go to the link below:
If you don’t happen to have this foot measuring device at home, you can take your child’s measurements with a ruler and send me your child’s foot length in centimeters or inches and I will help you determine what shoe size your child needs. I will also need a picture of your child’s feet to figure out whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. The picture should be taken in a flat surface and should look like this:
Now that you know how to figure out your child’s foot size, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best shoes for kids with Haglund’s deformity.
The Best Shoes for Kids with Haglund’s Deformity ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only recommend shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that’s the only way for me to tell how supportive, well-made, durable, and most importantly how each particular shoe style fits.
As a standard rule, I always recommend parents to provide their children with 3/8 of an inch of space between the child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes. Please keep in mind that your child’s longest toe doesn’t necessarily have to be the big toe, it can be the second or even the third toe.
Here you can find a selection of the best shoes for kids with Haglund’s deformity:
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your child with a half a size longer in order to allow for growing room.
If your child is already wearing the correct type of shoes but still complains about pain and the condition doesn’t improve, then there is another approach we can take. There is a particular type of heel cup that is affordable and can be easily fitted inside your kids’ shoes for extra cushion and support.
Heel Cups for Haglund’s Deformity – Extra Cushion and Padding!
I have fitted a particular heel cup that has proven to be the most effective one when it comes to reducing the pressure on your child’s heels and keeping your child’s feet as comfortable as possible.
You can find that particular heel cup here:
If you want to know what particular features this heel cup provides and how to fit it correctly inside your kids’ shoes, please refer to the article below:
Keeping your child’s feet healthy requires constant attention, and providing your children with the correct type of shoes is the first line of defense when it comes to keeping your child’s feet healthy.
When it comes to treating or preventing a child’s foot condition, I always recommend parents to be proactive and don’t take the “wait and see approach”. The earlier that you start taking care of your child’s foot conditions, the better. If this condition doesn’t improve your doctor might require surgery, so please make sure that you take the necessary steps to prevent this condition from getting worse.
One thing I almost forgot to mention is how the type of socks that you choose for your child play a key role in keeping your chid’s feet healthy. Please avoid socks that are too thin. We need socks that provide good cushion in order to prevent the constant friction between your child’s bump and the back of the shoes. While I can’t get into too much detail about the best kids’ socks in this article, you can go to the link below which will show you some of the most comfortable socks for kids:
That article will also help you figure out how you can make sure that you provide your child with the correct sock size. Socks that are too long will end up bunching up below your kids’ feet and cause discomfort, while socks that are too short will end up cramping your kids’ toes and make your child more prone to develop blisters.
Please let us know if you have found a particular shoe style that has been effective in treating and preventing your child’s Haglund’s deformity, that way other parents can benefit from your experiences.