Has your chid developed bunion? Did you know that most effective way to prevent and treat a bunion is to provide your children with the correct type of shoes?
If you don’t provide your child with the correct pair of shoes, which besides being the correct size they must also be deep and come with a round toe-box, you will make this condition worse.
You kids play a key role in preventing them from developing blisters, calluses, bunions and corns, as well as foot and leg pain.
If you noticed your child has developed bunion you need to look for shoes that provide the 2 following features:
- Depth: This will allow your child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the toes from rubbing against the top part or side of the shoes.
- Round toe-box: This feature will prevent your children’s toes from being pressed against the side of the shoes.
You might be wondering…
How can you find deep shoes that come with a round toe-box if shoes don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “round toe-box”? I will provide you with a selection of shoes that provide these two features shortly.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10y ears now, where we focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have helped children with several foot conditions such as flat feet, knock knees, or rolled ankles walk and run straighter by providing them with the correct pair of shoes.
This is one common question parents ask me: Can my children develop bunions? The answer is yes, they can.
Hallux Valgus or what is commonly known as bunions is a foot deformity that affects the big toe.
In the case of Hallux Valgus, there is a deviation in the bones that join at the big toe. This sees the edge of the big toe pointing outwards. It is scientifically referred to as the medial deviation of the metatarsal and lateral deviation of the big toe.
Bunions can cause a great deal of discomfort and pain. It can also create difficulty in walking and promote an abnormal walking gait, especially when wearing shoes that are too short or too narrow.
The foot pain created from bunions will absolutely affect your child walking gait and impact his/her performance when running long distances, playing sports, or being active.
The most common mistake parents make when purchasing their kids’ shoes is to provide their children with shoes that are too long in order to take the pressure away from the bunion. This will make the condition worse and you will actually en up compromising your child’s stability, making them more prone to falling down. Please keep in mind that providing your children with the correct shoe width has the same importance as providing them with the correct shoe length.
In order to prevent foot issues such as calluses, you must always make sure you are providing your child with a pair of shoes that come with a nice round toed-box. This will prevent your kids toes from overlapping each other or rubbing against the side of the shoe.
Let me show you a selection of the best shoes to prevent and treat Hallux Valgus. I also want to show you how you can measure your child’s foot size from home in order to be able to provide him/her with the correct shoe size.
What Are The Causes Of Hallux Valgus? – Keep An Eye On Your Kids’ Shoes!
There have been many debates about the main cause of Hallux Valgus or bunions, and till date, no specific reason for the formation of Hallux Valgus has been agreed on scientifically.
There has also been disagreement that bunions are caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes, while others believe it’s genetic. In all these disagreements, one common ground they all agreed on is that the type of footwear you choose to provide for your child will surely worsen the condition.
If you provide your child with shoes that are too short or too narrow you will be squeezing your kids’ toes and they will start rubbing against each other or the side of the shoe. This in time will force the bone to cave in at the joint and create the condition we know as Hallux Valgus.
This condition can begin to form from the earlier stages in kids when the bone tissues are still soft. I have seen many cases of Hallux Valgus in kids due to ill-fitted shoes especially in girls. It is common for parents to buy their girls high heel shoes that are pointed at the top and tight fitted at the edges. This will tend to push the toes inward as the joint in the toe deviate to form bunions.
When children are wearing the wrong shoe size they are more likely to develop this condition. Although the cause of hallux valgus seems to be vague, taking care of your kids’ feet will greatly reduce or fully eliminate the pain created by Hallux Valgus.
Now that we know the causes of Hallux Valgus and the importance of wearing the correct type of shoes, let’s take a look at which are the best shoes to improve and prevent this condition from happening.
The Best Shoes For Hallux Valgus? – The 4 Most Important Features!
We know how Hallux Valgus can cause a great deal of pain and can affect the way your child walks and runs. Though the type of shoe you wear has not been scientifically proven to be the cause of the deformity, it is agreed upon that the type of shoe you choose to provide for your child will worsen the condition.
So this raises the question, what type of shoes are most suitable for preventing or reducing pain caused by Hallux Valgus?
I am going to describe the 4 most important features that you need to look for in a shoe if your child is suffering from Hallux Valgus, and how the shoe can help prevent the deformity.
- Supportive shoes: Wearing the right type of shoes with the proper amount of arch support will not only allow your child to walk and run straighter, but it will also reduce the pressure on the toe joint. Did you know that children with flat feet tend to have a high propensity for developing bunions? Providing your child with a pair of good, supportive shoes will keep his or her feet and legs comfortable and healthy.
- Shoes with round toed-boxes: Wearing shoes that are wide enough around the toes will allow for your kids’ toes to freely move and prevent them from overlapping each other. There is a particular shoe brand called New Balance which tends to make the deepest, and widest shoes with the roundest toe-boxes.
- Shoes that are deep: A deep shoe means that your child’s feet will sit comfortable inside the shoe. For example, when a child requires an orthotic, we always look for deeper shoes in order for the orthotic to fit deeply inside the shoes and don’t raise the kids’ feet up. A deep shoe will also prevent your kids toes from rubbing against the top of the shoe.
- Avoid high heels and shoes with pointy toed-boxes: High heels and narrow tips may be trendy, but they can be very uncomfortable and in case of children, they don’t provide enough room for their toes to move comfortably. Since your kid’s toes are still in the stage of formation, this may create a permanent deformation.
IMPORTANT TIP: If you don’t provide your child with the correct shoe size, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Remember that shoes that don’t are not the correct size are a direct cause for foot and leg pain, and they can lead to several foot issues such as blisters, calluses, corns.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit properly. However, several parents have contacted me asking where they can get their kids’ shoes online since they don’t have a local shoe store that they trust. If you must get your kids’ shoes online, start by reading an article I wrote where I explain the simplest, yet most effective method to figure out your kids’ foot size from home. Go to the link below:
Now that you know what features the shoes must provide and how you can make sure that you provide your child with the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at a selection of the best shoes for children with bunions.
The Best Shoes for Hallux Valgus – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The shoe styles that I will describe below offer good arch and ankle support, are lightweight and flexible, and they provide great breathability and traction. These are the most recommend styles for children that suffer from bunions.
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for Hallux Valgus.
The shoes below will fit a child that has medium, wide, or extra wide feet (choose the width accordingly).
This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your children with a half a size longer of the size that they measured at the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room.
The reasons why I recommend these particular shoe styles are:
- They provide adequate support to the feet such as arch and ankle support, and they come with a substantial sole to support the feet.
- They are deep and come with one of the roundest toe-boxes. The shoes are available in wide and extra wide widths, guaranteeing that they will fit the shape of your kids’ feet no matter how wide they are. This means that the shoes will not put any pressure on the toe joint which will greatly reduce or fully eliminate the pain to those suffering from Hallux Valgus.
- The shoes are available in various sizes since they are available from toddler sizes to teenage sizes. The shoes are available for children between the ages of 2 years old and above.
Do you happen to need help finding a pair of shoes to treat your bunion? I actually wrote an article where I describe the best women’s shoes for bunions. Please go to the link below:
If you don’t treat your kids’ bunions from an early stage, the condition will worse and will actually start affecting other toes. Look at a picture from a woman who developed a bunion and has been dealing with blisters and corns on her other toes:
Kids With Bunions – Is Surgery the Best Solution?
Wearing the correct type of shoes will prevent bunions from forming, and at the same time reduce or fully eliminate the pain that your child might be experiencing. This simple, non-surgical method will treat the symptoms. However, when nothing else works, surgery can be a good option.
Please be aware that the foot isn’t fully mature until about 15 to 16 years of age, so please don’t make the mistake of performing surgery too early.
Something so simple such as providing your child with the correct shoe style and the correct shoe size will keep your kids’ feet healthy. Even if your child has developed a bunion, the correct type of shoe will reduce the pressure and allow him or her to live a healthy lifestyle.
Did you know that children can develop bunions? Have you tried a particular shoe style that has helped relieve the pain from this condition? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.