Are you having a hard time finding a pair of shoes to accommodate your child’s hammer toes? Do you feel like your child is developing blisters because you can’t seem to find shoes to accommodate the hammer toes?
One of the most effective ways to treat and prevent hammer toes is by wearing the correct type of shoes.
If your kids have wide or extra feet and are wearing shoes that are too narrow for their feet, they may develop a problem called hammer toes. This condition may be present at birth or develop over time from wearing ill fitting shoes.
Hammer toes normally happen on the second toe. However, any of the other three smaller toes can be affected as well.
Most people believe that only adults can get hammer toes, but they are wrong. Many parents have asked what are some of the reasons why hammer toes develop. Hammer toes are the result of birth defects, ill-fitting shoes, or pressure from bunions.
The most common cause of hammer toes in children are shoes that don’t fit properly. Wearing shoes that are too short or too narrow is believed to be the number one cause of hammer toes.
You might be asking yourself, what are hammer toes? The term hammer toe describes a buckling of any of the toe joints, and they vary in severity.
Why is it important to prevent hammer toes? If your child has hammer toes and is not wearing shoes that are wide enough, the problem will worsen, and it may even lead to needing surgery.
Another problem with hammer toes is that corns often form between curled toes or on top of buckled joints where the shoes rub. If the shoes keep rubbing where the corns are, the irritated skin might become open wounds and create an infection.
The good news is that the correct type of shoes will help treat this condition and help prevent your kids’ hammer toes from getting worse.
There are two key features that your kids’ shoes must provide in order to effectively treat and prevent hammer toes:
- Depth: This feature will allow your kids’ feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of your kids’ toes from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.
- Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping or rubbing against one another.
You might be wondering…
How are you going to provide your child with shoes that provide these two features if shoes don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “round toe-box”?
I will help you find them. I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes since I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. 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.
Mild to moderate cases of hammer toes can be treated with the correct pair of shoes. Surgery is a last resort only for symptoms that are extremely severe and after you have tried proper shoes and orthotics.
I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes for kids’ with hammer toes shortly, but I want to make sure that you know your child’s exact foot size first in order to be able to order your kid’ shoes online safely.
Stop The Pain From Hammer Toes – Follow These 5 Steps!
I recommend starting with the first step and then if the condition doesn’t improve keep moving to the next steps.
1st Step: Always start by looking for the correct type of shoes. Shoes with extra depth that come in wide or extra wide widths are ideal
2nd Step: Take time to stretch your kids’ toe muscles as often as possible throughout the day in order to loosen tight muscles and ligaments.
3rd Step: Provide your child with a pair of orthotics that come with a toe rise. This type of orthotic helps to separate your kids’ toes and prevents them from overlapping with each other.
4th Step: Provide your child with over the counter products that help alleviate the pain from hammer toes.
5th Step: One fun exercise you can do with your child is putting marbles on the floor and telling your child to grab them with their toes.
If you happen to have a child with extra wide feet and a high instep, then you should take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best shoes for children with extra wide feet and a high instep. Go to the link below:
There are certain shoe styles that allow your kids’ toes to comfortably spread out and not overlap with each other. Like I mentioned before, the key is to find shoes that have a round toed-box, and a deep end. By a round toed-box I mean shoes that are round at the front instead of pointy. Shoes that are deep will allow for your kids’ feet to sit comfortably inside the shoe and prevent the toes from rubbing against the top of the shoe.
The main issue is that most parents don’t know how to identify these type of shoes. Do shoe companies even make them? After fitting children’s shoes for over 10 years now, I know which shoe styles are deeper than others.. These shoes will also be available in different widths including wide and extra wide.
In order for your children to get all the features that a particular shoe style provides, you must provide them with the correct shoe size.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most 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:
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:
Now that you know how to figure out your child’s foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at the best shoes for hammer toes.
The Best Shoes for Hammer Toes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that 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.
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for children with hammer toes:
The shoes below will fit a child that has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet (as long as you choose the show width accordingly).
This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room.
Pleas make sure that you provide your child with a pair of socks that is 100% seamless. This feature will allow your kids’ toes to spread out comfortably without rubbing or overlapping against one another. If you don’t know where to find seamless socks for children, go to the link below:
The Best Summer Shoes for Kids with Hammer Toes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The best type of summer shoes for kids with hammer toes are the ones that come with an adjustable strap at the front. This way you can control and adjust the amount of pressure on your kids’ toes. You can actually adjust the strap so that it doesn’t put any pressure against your kids’ hammer toes.
There are certain water sandals made by the shoe company Teva and Merrell that offers great support to your kids’ feet and will prevent your kids’ toes from rubbing against one another.
Below you can find a selection of the best sandals for kids’ with hammer toes:
All of these sandals fit “true to size”,which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Many parents have asked me if there are any home remedies or products to reduce their kids pain from their hammer toes. There are certain products you can buy that will guide your kids’ toes into proper alignment. For example, toe straighteners will help to position crooked toes or toes that are overlapping with each other.
Orthotics, gel separators, and toe caps are some of the most recommended products to keep your kids’ toes separated and provide relief from pain and discomfort.
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to take the appropriate steps to correct your child’s foot condition as soon as possible. Hammer toes are a correctable condition, but if not treated properly, they will lead to more serious problems such as foot deformities and joint problems, and your child might end up needing surgery.
Do you happen to be dealing with hammer toes yourself? I recently created an article that describes the best shoes for women with hammer toes. Go to the link below:
Do you have a child with hammer toes? Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well to treat this condition? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from them.