Did you know that your kids’ little toes play a key role in keeping your kids stable when they walk or run? 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 to 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! I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe for over 7 years and I have even seen babies with hammer toes! At the kids’ shoe store that I work for, I have fitted numerous shoes for kids’ who have hammer toes.
Many parents have asked me why and how hammer toes form? Hammer toes are the result of birth defects, ill-fitting shoes, or pressure from bunions! Did you know that 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!
Please pay close attention to your kids’ feet! Did you know that a hammer toe can cause significant pain, especially when the toe rubs against the shoe every time your child takes a step? Your kids’ toe will start hurting and it will be harder for them to move around. However, you can prevent the pain caused by hammer toes by providing your kids’ with the correct type of shoes!
Wearing tight shoes or socks increases your child’s risk of developing hammer toes. It is important to provide your kids with the correct pair of shoes not only to prevent hammer toes, but several other foot issues as well!
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.
All your child needs are proper shoesto prevent the form of corns or pain from hammer toes! Shoes that have a wide, round toed-box and a deep end are ideal for your kids’ feet. This prevents their toes from being cramped and allows your child to easily spread his or her toes!
The first thing I always recommend is for your child to wear the correct pair of shoes, but if that doesn’t reduce or eliminate the pain, I recommend a pair of orthotics. At the kids’ shoe store that I work for we take care of kids with foot problems such as hammer toes, flat feet, knocked knees, just to name a few!
Orthotics can help tremendously, especially the ones that come with a toe rise, which helps to separate the toes.
Mild to moderate 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 with orthotics.
In this post, I will describe the best shoes for kids’ with hammer toes!
Stop The Pain From Hammer Toes – Follow These 5 Steps!
1st Step: Always start by looking for the correct type of shoes. Deeper ended shoes that come in wide or extra wide widths are ideal Shoes that are deep prevent the top of your kids’ toes from rub against the top of the shoe, and shoes that are wide enough prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping with each other!
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 follow these steps and find the correct type of shoes for your child, the pain from his or her hammer toes will be greatly reduced and in some cases, fully eliminated.
If your child has wide or extra wide feet, I wrote a post where I describe the best shoes for children with extra wide feet and you can find it here:
The Best Shoes For Kids’ With Hammer Toes – The Secret Revealed!
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 nice, 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 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 most parents face is knowing how to identify these type of shoes! Do shoe companies even make them? After fitting children’s shoes for over 7 years now, I know the shoe styles that are best for kids with hammer toes. These shoes are available in different widths including as wide and extra wide, and they provide everyday support, so your child can wear them all day!
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for children with hammer toes!
The shoes in the first-row fit “short”,which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes in the second-row 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 shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Which Summer Shoes Can I Provide For My Child 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 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 is a water sandal made by the shoe company Teva that offers great support to your kids’ feet and at the same time keeps your kids’ feet healthy!
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.
These sandals will work great for your child with hammer toes! You should also take a look at this post where I describe the best summer sandals for kids! You can find that post here:
Many parents have asked me if there are any home remedies or products to reduce their kids’ pain from their hammer toes? Depending on how bad your kids’ hammer toes are, you may be able to relieve the pain and correct the issue the as well!
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 best 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 kids’ feet 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!
Do you have a child with hammer toes? Have you found a particular shoe style that works best for this condition? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!