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The Causes Of Toe Pain – The Best Shoes For Your Child With Toe Pain

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Have your children been complaining about pain in their toes? Have they been refusing to put their shoes on? Did you know that the most common cause of toe pain is wearing shoes that don’t FIT?

I can’t stress enough the importance of well fitted shoes. One thing you must make sure is to provide your child with shoes that are the correct size because if you provide your child with a pair of shoes that are too small, too short, too narrow, or too wide you will end up creating foot issues to your child’s feet. The shoes must FIT just right!

Did you know that most children that suffer from foot problems often go undiagnosed?

I have been helping parents find the correct type of shoes for their children online for the last three years. If you have read any of my previous articles, you should know by now how I always recommend parents to take their children to their local shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes accordingly.


I have been contacted by several parents telling me how they don’t have a local shoe store and must purchase their children’s shoes online.

If your children are complaining about toe pain, the first step is to check the shoes that they are currently wearing. Shoes are a direct cause of foot pain and foot injuries, and when parents don’t provide their children with the correct type of shoes or the correct shoe size, they end up creating foot issues to their children.

Sometimes I hear parents complain that they can’t provide their children with a particular shoe style because their feet are too wide or too narrow. There is one important thing I want you to remember: It doesn’t matter what shape your kids’ feet are (narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide), there is at least one particular shoe style that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly and I will make sure you will find it.

It’s frustrating when I hear parents say how they can’t provide their kids a certain shoe style because they are not aware that it exists in a particular size or width.

Just to provide you with a pair of examples, I have helped parents find cleats for their kids in extra wide, or summer sandals in narrow widths. Like I said before, it doesn’t matter what type of shoes you are looking for your child, it’s highly likely I have fitted them before and I will HELP YOU find them!

If your child has been complaining about toe pain, I will describe the causes of toe pain and the best shoes to keep their feet healthy.

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Causes Of Toe Pain – Learn How To Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy

The first cause of toe pain is wearing the wrong shoe style or the wrong shoe size.

Shoes that come with a pointy toed-box or are too shallow can cramp your kids’ toes against the side of the shoe or make them overlap each other. This is why it’s so important to get the correct shoe style and stay away from shoes that are too pointy at the front.

On the other hand, shoes that are not the correct shoe size such as being too short or too narrow will also cramp your kids’ toes and create foot issues.

One thing I want you to keep in mind is that it doesn’t matter how supportive or how well-made the shoes that you provide for your child are, if they are not the correct shoe size your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you will end up creating several foot issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.

If you don’t have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust, please START by reading a post where I describe the most effective method to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size and you can find it here:

How Can I Make Sure My Kids’ Shoes Fit? – Learn The Secret Here!

Now that you know how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size, let’s move on at what features a shoe must provide in order to keep your kids’ feet healthy.

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Deep Shoes With Wide Toed-Boxes – Important Features!

In order to prevent our kids’ feet from developing foot issues the shoes that we provide for them must be deep (so their feet sit deeply and comfortably inside the shoe), and also come with round toed-boxes (so the toes can move freely and don’t overlap each other or rub against the side of the shoe).

These two important features will guarantee that you keep your children’s feet healthy but besides these two features, the shoes that you provide for your child must be supportive, lightweight, flexible, and breathable.


Can we find a pair of shoes for your child that will provide all of these features?

Yes, we can, I have fitted them before and I will show you exactly which ones they are.

The Best Shoes For Kids With Toe Pain – The Secret Revealed!

Now that you know which features a good pair of shoes must provide to your children and how to make sure that they are wearing the correct shoe size, I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes for children that are experiencing toe pain below.

These shoe styles come with a round toed-box to prevent your kids’ toes from rubbing against the side or top of the shoe and they are also deep, so your kids’ toes don’t rub against the top of the shoe.

Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for children who have toe pain:

Keep in mind that the shoes I describe above are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide. Just choose your child’s shoe width “M” for medium, “W” for wide, and “XW” for extra wide.

The shoes in the first row run ” true to size” which means that you only need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures at the shoe measuring scale. This will allow the proper amount of growing room without getting the shoes too long or too short.

The shoes in the second row also run” true to size” which also means that you only need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures at the shoe measuring scale.

Now that you know which are the best shoes for a child that has toe pain, you are ready to minimize or fully eliminate the pain by making the most informative decision.


Before you leave, I want to let you know that socks play a huge role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy and their main purpose is not to just to act as a barrier between our kids’ feet and the shoes.

The Best Socks To Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy!

While shoes are the main contributing factor to toe pain, socks that are not made of the right materials or that are the wrong size will also be a direct cause of your child’s toe pain.

Certain socks will constrict toe movement and will cramp your kids’ toes. That is the main reason why seamless socks are great for children. They will allow their toes to freely move and they are great for those children who feel every lump and bump with their socks and shoes.

While I can’t get into too much detail about the importance of seamless socks in this article, you can learn more about them in a post I wrote called:

Seamless Socks For Kids – Stop The Struggle Of Putting Socks On!

What Are Other Parents Saying? – Let Us Know Your Experience!

“Parents who have children that experiencing toe pain come up with the following conclusions:

“I had the same issue with my youngest and he would take his shoes off as much as he could get by with and go barefoot or sockfooted. What the issue was the sock seam was pressing against his shoe & toes and it was intermintent so it took us quite awhile to figure it out. I ended up getting a 1/2 size bigger in his shoes and it seemed to end the issue of toe pain. Also remember that kids grow so fast that shoes that fit one day might not the next”

“I bought my daughter new shoes with extra space in the toes and/or are more flexible. Some children  have more sensitive toes and this solved the issue.”

“My child’s toenail was being pressed against the side of the shoe. I bought him a shoe in an extra wide width and that took the pressure away from his nail. Now he doesn’t complain about pain anymore”.

Please don’t ignore your child’s foot or leg pain. If you don’t pay attention when your child complains about foot or leg pain, the long-term consequences of not treating these conditions can include pain, joint arthritis, muscle weakness, overloading of the opposite foot and ankle, deformity, and inactivity.

Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? I get contacted by parents daily and they want to know whether there is a good children’s shoe store in their area, so if you do have one please let us know in the comments section below so all parents can benefit from your experience.


I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kid’s feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

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