Do you have a child that is complaining about toe pain? Have they been refusing to wear their shoes lately? Did you know that the most common cause of toe pain is wearing shoes that don’t properly fit?
Shoes that are too short or too narrow will lead to toe pain as well as other foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
In addition to providing your child with the correct shoe size, you must make sure that the shoes provide two key features to prevent toe pain:
- Depth: This feature will prevent your kids’ toes from rubbing against one another or the top of the shoes.
- Round Toe-Box: This feature will also prevent your child’s toes from overlapping one another or rubbing against the side of the shoes.
The issue is that most parents don’t know where and how to find these types of shoes, since shoes don’t come labeled as “deep” or with a “round toe-box”.
The good news is that I will help you find them!
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they fit. 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.
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 several foot issues to their children’s feet.
I am always explaining to parents how it doesn’t matter how narrow or wide their kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly, and I will help you find it.
Let me show you the causes of foot toe in more detail, and then I will provide you with a selection of the best deep shoes that also come with a round toe-box.
What Are The 2 Most Common Causes of Toe Pain? – Let’s Find Out!
The first most common cause of toe pain is wearing shoes that are too short or too narrow.
Shoes that come with a pointy toe-box or are too shallow will cramp your kids’ toes against the side of the shoe or make them overlap with 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.
This is the reason why it’s so important to find shoes that are deep and with a round toe-box.
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.
The second most common cause of toe pain is having an ingrown toe nail. If you believe that your child has an ingrown toe nail please refer to another article I wrote called:
I will now provide you with a selection of the deepest shoes with the roundest toe-boxes that I have fitted before, but I want to be absolutely sure that you know your child’s exact foot size first, since remember that shoes that are too short or too narrow will only contribute to your child’s toe pain.
Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!
I am always emphasizing to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly which involves getting the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe storethat 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 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.
The Best Shoes For Kids With Toe Pain ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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 who have toe pain. Please keep in mind that these shoe styles are available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide,
This selection is for toddlers:
This selection is for older children (ages 4 and above):
All of these shoe styles 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.
These are the best shoes for a child that has been ealing with toe pain, and if the shoes are fitted properly, you will notice an improvement right away.
Before you leave, I wanted to let you know that socks play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy, since they act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the formation and build-up of bacteria inside the shoes.
The Best Kids’ Socks – Seamless and Breathable!
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 your kids’ toes to freely move and they are great for those children who feel every lump and bump.
While I can’t get into too much detail about which are the best seamless socks for kids in this article, you should take a look at another article I wrote where I describe the best seamless socks for kids. Go to the link below:
Experiences from Other Parents – You Are Not Alone!
Parents who have children that were experiencing toe pain came 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 joint arthritis, muscle weakness, overloading of the opposite foot and ankle, deformity, and inactivity.
Have you tried a particular shoe style that has worked well in reducing or fully eliminating your child’s toe pain? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.