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What Is The Cause Of Foot Pain? – What The Symptoms Mean

Kids Foot Pain

Has your child been complaining about foot and leg pain? If your children are old enough to be able to voice their opinions and have told you that their feet hurt, please don’t ignore the pain!

While in some cases it can be growing pains or children might be simply looking for attention, if your child keeps complaining about pain after a few days, the problem is not likely to go away on its own.

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.

I also have been helping parents find the correct type of shoes for their children online for the last three years while helping them understand the importance of well-fitting shoes.

Did you know that most causes of foot pain are related to the shoes your child wears and how they fit?

Shoes play a key role in keeping your children feet healthy but the pain might be happening to other causes that we can’t control such as flat feet, rolled ankles, or knocked knees. However, in order to treat those issues, you need to choose the correct type of shoes for your child.

For example, one of the most common causes of foot pain in children is being flat footed. When a child has flat feet his or her feet turn inwards when walking or running, which leads to putting pressure in parts of their feet and legs where they are not supposed to.

The most common and efficient way to improve the way your child walks and run is by wearing shoes (sometimes with orthotics) with arch support and a firm heel counter. This will straighten your kids’ feet and allow them to walk and run straighter and reduce or fully eliminate the pain they were experiencing.

While I am not a foot doctor, I have fitted and helped hundreds of children that were experiencing foot and leg pain and I have seen the positive impact and the key role that shoes play in keeping our children’s feet and legs healthy.

It’s your job as a parent to monitor your kids’ walking behavior and be alert of signs that might be leading to their foot issues. In this post, I will describe what is the cause of foot pain and provide you with a selection of the best children’s shoes that will help prevent and minimize or fully eliminate the pain that your child is experiencing.

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What is The Cause Of Foot Pain? – Check Your Kids’ Shoes! 

Before you can start treating your child’s foot pain, you must first identify the root cause of the pain.

When kids complain about foot and leg pain they may be experiencing growing pains in their heel bones, but they could be also experiencing other conditions such as flat feet, knock knees, heel pain or they may be wearing improper shoes that are causing the pain.

Please keep in mind that ankle and foot pain are very common in kids that are around age seven to eight due to the high amount of activity and running around they do every day (this doesn’t mean we don’t have to find ways to reduce the pain).


How do we find out what is the cause of foot pain?

Th first step to figure out where your children’s’ foot or leg pain is coming from is very simple: Ask them!

Have your child point out the area or areas on his or her feet where it hurts.


If your child notes that the pain is coming from the heels, your child might have Sever’s disease. This is one of the most common causes of heel pain children.

Sever’s disease is an inflammatory condition of the growth plate in the heel bone, and it happens because our kids put a lot of stress and pressure on the growth plate when they are running, jumping, and being active every time their feet impact the ground!

The most effective method to treat heel pain in your child’s foot is to provide him or her with a pair of shoes with a firm heel counter, and if that doesn’t reduce the pain you should try a pair of heel cups.

If you don’t know what the heel counter of the shoe is, please take a look at the picture below for clarification:

Firm Heel Counter

If you want to learn more about the best type of shoes for children who are experiencing heel pain, and which are the most effective heel cups to reduce or fully eliminate the pain take a look at an article I wrote called:

Sever’s Disease In Kids – Stop Your Kids’ Heel Pain!

Heel Cups For Kids – How To Stop Heel Pain!


Now let’s take a look at a different scenario where a child notes that the pain is coming from his or her entire foot, as well as in the ankles and calf muscles. In this particular case your child may have flat feet.

The easiest way to figure out whether your children have flat feet or not is to stand them up and check if the arch collapses.

I have helped hundreds of children with flat feet and were experiencing foot and leg pain. Flat feet are believed to be hereditary and if not treated properly it can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.

I have noticed that the correct type of shoes that come with a substantial sole and good arch support will help your child walk and run straighter. They will also help reduce or fully eliminate the pain that he or she might be experiencing.

If you want to learn more about the best type of shoes for children who have flat feet you can do it in an article I wrote called:

The Best Shoes For Kids With Flat Feet – STOP Your Kids Foot Pain!


If your child notes that the pain is coming from his or her toes check for blisters, bunions or ingrown toenails.

Shoes that are too short, too narrow, too long, or too wide will contribute to your child developing foot issues. Your child’s shoes must fit just right!

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 that fit. However, several parents have contacted me concerned that they don’t have a local shoe store that they trust and always have to end up buying their kids’ shoes online.

If you are one of those parents, please START by reading an article I wrote where I describe the simplest yet most effective way to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

The shoes that you provide for your child play a key role in keeping his or her feet healthy. While you can provide your child with a pair of supportive shoes that are lightweight and flexible at the same time and with good features, if they are not the correct shoe size your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.

The Best Shoes For Kids With Foot Pain – Learn The Secret!

Now that you know how to make sure you provide your child with the correct shoe size and the key role that shoes play in keeping your children’s feet and legs heathy, you can find below a selection of the best shoes for children who are experiencing foot or leg pain.

These shoe styles are also available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide, that way we can guarantee that they fill FIT any kids’ feet, no matter their shape.

These shoe styles fit “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 device in order to allow for growing room. These shoe styles will fit a child with a medium, wide, or an extra wide foot only.

Before I forget, please encourage and remind your child to stretch as often as possible, this will also help relieve some of the pain your child might be experiencing. 

Is there a particular shoe style that you are looking for your child but can’t seem to find it? Please do not hesitate to contact me and I will make sure you will find it.

Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? Parents are always asking me if I know about a trusthworthy children’s shoe store in their area so if you know of one please let us know in the comments section area below that way we can all benefit from your experience.


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