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3 Common Reasons Why a Toddler’s Feet Would Hurt

Little feet shouldn't have big pains, so let's see why your toddler might be complaining of pain

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By Babafemi Adebajo
Dorian Rhode
Edited by Dorian Rhode

Updated December 15, 2023.

A closeup of a toddler's feet.

We always want to put our kids first; their feet are no exception. Seeing your little sunshine grimace at every step, eyes glistening with tears, can twist your heart like a pretzel. Whatever the culprit, let's find the cause to bring back the joyful wiggles.

3 Common Reasons for Foot Pain in Toddlers

1. Growing

Your kid grows rapidly, often outpacing the growth of their muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The fast-paced development can lead to growing pains when they run or walk, usually in the knees and feet.

Note: Another common cause of pain can be flat feet due to improper arch development after three to four years old.

» Help your kid with foot growing pains

2. Ill-Fitting Shoes

Shoes should support your toddler's feet, and an improper fit can cause pain while walking. Follow these tips for picking the perfect pair of sneakers for your kid:

  • Measure their feet to find the correct size.
  • Try shoes with socks to assess the fit.
  • Choose breathable materials like leather or canvas.
  • Check the wiggle room in the toe area; it should be about a thumb's width.
  • Ensure the heel is snug and doesn't slip.

3. Injuries

Watch out for trips, falls, objects, bites, stings, and ingrown nails to prevent foot pain for your little explorer. Here are some helpful tips to treat common injuries:

  • Sprains and Strains: Give your kid enough time to rest from the injury. You can also use ice, apply compression, or elevate their foot to help speed up the recovery.
  • Ingrown Toenails: If you notice an ingrown toenail, soak your little one's foot in warm water and gently lift the edge that dug into the skin.
  • Blisters: These bumps can get infected easily, so clean them and cover them with a bandage.

Foot Pain in Toddlers: When to Seek Professional Help

If your kid's foot pain persists despite a few days of care or worsens, especially with swelling, redness, or an open wound, it's time to schedule a doctor's visit. Get your toddler stepping healthy with comfy shoes from First Walkers. Their feet will be comfortable, healthy, and ready for all future adventures.


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