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Kids’ Shoes for Hemophilia – Supportive and Extra Padding Around the Ankles

Kids' Shoes with Extra Padding around the Heels

Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with hemophilia? Did you know that providing your child with the correct pair of shoes can help reduce the risk of ankle bleeds? Children with bleeding disorders who have foot and ankle problems do better with shoes that provide supportive outsoles to support the arch and firm heel counters to support the ankles. I will show you the best kids’ shoes for hemophilia based on my 10 years of shoe fitting experience.

What Role Do Shoes Play When It Comes To Treating Hemophilia?

Certain shoes will help keep your child’s feet in place and properly aligned, which can help prevent bleeds.

Providing your child with shoes that provide the correct amount of support can also help reduce pain by stabilizing the joints and relieving load or stress during weight bearing.

When looking for shoes for your child with hemophilia, you need to consider the height of the heel, slope under toes, and support up through the ankles.

Can Children with Hemophilia Play Sports?

Children should be able to exercise, as it will help them develop stronger muscles and joints. However, children with hemophilia are at increased risk for bleeds when they participate in some contact sports.

It’s better if your child participates in non-contact physical activities such as swimming, bicycling, tennis, as they are most appropriate for children with hemophilia. However, your child can also participate in sports with limited contact.

Should Children with Hemophilia Wear High Top Shoes?

A lot of families assume that high top shoes provide better ankle and heel support, but this is not always the case.

HIgh tops don’t necessarily provide better ankle or heel support than regular sneakers. The goal is to find a shoe (high top or regular) that provides a firm heel counter with good padding.

How Do I Know Which Shoes Work Best for Children with Hemophilia?

I work for a specialized children’s shoe store that works closely with many physical/occupational therapists to fit children in supportive shoes and orthotics. The shoe store focuses in helping children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.


When a family of a child with hemophilia walks in the shoe store looking for good shoes, I explain to them that the shoes need to provide these 4 key features:

  • Substantial Outsole: This feature helps support the child’s feet and keeps the feet in place and properly aligned, which can help prevent bleeds. Take a look at the image below for better visualization purposes:
  • Straight Lasts: This feature also helps to align the feet by preventing the forefoot from pushing out. Take a look at the image below for better visualization purposes:
  • Firm Heel Counter: The heel counter is the back part of the shoe that fits around the heel. A firm heel counter helps support the heels and prevents them from rolling inwards or outwards. Take a look at the image below for better visualization purposes:
  • Extra Cushion and Padding Around the Heels: This feature helps cushion and protect your child’s heels and ankles. Below you can find an image of a shoe that comes with extra padding and extra cushion around the heel area:
Kids' Shoes with Extra Padding around the Heels

Where Can You Find Shoes that Provide these 4 Important Features?

I know which shoes provide these features from having tested and fitted several different shoe styles and shoe brands. However, before I show you a list of the best shoes for kids with hemophilia, you must know your child’s exact foot length and shape.

It is important to have a professional shoe fitter help you retrieve the right fit. I have been helping families get the right size (length and width) of their feet for many years. Shoe sizes vary by style and manufacturer. You can have your child’s feet measured, but this only gives you a guideline for what size to start with.

You should start by checking out a resource that I created that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores in the United States – Where to go for Proper Fittings

How Can I Retrieve My Child’s Shoe Size Online?

If you don’t have a specialized children’s shoe store in your area, I suggest that you take a look at a resource I created where I describe the most effective and accurate way to determine your child’s foot shape and length from home:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

Now that you know your child’s exact foot length and shape, and what features your kids’ shoes must provide, let’s take a look at the best kids’ shoes for hemophilia. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

Best Shoes for Kids with Hemophilia

All of the shoes that I recommend below are available in different widths such as medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW), so make sure that you choose your child’s foot width accordingly.

These shoes come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure, as shoelaces help provide better support and stability compared to velcro closure. Shoes with shoelaces are also more effective in securing the heel and ankle area.

What Shoe Size You Should Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes I indicate whether you need to order a half a size or a whole size bigger than your child’s foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

Are You Unsure About What Shoe Will Work Best for Your Child’s Feet?

If you don’t know what shoe style to choose or if you are looking for a different shoe style for your child such as a seasonal shoe, I suggest that you leave me a message below or email me at:


Make Sure that Your Kids’ Shoes are Properly Tied!

This will help secure your child’s feet and prevent them from moving excessively inside the shoes. If your child’s foot is able to move too much inside the shoe your child won’t get the full support or stability that the shoes have to offer.

Try to get your children into the habit of untying their shoelaces when they take off their shoes. It’s easy to slip out of shoes without untying the knot, but you don’t want your child to put any more stress on a fragile ankle.

Should I Provide My Child with a Pair of Orthotics?

Children with hemophilia might also need to wear orthotics to help improve their foot posture and walking gait. Orthotics can be very effective in preventing heel and ankle bleeds by keeping the feet properly aligned. However, I usually suggest that you start by trying a pair of supportive shoes and monitor your child’s progress.

The Final Fitting

It’s important that you take care of your kids’ feet and ankles from an early stage. Try to avoid shoes or socks with tight seams that might rub your child’s skin. I suggest that you provide your child with a pair of seamless socks. You can find a list of the best seamless socks for kids in the article below:

Seamless Socks for Kids – Stop the Struggle of Putting Socks On!

Let me know in the comment section below if you have any questions or if you have found a specific shoe or orthotic that worked well for your child with hemophilia.


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