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The Best Shoes and Socks for Kids with Blood Blisters – Treat and Prevent the Blisters!


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best shoes and socks for kids with blood blisters.

Has your child been complaining about foot pain? Have you noticed blood blisters right below your child’s feet? Friction is what causes most foot blisters. A friction blister is the result of forces on the skin, and foot blisters generally occur when a child is involved in sports or high-impact activities.

Blood blisters that occur right below the feet and toes can be very painful, especially when the child has to continue to perform the same sports or activities. For the most part, they are harmless and will go away within a few weeks without treatment. However, there are steps you can take to help your children cope with the discomfort and pain while still being able to play their favorite sports.

One of the most common sports in which children develop blood blisters is soccer, but I have seen children develop blood blisters simply from running or hiking.

What Causes Blood Blisters on Kids’ Feet?

The most common reason why children develop foot blisters is from wearing poorly-fitting shoes. It’s important for parents to be proactive and don’t wait for the blisters to simply disappear as they can lead to pain and infection.

In addition, socks that don’t provide good cushion and support can be a contributing cause of why your child keeps developing blood blisters.

Scenario #1

Your child is wearing shoes that are the wrong size. Shoes that are too long allow for too much foot movement inside of the shoes, and that constant friction between the foot and the shoes can lead to blisters. On the other hand, shoes that are too small can cramp your kids’ toes and make them rub against one another or with the side of the shoes.

To provide your child with the correct shoe size you must know whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. You also need to know whether your child has a high instep or not.

If you are not 100% sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size I strongly recommend that you take a look at the following article:

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

Scenario #2

Your child is wearing the correct shoe size but the shoes are unsupportive and don’t provide good cushion. In this case, you need to replace your kids’ shoes and get them more supportive shoes that provide targeted support right below the feet. I will show you a selection of these shoes shortly.

Scenario #3

Your child is wearing the correct shoe size and the correct pair of socks and still gets blood blisters below the feet. In this case, I suggest that you make sure that your child’s socks are not too thin. Socks play a key role in preventing your child from getting blisters. Certain athletic socks provide targeted cushion to key areas of the foot. I will expand on this shortly.


How Do You Treat Blood Blisters on a Child’s Foot?

The most effective way to treat a blood blister is by making sure the child is wearing the correct type of shoes and socks.

I suggest that you leave your child’s blood blisters alone so they can heal, as they usually heal after one or two weeks.

The issue comes when your child has to keep participating in high-impact activities and sports, as blood blisters can create a great deal of pain and discomfort.

What to Do with Blood Blisters – Good Shoes and Socks!

Blisters can be painful, but usually heal on their own. It’s important to try to avoid putting pressure on the area while the blister heals. The issue is that some children might not be able to rest and have to continue playing sports, so we need to find ways to allow the child to keep being active while caring for the blister.

I have helped several children who were dealing with blood blisters on their feet, and I can confidently tell you that the correct type of shoes and socks can make the world of difference.

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years. We focus in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Over the years I became familiar with the best athletic shoes that are capable of preventing blisters and keeping a child’s foot healthy.


One of the most common sports in which children get blood blisters is soccer, so I will start by describing the best soccer cleats to prevent blood blisters.

Soccer Cleats

Look in the description below each image to find out what type of foot that particular soccer cleat is capable of fitting.

Everyday Sneakers/Running Shoes

Look in the description below each image to find out what type of foot that particular sneaker is capable of fitting.

Basketball Shoes

Look in the description below each image to find out what type of foot that particular basketball shoe is capable of fitting.

Unsure About 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.

If your child happens to play a different sport I suggest that you take a look at the article below:

The Best Sport Shoes for Children – The Best Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, and Football Cleats.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Kids with Blood Blisters?

The shoes I recommend provide targeted cushion and support right below the child’s feet, which is going to help reduce the friction between the child’s feet and the shoes.

When children are playing sports, and let’s take soccer as an example, there are a lot of sudden stops, quick direction changes, and side to side movements that put extra pressure on the child’s feet.

All of the shoes I recommended come with a substantial and supportive outsole. Let me show you an image for better visualization purposes. Do you notice how the shoe on the right has a much thicker outsole compared to the shoe on the left? This is one key feature that the shoes I recommended provide.


Another key feature that the shoes I recommended provide is that they provide targeted support and cushion right below the child’s heels.


Is Your Child Wearing the Correct Type of Socks?

Sometimes providing a child with the correct type of shoes in the correct shoe size might not be enough to help treat and prevent blood blisters from happening.

It’s really important that you provide your child with a pair of socks that provide good cushion as this can make a tremendous difference in your child’s comfort when running around or playing sports. The socks should not be made out of cotton as they tend to stay damp when wearing.

I have found certain socks that provide targeted cushion to the feet and they have proven to be the most effective ones in cushioning and protecting the blisters. Below you can find the socks I am talking about:

Keep in mind that ordering the correct sock size has the same importance as ordering the correct shoe size. Don’t order your kids’ socks too long or too short. Socks that are too long might bunch up below your kids’ feet and create discomfort, while socks that are too small might cramp your kids’ toes and make them rub against one another.

Dealing with blood blisters can be a painful and frustrating situation for many children. I was able to help several children who were ready to quit playing sports as the pain from the blisters was becoming intolerable.

Providing your child with the correct type of shoes and socks can make the world of difference.

Do not attempt to drain your child’s blood blisters by making a hole with a needle or pin. To protect your child’s blister from becoming infected contact your general practitioner. They can also offer treatment and advice if blisters are caused by a medical condition.

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2 Comments on The Best Shoes and Socks for Kids with Blood Blisters – Treat and Prevent the Blisters!

  1. Great information but what if you are an adult both my big toes in the same area hurt and looking at it blood blister for sure new boots right z size but I can bearley walk unfortunately I have to needs suggestions ,!??

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