Proper footwear for smooth travels

Why choose orthopedic shoes?

Here are some reasons why a person may need to wear orthopedic shoes:

Flat foot

Orthopedic shoes can help support the arches of the feet, which is important for people with flat foot.


Orthopedic footwear can help stabilize the feet and reduce overpronation, or when the feet roll excessively inward.


Orthopedic shoes can help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis by providing additional support.

The role of a good orthopedic shoe

Orthopedic footwear helps correct foot and posture problems, as well as prevent injury and pain by providing additional support and cushioning for the feet and body. Wearing orthopedic shoes when travelling can have benefits such as reducing fatigue, preventing injuries, improving posture and correcting foot problems.

People with diabetes may also need orthopedic footwear to protect their feet and reduce the risk of injury or infection.

It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine if orthopedic footwear is required and for specific recommendations on the best type of shoes for each individual.

Four benefits of an orthopedic shoe

Premium footwear offers many benefits for people with foot or posture problems by providing additional support, protection and correction for foot problems. Here are details on four of those benefits:

  • Orthopedic shoes reduce pain and provide additional support for the feet and joints, which can help reduce the pain associated with foot or posture problems.
  • They help prevent injuries by providing additional foot protection and reducing the impact on the joints.
  • Premium footwear reduces foot fatigue by providing additional support and cushioning, which can help reduce fatigue from walking or running.
  • A good shoe will protect the sole of the foot with an orthopedic footbed, accommodate foot orthoses and provide heel and side support thanks to reinforcements.

Four consequences of wearing bad shoes

Poorly fitting or inappropriate footwear can affect foot and body health in a number of ways. Here are four of them:

  • It can lead to pain in the feet, including the toes, the sole of the foot, the heel and the arch of the foot.
  • It can cause blisters and eventually callosities.
  • It can cause knee pain by changing how a person walks or runs.
  • It can cause back pain by affecting the posture.

Why wear an orthopedic shoe when travelling?

It is important to choose footwear that suits your foot shape, lifestyle and activities, and that fits properly to avoid negative impacts. And to take full advantage of your destination!

Wearing orthopedic shoes while travelling can help reduce fatigue, prevent injuries, improve posture and correct foot problems. This lets you focus on what really matters—making the most of your trip.

Orthopedic shoes are designed to provide additional support to the feet, legs and back, which can help reduce the fatigue and pain associated with prolonged walking or standing. Premium footwear provides additional foot protection. This can help prevent injuries due to walking on uneven or unfamiliar surfaces.


How do I choose the right orthopedic shoe for travel?

There are a variety of orthopedic shoes for specific travel needs, such as hiking shoes for mountain excursions and sports shoes for physical activities. Choosing the right shoe for walking depends on things like your foot shape and gait pattern.

There are shoes designed for each pattern: supination, neutral and overpronation.

An orthotist will help you assess your feet and recommend appropriate footwear. ​​Orthopedic shoes are designed to support the natural shape of the foot by providing superior comfort and support.

Walking shoes

Footwear with arch (plantar vault) support is recommended. This support prevents overpronation and foot pain. Look for shoes with proper cushioning as this will reduce impact during walking and prevent foot, leg and back pain. Orthopedic footwear with proper cushioning can help reduce pain and fatigue due to prolonged walking.


Running shoes

Shoes that provide extra stability are best. They help prevent sprains and injuries and support the feet while running. Orthopedic shoes can be designed for specific types of running, such as road running, trail running, sprinting and marathon running.


Hiking shoes

Hiking shoes should provide enough ankle support to avoid sprains and injuries during hikes on rugged terrain. They should also grip well on slippery and uneven surfaces. Orthopedic footwear with a non-slip outsole can help prevent slips and falls. Ideally, it should be water-resistant to keep the feet dry during wet or muddy hikes.


Walking sandals

There are orthopedic sandals designed for specific needs, such as beach, city and trail sandals. Walking sandals must fit properly to provide optimal support and prevent injury. It is important to properly measure the size of your feet and try on sandals before buying them, just like other shoes. Like other shoes and boots, sandals with a non-slip outsole can help prevent slipping.

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