Burning feet

When the feet are overtaxed, they react with pain when standing and walking. Women in particular often suffer from burning feet. Because of the complex interaction of bones, muscles, nerves and tendons, it is often difficult to determine a single cause.
A natural rollover of the foot is possible in the kyBoot/on the kyBounder and the foot can recover from the burning sensation/pain. The muscles and tendons are gently stretched and strengthened, and the joints mobilised.

Definition

Burning feet in itself is not a disorder, but a sign of one – a symptom. The cause may be banal, but it may be the manifestation of a serious disorder.
Because of its architecture, the foot is very susceptible to many kinds of disorders that can lead to pain in this area. Any structural deviation or malfunctioning in even one area of the foot can lead to symptomatic pain and can induce complaints in other areas of the body (knees, hips and back).

Causes

There are many possible causes of burning feet. If the causes are not pathological (disease-related), a distinction should be made between burning feet in conventional shoes (a) and burning feet in the kyBoot (b).

a) In conventional shoes, the common causes are:

  • Poor ventilation
  • Shoes that are too small or too narrow
  • The insufficient freedom of foot movement that results

b) In the kyBoot, the following causes are the most frequent:

  • Intense activation of the foot musculature in the kyBoot. This should improve after a few weeks, when the musculature has become accustomed to the increased workload (rollover) in the kyBoot and the foot has become more mobile.
  • Socks that are too thick. Thick socks are unnecessary because the foot is more active in the kyBoot than it is in ‘normal’ shoes. Thin cotton socks, such as kybun socks, are ideal.
  • The kyBoot is fastened too tightly. This impairs air exchange, and the feet become warmer.
  • A long period of standing in one place. You should walk as often as possible in the kyBoot so that the air in the shoe can be exchanged quickly. If you must stand, we recommend pacing (see micro-interval in place: http://www.kybun.ch/ratgeber/kybun-uebungen/kyboot.html.
  • ‘Expired’ kyBoot: If the kyBoot is used intensively, it should be replaced as necessary. The positive effect on the body decreases the longer and the more intensively the kyBoot is worn. When a replacement is necessary varies from person to person and is dependent on various factors such as frequency of use, user gait and body weight.

It is best to try out a new kyBoot at a kyBoot dealer of your choice. This allows you to immediately recognise the difference and know whether you should replace your kyBoot.

Sudden burning feet in the kyBoot after months of complaint-free wear:
The cause is usually unnoticed changes such as:

  • Different socks than previously (different material changes the ventilation in the kyBoot)?
  • Different season of the year?
  • One-sided loading in the kyBoot (increased pressure on the outside, for instance)?
  • Unconscious toe clenching/tense foot musculature in the kyBoot?
  • kyBoot has not been worn for a long time/lengthy kyBoot break taken?
  • Unconscious standing in a relieving posture in the kyBoot?
  • Standing too long in the kyBoot instead of regularly moving your feet or walking?
  • New circulatory problems/vein problems?
  • Have other health complaints developed?
  • Is the kyBoot sole material fatigued?

c) Burning feet can also have a medical or pathological cause:

  • One common cause is a heel spur or shortened plantar fascia (more information under the symptoms of heel spur)
  • Excessive weight
  • Disorders such as rheumatism, gout, diabetes, Morton’s neuroma ...
  • Venous insufficiency/varicose veins

d) Customers who already had a tendency towards warm or sweaty feet often complain of hot feet in the kyBoot.

 

These customers find the initial additional warming caused by the activation of the musculature in the kyBoot unpleasant.

Long-term consequences

Shoes that are too small or tight may cause foot malpositions or heel spurs.

Conventional therapy

For heel spur: Padding under the heel

The kybun principle of operation – being proactive

In the kyBoot/on the kyBounder, the foot rests directly on soft, elastic material. This stretches the plantar fascia (an aponeurosis located on the sole of the foot that supports the longitudinal arch). This constant stretching can lead to a burning sensation, the same reaction evoked by intensive muscle stretching. It is important that you continue to stretch this tendon in the kyBoot/kyBounder so that problems such as heel spur (which often results in a shortened plantar fascia) do not arise later on. The burning should go away after a few weeks, after the aponeurosis is sufficiently stretched, eliminating the trigger of the complaint.
Gradually increase the duration of time you wear the kyBoot/kyBounder so as to allow your foot to become accustomed to the increased activity.
If the burning feet become unpleasant, we recommend the kybun exercises (http://www.kybun.ch/ratgeber/kybun-uebungen.html) or removing the kyBoot until the burning has subsided.

Initial reactions

Specific initial reactions with burning feet:

We are not aware of any symptom-specific initial reactions or pain increases in the area of the foot associated with burning feet. However, as the body adapts, some general initial reactions may arise.

 

Click here for the general initial reactions experienced by kyBounder and kyBoot beginners: Initial reactions

kybun exercises

For information about the special kyBoot exercises or the basic kyBounder exercises , please click here: kybun exercises

The followingadaptationsto the standard implementation of interval walking are important for those suffering from burning feet :

  1. Put on non-slip socks before you begin
  2. If your feet begin to burn during interval walking, perform the slow exercises a little faster so that the foot musculature is somewhat less tense.

Application tips

We recommend that you wear thin cotton socks (such as kybun socks) in the kyBoot and avoid lacing the shoes too tightly. Ensure that the lacing is even from bottom to top so that the fine blood vessels at the back of the foot are not pinched and there are no other pressure points.
Then, when walking, perform the rollover across the entire foot and push off with the big toe. This alternately stretches the aponeurosis in the sole of the foot and relaxes it in the swing phase.
If you feel the sole of your foot cramping, we recommend that you relax the affected foot in the air while standing (move the foot in a circular motion, wiggle the toes, move the foot in all possible directions; whatever feels good to you).

Media reports/studies

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If you have questions, please send an e-mail to beratung@kybun.ch

Opinions/customer testimonials

Ich bin durch Zufall auf Euren Schuh gestoßen. Ich leide an Burning Feet und war auf der Suche nach einem ausreichend weichen Schuh als ich einen Laden mit kyBoot entdeckte. Die ersten Schritte mit dem Schuh waren eine Offenbarung. So gut bin ich noch mit keinem Schuh gegangen. Ich bin völlig begeistert. Jetzt kann ich endlich wieder den ganzen Tag unterwegs sein, ohne das mir schon nach ein paar Stunden die Füße weh tun. Das ist jetzt selbst nach einem langen Tag nicht mehr der Fall.
Walking with pain used to be part of my daily lifestyle. I suffered heavily from lower back aches and sore heels, not to mention my feet would constantly feel extremely hot after long hours of standing. It was not until I saw a small advertisement which had three simple words, "Walk-on-air",kyBoot. After that everything changed. That very night, the internet supplied me all I needed to know about kybun and before I knew it , I was ordering my first pair of kyBoot. Only I ordered the wrong size! Images of horrific online shopping stories started swirling in my head, as I begun the dreadful customer service phone procedure, only to be greeted by a wonderful lady. She cheerily greeted me, and after I explained my terribly awkward mishap, promptly gave me perfect advise for shoe sizing and settled the ordering purchase immediately. Now I wont lie, I love walking on air. Experiencing the first moments of putting on my kyBoot shoes felt like relearning how to walk again. This time, pain free. It was enjoyably hysterical when I took my first few steps as my ankles had to read just to the softness of the floor bed. Once I got the hang of it, I noticed immediately that the pain on my lower back was alleviated. It occurred to me that a lot of pressure that was initially borne by my back was now transferred away and that my body was more relaxed during my normal walking form. The heat from my foot soles seemed to develop much more slowly, and generally walking has now become a pain free experience. Thank you kybun for giving me the gift of enjoyable walking, and for being a company that not only is proud of its shoes, but has a service family that sincere, heartfelt and seriously amazing. I cant begin to thank you guys enough!
I've known the kyBoot, and before that MBT, for quite a while, as I've known Karl Müller for many years. When I joined the choir, we had to dress up in white, so I went out looking for white shoes and found a pair of moccasins made for medical staff. But after the long concerts I always had hot, sore feet and my back hurt. I remembered the kyBoot and bought myself a white pair. Emanuel Sieber asked me what I needed the shoes for and whether I worked at the hospital. I explained that I needed the shoes for the choir, and that's how we got talking.
I've had a pair of kyBoot shoes for two years now. They saved my life, as the balls of my feet used to be really sore. We used to have to walk long distances on stony ground, and nothing helped at all. I bought some insoles for 400 CHF, but they didn't do a thing. But these shoes saved me.
If you work a lot – and of course I'm a Chef and had to stand a lot, twelve hours at a time, with little exercise – then you do get a bit of, well I wouldn't call it pain, but at the end of the day the soles of your feet are sore. And in these shoes you don't feel a thing.
We were at a regional music festival where we wore the shoes from morning to night. The next day, my feet were fine. I had no pain at all. My feet always ached with my old shoes. I would always have to Cool my feet down the next day. I had no problem whatsoever with the kyBoots. It was very positive for me.
Seit ich den kyBoot kennengelernt habe, trage ich diese Schuhe täglich bei jedem Wetter! Im Sommer und im Winter. Ich habe nie mehr kalte Füsse. Ich bin begeistert! In den Ferien kann ich den ganzen, langen Tag in einer Stadt auf den Beinen sein und habe am Abend keine brennenden Füsse.
The benefit is simply that you have fewer foot complaints. Your feet hurt less, they're less sore and you can keep these shoes on much longer without problems.You also don't have back pain, in my case, anyway.  Watch the video
I can stand in these shoes all day with no trouble at all. If we have to be ready at 3pm though the concert doesn't start until 7pm, I don't feel a thing. I don't have any trouble, either in my back or my knee, and my feet are not sore either. It's really worlds apart, like day and night.
They're soft and comfortable. I've even got on the walking boots; I'm trying them out for the first time. I was allowed to test some work shoes for 14 days. They're very good for walking. At first my feet were a little sore, and I had a painful spot in my right foot from an inflammation: that hasn't gone away yet. But they're very pleasant to walk in.

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