Heel spur/plantar fasciitis (fasciitis plantaris)

Heel spur and chronic fasciitis plantaris are the most common consequences of permanent overloading of the feet soles in the developed world. Hard floors and inflexible, supporting shoes, mean a large portion of the load while walking and standing has to be borne by the heel.
This often leads to long-term pain and complaints in the area of the heel.
The solutions offered by medicine and the footwear industry are either extremely expensive, or tend to aggravate the problem in the long run because they only address the symptoms and not the causes.


Plantar fasciitis
Inflammation on the sole of the foot, more precisely at the insertion point of the plantar tendon to the heel bone. In more chronic cases of inflammation, a bony ganglion (spur) can form. These are called heel spurs.

Haglund’s deformity
Increased ossification of the posterior upper tendon insertion on the heel with complaints due to pressure from the edge of the shoe.

It is not important where the spur/ossification is located. The treatment for both clinical pictures is the same: It is important that the foot rolls over and that the shortened/stiffened musculature/tendons are mobilised. The kybun shoe/kybun mat is ideal here.


Heel spur X-ray

A typical analysis

Inflammation of the plantar fascia is the body’s reaction to excessive strain in this area. Plantar fasciitis is usually caused by too great a load on the painful point. The plantar fascias shorten and agglutinate as a result (the body wants to strengthen them in order to counteract the excessive strain). This puts even more pressure on the painful area.
One of the main causes of shortening of the plantar tendon is limited movement of the feet in everyday life. Since we usually walk on hard surfaces such as concrete and wear rigid shoes (e.g. business shoes with stiff soles or shoes with heels), freedom of movement for the feet is extremely restricted. As a result, most ankle joints are never really used fully. They appear superfluous to the body, and it begins adapting the feet – constructed by nature to be highly mobile – to everyday life in western civilisation by stabilising or ‘stiffening’ them.

From the view of the fascia

The whole body is enveloped by fascia, which are connected to each other. Thus the painful area of the heel spur is also connected to each other over the whole rear Myo-Fascial chain. If there are adhesions and/or shortenings in one or more areas of this chain, this causes an unnatural amount of tension in the whole line. These adhesions and shortenings are caused by the unnatural walking and standing on the hard, flat everyday floors, as well as long periods of sitting.

If we have a heavy load on the sole of the foot (plantar fascia) due to the prolonged tension, the periosteum (consisting of fascia) surrounding the heel is pulled away from the bone. The body's reaction now is that it wants to fill the resulting cavity with additional bone material. It does this with so-called osteoblasts (bone-forming cells). The bone thus grows in the direction where its shell is "pulled away". A heel spur (ossification) is formed. The pain itself is not directly triggered by the heel spur (or ossification) (because this is actually a natural process), but the pain arises when the heel spur comes into contact with a sensitive nerve.

Long-term consequences

In response to pain over many months, the body develops compensating mechanisms to relieve the painful area on the foot when the underlying problem is left untreated. Increased strain is placed on the sound foot, the affected individual begins limping and this leads to improper strain on other joints (the knee, hip, back ...). Since every person responds differently, many different compensating mechanisms are developed by affected individuals. This means various joints can be overstrained.

Conventional therapy

Most doctors prescribe a pad that is placed under the heel.
Orthopaedic insoles are also prescribed in some cases.
In physiotherapy, heel spur is treated with ultrasound and/or electrotherapy, trigger point therapy and massage, among other things. Exercises are used to actively stretch and strengthen the foot and lower leg muscles.

The kybun principle of operation – being proactive

When the plantar tendon is inflamed with/without a tear in the aponeurosis or heel spur, it is important to be gentle with the affected point so that it can heal. In the kybun shoe, the foot is able to achieve a natural rollover on the soft, elastic sole. This results in gentle mobilisation and stretching of the plantar tendon. This is important for the healing process because good circulation of the plantar tendon is achieved by rollover. Circulation, in turn, removes inflammatory substances from the tissue and promotes healing by providing a good supply of oxygen. The cause of the plantar tendon problem is thereby treated. Furthermore, when the kybun shoe or the kybun mat is used, the weight of the foot is distributed over the entire sole of the foot, which reduces point pressure and relieves the heel.
Only plantar tendon therapy with stretching and mobilisation provides relief for the painful point (heel spur at the tendon insertion), alleviating the inflammation.

Initial reactions

Specific initial reactions with heel spur:

Due to the shortening of the calf musculature and the aponeurosis in the foot, pronounced stretching may occur, which can lead to inflammations. If this occurs with you, it is important to take breaks and/or integrate a ‘gentle trot’ with the kybun shoe in your daily routine. It is better to walk in the kyBoot rather than stand, but it is absolutely essential to wear it regularly.

If the kybun shoe is only worn occasionally, the stretching will not be maintained and inflammatory pain is always going to return.


Click here for the general initial reactions experienced by kybun mat and kybun shoe beginners: Initial reactions

kybun exercises

For information about the special kybun shoe exercises or the basic kybun mat exercises, please click here: kybun exercises

The following adaptations to the standard implementation of interval walking are important in case of heel spur :

  1. Take short steps and avoid excessive rollover on the heel in order to prevent further irritation
  2. Focus more on exercising slowly
    – in case of severe pain, also walk backwards
  3. Avoid excessive rollover during fast exercises (prevent irritation)

Application tips

The most important thing is to avoid any impact on the painful area of the heel if possible! This is best achieved in the beginning by taking small steps with the kybun shoe or kybun mat and setting the heel down gently.
Then perform the rollover across the entire foot and push off over 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, I advise you to 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).

We advise wearing the kybun shoe without insoles. If you have orthopaedic insoles, you can put them in your ‘normal’ shoes and wear them during kybun shoe breaks as passive relief for the feet. Many kybun shoe users who used to wear insoles report that they no longer need them. But everybody will react differently!

Opinions/customer testimonials

Why do you wear shoes like that? They’re special shoes. Yes, they’re called kyBoot. They’re air-cushioned and wonderful. After walking a long distance barefoot on the beach, I ended up with a heel spur. That means a tear in the heel bone. I could no longer walk properly for months. Then I discovered the kyBoot and was able to try the shoes out. Lo and behold, all is well again. Since then, I always wear the kyBoot – in the mountains and elsewhere.
The relief from plantar fasciitis is good. I worry I’ll never be able to go back to all my other shoes but kybun shoes have already changed my life for the better.
The kyBoot is of greatbenefit to me. First of all, it helped with my knee problem, and then it helped with my heel spurs. That was the key thing. But my knees even hurt less, too,and it stimulates your circulation.
I got a heel spur about six months ago. At first, my mum gave me some soothing creams after the matches, but none of it helped. I put on my mum’s kybun shoes just for fun. Then I wore the shoes at a match and it became a lot better.
Hello, my name is Susanne Bogedaly. I have been suffering from chronic plantar fasciitis in both of my feet as well as a heel spur in my left foot for about a year and a half. I tried just about everything I could, including all conventional therapy methods. The doctors said there was virtually nothing left for them to try. I tried using insoles and sensorimotor insoles, took pain medication and underwent shockwave therapy. In the end, I was under so much psychological strain, and nothing had helped. In my desperation, I decided to try one last thing. I came across the kybun shoe on the Internet and tried on a pair. I did some research and opted for this model. I am very impressed. It was my last hope, and it has enabled me to walk comfortably, like I’m walking on air, just the way it was described in the advertisement. It is perfect for me, because I’m a nursery teacher and need to be on my feet every day. I am standing for many hours every day, so I wear the shoes at work and also wear them as slippers at home. I have already place an order for the next model, which is the Arosa model. This is a black lace-up boot that comes up to here. It looks very elegant. I want to encourage everyone who is suffering a similar fate as I was and is in despair to simply try it out! It really is worth it. I am very impressed. I can walk again comfortably and almost without any pain. I will stick with the kybun shoe. I am very happy with it. I wish everyone the best and urge them not to give up!
In my work as a sales trainer, I stand pretty much every day for 8-10 hours. A few years ago, this created a real problem – tremendous pain in my feet. It started with incredibly sharp pain from the first step out of bed in the morning, and built strongly throughout the day, to the point I could barely focus on my work by lunchtime. My doctor told me it was a common ailment that affects people who stand or walk a lot, called plantar fasciitis. For years, I tried everything – softer shoes, inserts to reduce heel shock, sitting during my presentations, even acupuncture, but nothing worked. I spent thousands on these so-called “cures” without any relief. Then one day while walking (painfully) down the street in Oakville, Canada I came across a little sign that advertised “new Swiss shoes that promised tremendous walking comfort”. Inside the pharmacy, a very nice woman introduced me to the kybun shoe. Wow, the pain in my heels was already less after just a couple of hours in the kybun shoe. After returning to Switzerland, I bought a pair immediately and started wearing them in my day-to-day work. After 2 weeks, I noticed something amazing… I no longer felt my feet during the day. They were just there, comfortable, and happy. No pain, even after I took off my shoes in the evening. No pain in the morning when getting out of bed. I simply could not believe it. The pain in my feet is simply gone – it’s changed my life. Pain is no longer the focus of my every waking (or walking) minute and I can stand all day in my workshops in total comfort. I am thankful for this amazing invention. These are the most terrific shoes and they really have changed my life!
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The kyBoot has a positive effect on my heel spurs. They still hurt, but I can walk normally.
The benefit of the shoe is that it absorbs the impact incurred when walking around, which, in turn, relieves the hip and knee joints as well as the heels.
I was able to get rid of my heel symptoms and, now, I can walk around with virtually no pain in my hip joints.
All my life I have been looking for shoes, these shoes I met by chance after 20 years of searching for comfortable shoes. When I tried the shoes for the first time I had an acute problem in my right foot, a painful spur that caused me to limp. The moment I put my foot in the shoe I had stopped limping. Since then I do not take them off, I only wear them. These shoes have changed my life and improved its quality. They enable me to walk or stand 12 hours a day. I have no pain. All my orthopedic problems are still there but they do not bother me anymore.
I’m so impressed with these shoes. I used to have a heel spur and I’ve actually lost track of all the places I tried before resorting to private treatment. Let me tell you straight up that it was ridiculously expensive. I tried everything that my health insurance would cover and honestly, I was going around with a really bad heel spur for a year and a half. I just didn’t know where to go in the end. My husband and I really love hiking. But I just couldn’t go anymore so he had to go alone, which really upset me. I always thought that there must be something else out there and then I discovered this shop. I thought, ok, I’ll have a look and then I ended up buying the shoes. I had some minor problems with them in the beginning because I had an inflammation in my foot. Once that cleared up, it only took four days for the pain in my feet to go away. I think I’ve had these shoes for about three months now and they’re still the only ones I wear. I highly recommend them. I’m so impressed! For me, these shoes are the best thing since sliced bread!
I had a problem with heel spurs. I couldn't walk any more. The doctor told me to walk for at most 20–30 minutes a day; no more walking uphill or downhill. And by coincidence I was in Bern and passed a kybun shop. So I went in and came out with a pair of kybun shoes. I put the shoes on straight away. They advise you not to wear the shoes too much at the start, but I've been wearing them since day one, and haven't had any problems in any of that time.
I had a heel spur this summer, so I went to the chemist's and wailed that I needed some pills. Instead, the sales assistant gave me a pair of kyBoot shoes. I never took them off again. After that, I heard there was a kybun shop in Rüti, and since then I've bought another two pairs.

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