Hip pain

With hip joint complaints, pain is felt most frequently in the area of the groin. However, hip joint complaints can also cause pain on the outside of the hip joint, the upper part of the thigh, the buttocks and sometimes in the knee.

Hip pain can be alleviated with kybun. Soft, elastic standing and walking dampens the impact from hard surfaces, strengthens the hip musculature and improves the posture.


Everyone means something different when they say ‘hip’. Some people only mean the joint itself. Others view the small of the back, pelvis and upper thigh as part of the hip.
By definition, the hip includes the hip joint and surrounding area from the waist to the upper part of the leg.

Hip pain may occur after severe physical strain but also at rest. It may express itself as pain when you get going in the morning, as pain that occurs in phases or as a chronic complaint. It is frequently accompanied by feelings of instability, stiffness and a limited range of motion.

A distinction is made between acute pain and chronic pain that has already lasted longer than three months.


There are numerous possible causes of hip pain. It is therefore important to define these complaints clearly.

A common case of hip pain: signs of wear (osteoarthritis) in the joint.

Hip pain is often equated with osteoarthritis pain in the hip. However, the main causes are usually found in the area of corresponding muscles, tendons, bursa and nerves. Sometimes there is also something wrong with the small of the back (lumbar spine), or the disturbance lies outside the locomotor system.

Other causes:

  • Overloading due to training and work (e.g. tense hip musculature)
  • Hip impingement (restriction of the hip joint)
  • Accidents or joint injuries
  • Congenital malpositions
  • Osteoporosis
  • Infections
  • Chronic arthritis
  • Metabolic disturbances (gout, rheumatism)
  • Pressure on nerves (nerve root in the spine or locally on the hip joint)

Long-term consequences – trapped in a vicious circle

Hip pain can lead to relieving postures, which overload other joints and body structures and cause secondary disorders or secondary pain. Furthermore, pain leads to a reduction in exercise and those who move less automatically put on more weight. This in turn has a negative effect on hip complaints. Many affected by chronic (joint) pain are therefore caught in a downward spiral. The primary therapy objective is to escape this downward spiral.

Conventional therapy

Conservative treatment methods in case of hip pain primarily consist of weight loss if necessary, and of movement exercises, which are put together and taught by a physiotherapist. The aim of such exercises is to strengthen the muscles surrounding the joint and to improve hip mobility. Additional treatment approaches include massage, the application of heat and cold, pharmacology treatment and orthopaedic devices.
The objective of conservative therapy is to maintain joint function and reduce pain.

The kybun principle of operation – being proactive

The kybun mat and kybun shoe are ideal for bringing more movement to everyday life and escaping the downward spiral of hip pain – all without spending any additional time. Acute pain is relieved quickly and longer walking distances are possible again since strain on the hip joints is reduced.

The soft, elastic foam material acts as a ‘crumple zone’, effectively dampening impact on the joints during running and walking.

Exercise becomes more comfortable again, and hip complaints are reduced after just a few minutes in most cases. Those who like to exercise frequently find it much easier to shed extra pounds, which in turn reduces strain on the joints. Nearly all customers affected by (joint) pain report a reduction in pain since they started wearing the kybun shoe.

With conventional shoes

Fig. 3: Ankle joints restricted by shoes, folding in with virtually no dampening of impact, knee highly flexed during heel strike, causing improper strain.

After 6 weeks with kyBoot

Fig. 4: Ankle joints free, making a physiological rollover possible with the knee extended. --> Strain and the risk of osteoarthritis are minimised

It’s not only the cushioning effect that helps alleviate pain. When standing the soft, elastic supporting underlay, one automatically keeps moving very slightly. When standing and walking on soft, elastic materials, the core stability musculature has to make a major contribution in order to stabilise the joints. Strong core stabilising musculature ensures an upright posture, resulting in more precise movements in the joints. Lack of exercise due to pain results in long-term muscle loss (amyotrophia). Signs of excessive strain in the hip joint can develop more quickly as a result. The ability to stabilise the joints under load can be improved again through proprioceptive, sensorimotor and coordination training on an unstable surface. This also leads to a reduction in (joint) pain. Training the core stabilising musculature is easy to integrate into everyday life by wearing the kybun shoe.

Attention! Short-term effects are often confused with lasting effects.

The adjustment processes in the body triggered by the kybun shoe can take months or even years. Achieving lasting change is a protracted process.

Despite that, the effect of the soft, elastic material can also be felt quickly, for example in the relaxation of tense muscles and the alleviation of pressure points. These short-term effects must not be confused with the effects in the long run, since the long-term adjustment process cannot progress far enough in a week to be perceptible.

Short-term effects, on the other hand, can disappear again just as quickly as they came, or can even turn into complaints if you do not take the necessary breaks in the beginning.

Therefore, it is important to understand that an initial reaction and a reduction of the positive feeling in the first few weeks with the kybun shoe does not mean that the kybun shoe is no longer working, but merely that the short-term sense of well-being is declining!

Prevention with kybun

Everyone knows that the body is subject to wear, and that problems while walking and running are bound to occur sooner or later. Yet most people only start to consciously perceive their body as a fragile and transient structure once they experience problems. In most cases, however, it is already too late because irreversible damage such as cartilage wear has already occurred.

Therefore it is important to act before pain is felt or is increasing. The kybun mat and kybun shoe help protect the joints and prevent osteoarthritis even in youth.

Initial reactions

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 hip pain :

  1. Focus on fast exercises
  2. Slow exercises to allow you to recover in between. Be sure not to walk too slowly while performing the exercises, otherwise the muscles will tense up.

Application tips

  • Upright body posture
  • Do not make your steps too long
  • Everyday/leisure: Walk with the kybun shoe or use the kybun mat as much as possible. Take note of fatigue > perform the kybun exercises regularly and take a short break if needed.
  • Job: Sit as little as possible. Alternate sitting and standing in the beginning, and take along replacement shoes to change into
  • If you feel unsafe/too unstable in the kybun shoe even after a test walk, we recommend a kybun shoe model with a lower rebound effect. These have a somewhat wider sole in the area of the midfoot, providing added stability. Seek advice from your local kybun expert.
  • If you find the kybun shoe model with lower rebound effect too unstable for you as well, we recommend the kybun mat. You can choose the thickness you are comfortable with (the thicker, the less stable, the more intensive the training). You can also hold on to a fixed object. This can be helpful especially in the beginning after the operation, until you regain confidence in the hip.
  • Precise movements are essential with hip pain. Pay attention to exact movements and take a break in case of fatigue or weakness. Lateral/medial rolling of the ankle joint on the soft, elastic material has to be corrected so that the load is applied to the foot, knee and hip with proper axial alignment. Read more under ‘Lateral/medial rolling of the ankle joint’.
  • Contact a kybun dealer you trust if you have further questions, feel insecure or if there is no alleviation of pain when using the kybun shoe even though you are following the tips.

Opinions/customer testimonials

Morgens beim Aufstehen fühlte es sich an, als träte ich mit der rechten Ferse in eine Reisszwecke. Unwillkürlich habe ich wohl versucht, das betroffene Bein weniger zu belasten. Infolge der Schonhaltung bekam ich heftige Hüftschmerzen, denen dann meine ganze Aufmerksamkeit galt. Schliesslich wurde mir klar, dass ich völlig anders lief als zuvor und meine Hüftgelenke lediglich deshalb überstrapaziert wurden. Meine Schmerzen wurden jedoch immer grösser. Ich bekam neue Einlagen, aber nie passten sie perfekt. Ich war verzweifelt, denn nur durch eine ausgewogene Ernährung und die täglichen Wanderungen mit meinem Mann hatte ich ja abgenommen und meinen Typ-2-Diabetes, der schon insulinpflichtig zu werden drohte, in den Griff bekommen. Das sollte jetzt alles vorbei sein? Damit wollte ich mich nicht abfinden. Dank meiner Tochter wurde ich auf die kybun Schuhe aufmerksam. In einem kybun Shop stand ich dann auf einer gepolsterten Matte. Der Verkäufer forderte mich auf, mit dem ganzen Fuss aufzutreten und beim Laufen mal richtig abzurollen. Das habe ich mich zunächst nicht getraut. Ganz vorsichtig wagte ich den ersten Schritt und stellte fest, dass das schmerzfrei funktionierte. Mir kamen vor Erleichterung die Tränen. Ich probierte die ersten Paar Luftkissen-Schuhe an. Ich hatte vor, die zu mieten, um sie zu testen. Ich lief allerdings derart gut darin – die kranke Ferse tat kaum noch weh – dass ich gleich zwei Paar kaufte. Ich bekam zusätzlich Dehnungsübungen gezeigt. Die Übungen mache ich seither mehrmals täglich. Schon seit einem Dreivierteljahr kann ich nun wieder völlig schmerzfrei gehen, brennende Füsse und stechende Schmerzen gehören der Vergangenheit an. Inzwischen besitze ich sechs Paar Schuhe mit der Luftkissensohle. Mich hat einfach der Ehrgeiz gepackt. Schliesslich habe ich auf diese Weise in den letzten vier Jahren zwölf Kilo abgenommen und meine Blutwerte liegen wieder im Normalbereich. Ich kann jetzt völlig auf Diabetes-Medikamente verzichten.

How did you find out about the World of walk-on-air? I came on a daytrip with the Chrischona church in Amriswil/Romanshorn/Arbon.
How does it feel to wear kybun shoes?
Fantastic, it’s like walking on clouds. It’s very pleasant.
Would you recommend the product to others?
Absolutely, I would definitely recommend it!

The real benefit for me is that I’m comfortable when walking and have a lightness to my step. I don’t have a limp despite two surgically repaired hips, and my feet don’t sweat and are never tired. My feet are moving, I feel good and I stand up straight. I no longer hunch over, and my back pain is gone. The kyBoot is everything I had hoped for from a custom shoe.

I had pain in my hips and kidneys. So I considered what I could do about it. I won’t go to the doctor, as he only prescribes me drugs. Then, it occurred to me that I already have shoes like these. I tried them out and within three days, the pain was gone. It really is true.

Anyone who would like to have that soft feeling when they walk, people who need to take care of their joints and anyone who has hip, knee or back problems. I highly recommend trying out these shoes.

I was able to get rid of my heel symptoms and, now, I can walk around with virtually no pain in my hip joints.

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.

What was the best thing about the Production Experience tour? I liked everything about it really. Especially the treadmill and this piece of equipment, the SensoPro. It’s amazing. It’s the perfect way to train for skiing. How long have you been wearing kybun shoes? I had two hip operations. That was two or three years ago and I’ve been wearing kybun shoes ever since. I’m absolutely delighted with them. They are fantastic. I have six pairs. Would you recommend the Production Experience tour to others? Definitely! It really is something special. I also learned to be more mindful of how I walk. I had been neglecting it. I do it when I’m out Nordic walking but I hadn’t really thought about it when walking normally. I suppose I just lost the ability to do it. But it’s what I learned here today and it’s something I really value.

My husband has a pair of kybun shoes and I was quite jealous of him because they were so comfortable, particularly the footbed. I often wear kybun shoes. When I developed hip problems, I was only barely able to walk a few hundred metres to the supermarket. That all changed when I got these shoes. Now I can go walking again.

At 66 years old, I have had two hip replacements, a right knee replacement, and have undergone two major back operations. My knees had always been swollen, but once I tried the kybun shoe, they became normal again after two days. Now I can walk for hours without limping. I feel truly alive again.

I never would have thought this much was possible from a shoe alone. Who would have thought that you could improve your entire quality of life thanks to a shoe alone and not have to do anything other than just put on your shoes like everyone else and start walking. As I said, it comes close to a miracle for me.

I had serious problems. I had to wear orthopaedic insoles all the time for the last years. I used to have regular problems with my hips. That's all gone now. I no longer wear insoles and the hip pain has almost entirely gone.

I feel good in these shoes. I can walk and stand in them as long as I like. My hips don't hurt, my knees don't hurt. I simply feel fine.  Watch the video

Ein wunderbarer Schuh. Beim Bügeln bekomme ich keine Rückenschmerzen mehr. Möchte diesen Schuh nicht mehr missen und freue mich über die Neueröffnung des kybun Shops in Ahrensburg. Mein Mann hat eine künstliche Hüfte mit nunmehr einem verkürzten Bein und hat mit diesen Schuhe keinerlei Probleme, weil die Sohle den Körperdruck ausgleicht. Ich, besser wir, können diese Schuhe nur empfehlen.

Die ausführliche Untersuchung und der klinische Test zeigen: Durch die langgezogene Schnürung lässt sich der kybun Schuh sehr passgenau auf den Fuss fixieren, was auch die exakte Positionierung des Fusses über der Sohle ermöglicht. Das grosse Innenvolumen ermöglicht ein genügendes Spiel der Zehen ohne Druckstellen und ist somit auch für Personen mit vergrössertem Fussvolumen geeignet. Das Schaftmaterial ist sehr weich, was den Tragekomfort noch weiter verbessert. Die speziell konstruierte Sohle bereichert das Innenklima des Schuhes ganz erheblich, da die Belüftung bei jedem Schritt zu einer Ventilation des Fusses führt. Dies ist besonders bei mehrstündigem Tragen sehr angenehm. Die extreme Dämpfung ist vor allem für Menschen mit Arthroseproblemen in den Beinen sowie auch im Hüftbereich und auch im Wirbelsäulenbereich geeignet. Die hohe Deformations- Potenz der schock-absorbierenden Sohle wird nicht, wie bei andern handelsüblichen Gesundheitsschuhen, durch eine übertriebene Erhöhung der Sohle erreicht, sondern durch das ausgeklügelte Dämpfungssystem. Trotz des starken Federns des Fusses beim Abrollvorgang entsteht keine eigentliche Instabilität, da die Laufsohle breit gehalten wurde, was die seitliche Abstützung gewährleistet. Die hohe Dämpfung im Mittel- und Vorfussbereich predestiniert den kybun Schuh für Menschen mit Mittelfuss- und Vorfussbeschwerden oder Fehlstellung der Zehen und Arthrosen.