January 3, 2018 will mark six months of me wearing kybun shoes. Six months is a good time to do a review!
On Boxing Day (the day after Christmas Day for those not familiar with this particular holiday), I went to the races wearing my newest pair!
Deciding on the sandals wasn’t without some difficulty as I have very flat feet. Consequently, there was some concern on the part of the staff fitting me that my toes would not sit where toes are supposed to sit, without the support of a closed shoe. I so very much wanted a pair of sandals though! We did go for a slightly larger size than I wear in the Luzern and they are truly wonderful!
I’ve had NO problems with them at all and the colour means they go with pretty much all my summer clothes. Yes, I’ll admit I haven’t quite mentally adjusted to dressing up for social events without high heels, but the benefit of enjoying those social events without sore feet or a sore back is so, so good! I get over the girly desire to flaunt heels very quickly. Adding a pop of polish helps.
So how have I fared, wearing all these kybun shoes?
I think the best illustration is my lumbar spine. I recently had an MRI and discovered I have several issues with my lower back.
The pain running through my right buttock at various times is thought to be a result of the facet joint issues, NOT the discs. The plan was for me to undergo radiofrequency facet joint denervation in January or February. This is basically ablation of the nerves. It is not permanent, the nerve tissue does grow back: the idea is to give enough pain free time to build up the posterior chain strength before the nerve tissue repairs, thereby supporting the facet joints and prevent or minimise future pain.
While it is considered a very successful procedure, it is still a procedure. Six months after wearing my kybun shoes, I am very seriously considering not having the procedure at all, or at the very least, deferring it. I am NO LONGER experiencing the recurrent pain through my right buttock that I was. Yes, I do get minor episodes infrequently: after all, as great as kybun are, they are not going to cure facet joint hypertrophy and I am in no way suggesting they have. Clearly, I have been able to do more physically and therefore gain sufficient posterior chain strength, already, to minimize the pain I was experiencing. kybun are not the only factor at play: I have recently whipped my thyroid condition into shape (we hope) with some radioactive iodine and that is also helping my muscle strength. Hyperactive thyroid conditions can result in lack of muscle tone and strength, something I did indeed suffer from. While the arms and quads are most often cited as the areas most affected, given my own personal experience I am of the opinion other muscles on the body are also affected. So yes, there are a few factors at play in my personal situation. I still credit kybun with being a major contributor to my improvements.
Yesterday I walked over 10,000 steps in the sandals and I am very happy to report I have pulled up fine today. Given my stride length, 10,000 steps is 7.3 kilometres. We walked from home to the Beachcomber Café for lunch. I never expected or planned to walk those distances in the sandals, so I am very happy. This is the view from our table. Under the umbrellas, for me!
This is about getting back that quality of Live so we can enjoy views and walks like these!
Now the man in my life is not the best photographer in the world (lessons ARE in progress!), but here is a snap I asked him to take at the at the races to illustrate one can still look stylish in flats. This is a dress I would, in the past, have worn heels with: however I was a great deal more comfortable in the sandals and the they tone well with the fabric pattern. I am sorry about the lack of a head – it just was completely overlooked by the photographer. I promise he will do better in future!
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