Two Super Important Facts:
Stop doing the activity that caused your Achilles Injury. Try to rest your ankle as much as you can and consider using crutches. If you don't stop doing the activity that caused your Achilles Injury, it won't heal.
Don't use a stretching device or do stretching exercises for your Achilles until you are further along in the healing process. If stretching is done too soon, it can cause further damage to your Achilles.
Rapid Recovery for Achilles Tendon Injuries
An Achilles Injury is a prime example of a condition that involves chronic re-injury. This re-injury takes place every time you do an activity that involves the use of the Achilles Tendon (running, jumping, or even just walking). It also takes place when you attempt to stretch the fragile, healing Achilles tissue. Devices and exercises designed to stretch the Achilles will not do you any favors in the early stages of recovery. Even though stretching may feel good at the time, you may actually be reversing the healing process by tearing the Achilles Tendon further.
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Stop damaging your Achilles with continued stress and strain. You need to speed up the healing process, not reverse it. You need to promote blood flow to help your Achilles heal quickly. You need the ColdCure® and BFST® Achilles Wraps from King Brand® Healthcare.
The Ultimate Solution:
If you really
want to get better, here's exactly
what you need to do.
- Wear a ColdCure® Wrap as much as possible to relieve your pain and swelling and protect your Achilles from further damage.
- Do a BFST® treatment first thing every morning. Do 2 or 3 more BFST® treatments throughout the day. This will help you heal quickly.
- Avoid re-straining the injury as much as possible. Using KB Support Tape can help with this. Resting your ankle is hard, but it is very important in the early stages of healing.
Do this and your Achilles Injury can truly heal - finally.
Blood Flow Is Essential For Healing
You don't have to wait. You can heal much more quickly with the right treatment. For an Achilles Injury, blood flow is the most critical element in rapid recovery. Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy® (BFST®) gives your injured Achilles the blood flow it needs to heal quickly and completely.
Blood flow brings oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the injured area - a requirement for the body to heal itself. Unfortunately, an injured Achilles at rest often has restricted blood flow, which in turn limits the body's ability to heal. Physical activity will promote blood flow but all too often it also results in small but frequent re-injury, which extends your healing time and greatly increases the amount of scar tissue that develops. With a King Brand® BFST® Achilles Wrap, blood flow can be stimulated in the injured area while you are at rest. With improved blood flow and without physical activity and the risk of re-injury, you can recover from your Achilles Injury at a surprisingly rapid rate.
BFST® Devices are Electrical Medical Appliances that
actively stimulate blood flow in injured tissue.
BFST® devices help heal soft tissue.
BFST® stimulates blood flow through the Achilles while you are at rest. This is very important because while at rest, an unaided and inflamed Achilles can otherwise have seriously impeded blood flow. It is the oxygen and nutrient-rich blood that enables the healing process, so adequate blood flow is required for your Achilles to heal properly and quickly.
BFST® treatments feel great. They're very pleasant and relaxing. People often notice a warming sensation and slight tingling sensation from the increase in blood flow. For optimal results, do 3-4 BFST® treatments per day. Since the effects of each 20 minute treatment last for up to 4 hours, it's best to spread your treatments out over the course of the day. An ideal treatment regimen would be one treatment first thing in the morning, another treatment in the afternoon, a treatment in the evening, and the last treatment of the day right before bed.
You don't have to remove the BFST® Achilles Wrap once your treatment ends. BFST® Wraps are designed to be worn between treatments to provide lightweight support and protection for your injury. They also help to further reduce inflammation. When your BFST® treatment is over, simply unplug the controller from the device and gently tighten the straps around your Achilles. This constant pressure on your Achilles will work to reduce your swelling throughout the day, and the sooner you get rid of your swelling, the faster you can recover.
Dealing With Pain
Achilles Injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating, causing us to reach for painkillers again and again. While NSAIDs and analgesics such as ASA, acetaminophen or ibuprofen are often used to treat the pain, these drugs do nothing to heal the actual condition. In fact, NSAIDs and analgesics are known blood thinners and make the bleeding worse for fresh tissue injuries. Typical pain medications actually interfere with the healing process. Cortisone injections are used in extreme cases but these too are only intended to address the pain. They do not promote healing of the injury and they put you at a very high risk of further injury.
Painkillers are BAD, Not Good
Painkillers only mask the pain. Without fail this causes people to overstress and re-strain their Achilles Tendon, making their condition worse. It is understandable that people need relief from the pain, so if you have to take painkillers, try to restrict them to times when you are off your feet. You can use painkillers to help you sleep. Using them when you are active is a recipe for permanent damage.
The ColdCure® Achilles Wrap from King Brand® is a safe, effective alternative to painkillers. ColdCure® Wraps do an outstanding job of relieving pain and swelling, without any of the negative aspects of painkillers. ColdCure® also works faster. While painkillers can take 20 minutes to kick in, you will feel the cool, soothing relief of ColdCure® as soon as you put the wrap on. ColdCure® Wraps are superior to painkillers in every way.
ColdCure® Devices Reduce Pain and Swelling
ColdCure® Devices are NOT typical cold or ice packs.
For dealing with the swelling and pain associated with an Achilles Injury, nothing works better than cold compression.
ColdCure® technology was developed specifically to address the need for a cold compression device that does not freeze the skin or underlying tissue. ColdCure® gel packs pose no threat of cold burns or permanent tissue damage caused by freezing of the skin. This makes them much safer to use than other products that use ice. ColdCure® gel packs are completely safe to use for extended treatment durations, meaning faster relief of pain and swelling. Our ColdCure® technology is a huge improvement on regular ice packs.
The ColdCure® Achilles Wrap comes with 3 swappable cold packs that contain our unique XC RigiGel® formula. XC RigiGel® is firm yet flexible, unlike other gel formulas that are mushy and watery. This means the gel holds its form and doesn't move around to other areas of the pack. It stays in place over your injury, right where you need it. The gel won't move, even when put under heavy pressure for long periods of time. The gel packs are inserted inside the wrap one at a time so you can always have two charging in the freezer to keep your therapy going. Do your ColdCure® treatments in 20 minute intervals throughout the day, or as long as you need the relief.
Protect Your Achilles Between Treatments
When you're not doing treatments with your BFST® or ColdCure® Wraps, your already damaged tissue becomes vulnerable to further injury. This means you're more likely to re-injure your fragile, healing tissue and make your Achilles Injury worse than it already is. That's why you need KB Support Tape. By applying KB Support Tape between BFST® and ColdCure® treatments, you're providing your Achilles with the extra support and protection it needs.
Our skin is soft and elastic and can stretch much more than the tissue underneath. When you apply KB Support Tape to your skin, it becomes a much more rigid surface than before, serving to limit how much the skin can stretch. The Tape makes your skin a source of outside support to hold your tissue in place, helping to prevent re-injury. That's why we call it armor for your injury.
KB Support Tape - Use All Day During Work & Play
KB Support Tape provides your injury with lightweight, comfortable compression to relieve your swelling throughout the day. It also prevents re-injury by providing support and protection for your injured tissue.
KB Support Tape comes in 2 different styles: Pre-Cut Strips and a Continuous Roll. These 2 styles come in 4 different colors: Pink, Blue, Black & Beige. There's no functional difference between the colors, they just allow you to express your personal style.
The Pre-Cut Strips of KB Support Tape are perfect for people who want to use their tape on-the-go. Since they're already cut into ready-to-use strips, you can apply and go! Each roll of Pre-Cut KB Support Tape contains 20 individual strips. Each Pre-Cut Strip is 2 inches wide and 10 inches long.
The Continuous Rolls of KB Support Tape are ideal for you if you're looking for a more customizable Tape. You can cut the Tape into a variety of different shapes and sizes to achieve a completely unique application for your Achilles Injury. Each box contains 1 Continuous Roll of KB Support Tape that is 2 inches wide and 16 feet long.
While we found the above application to be effective for Achilles Injuries, it's only an example. We encourage you to try different applications for your Achilles to find the one that works best for you. Also, remember to listen to what your body is telling you. Use the pain as a guide. If you feel the pain in a specific area of your ankle, apply the tape there.
The Medical Tape Advantage
What sets KB Support Tape apart from the rest? It's not athletic tape, it's medical tape. This means our Tape is manufactured to ISO 10993 standards, which ensures that our Tape is made from extremely safe, biocompatible materials. Our Tape is actually made from materials that are safer than most baby products, including diapers, toys and clothes. Don't let the big brand tapes fool you. Most of them are made from toxic materials, because there are no standards for athletic tape. Some big brand tape glues even contain carcinogenic ingredients. At King Brand®, your health and safety is of utmost importance, which is why KB Support Tape is manufactured to such high standards.
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When you entered our site, an Achilles BFST® medical device, an Achilles ColdCure® medical device and a roll of KB Support Tape were automatically put into your shopping cart. What's in your cart are the three things you need to stop the pain and heal your Achilles Injury. You may go to the checkout at any time or please continue to learn more about treating Achilles Injuries by exploring our site. You can also find products to treat other injuries and ailments in our Shop.
Free Professional Guidance
Every BFST® and ColdCure® Wrap purchased comes with the free treatment advice and guidance of our King Brand® Advisors. One of our helpful Advisors will contact you 4 or 5 days after your order has been delivered to see how you're doing with the products and answer any questions you may have. Our Advisors are thoroughly trained on BFST® and ColdCure® technology. They are also highly knowledgeable when it comes to Achilles Injuries. Our Advisors truly care about your recovery. They can even help you develop a custom treatment plan that suits your specific needs. While one of our Advisors will follow up with you directly, you are welcome to contact us if you need any help.
Combination Therapy BFST® + ColdCure® Treatments
for Rapid Healing
for Pain & Swelling
to Prevent Re-Injury
Combination Therapy means using ColdCure® and BFST® in combination by alternating treatments, as well as using KB Support Tape between your treatments. Combination Therapy is much more effective than using just one product or the other. This is because you're getting the pain and swelling relief of ColdCure®, the healing benefits of BFST®, and the protection and re-injury prevention of KB Tape, resulting in the absolute best treatment for your Achilles Injury.
Use the ColdCure® Wrap several times a day help reduce not only the visible swelling you may see on the surface, but also the inflammation you may have and cannot see, deep down in the soft tissue.
Avoid using the BFST® Wrap until your inflammation and swelling has subsided. Start your BFST® treatments on Level 1. For maximum benefit, please take into consideration that each 20 minute treatment optimizes your blood circulation for an average of 4 hours. We recommend 3-4 treatments daily, spread throughout the day. During the day, do a BFST® treatment every 4 hours or before any type of physical activity. This can include anything that puts a strain on the injured area (walking, standing for extended periods, etc). This can also be used for preventative measures after a full recovery to optimize your blood flow.
Do a ColdCure® treatment any time you experience a pain flare-up or after any physical activity to prevent further injury and reduce swelling and inflammation. Wait 30-45 minutes after your ColdCure® treatment before doing another BFST® treatment. This time will allow the blood flow and body temperature to regulate again. Refrain from using ColdCure® within the 4 hours following your 20 minute BFST® treatment. This will counteract the treatment. If necessary, use the ColdCure® wrap for pain control, then follow up with another BFST® treatment.
Any time you're not doing a ColdCure® or BFST® treatment, wear KB Support Tape over your Achilles Injury. If you're taping and doing multiple BFST® treatments throughout the day, do your first BFST® treatment before the Tape is applied and your last treatment after the Tape has been removed at the end of the day.
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Medical Function - BFST® Wrap - Accelerated Healing
BFST® Wraps are FDA Registered Class II medical devices. Class II medical devices are designed, manufactured and tested to very high standards of quality, safety and performance. They comply with hundreds of pages of regulations and standards that are in place to keep you safe and ensure effective treatments. Manufacturers of consumer grade products can't say the same.
The Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy® (BFST®) Wrap is designed to promote blood flow in injured tissue below the dermal (fat and skin) layer. Utilizing our proprietary Energy Web®, specially controlled and incredibly safe EMR energy envelops the Achilles and stimulates blood flow in the soft tissue deep beneath the skin. The resulting blood flow brings oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the injured area, accelerating the healing process.
BFST® Wraps come with a 3 level power controller. Everyone should start their treatments on Level 1 and work their way through the levels gradually as they heal. Proceeding immediately to Level 2 or 3 will not speed up the healing process. You need to condition the body first.
During your first treatments on Level 1, your Achilles area will feel quite warm. This is because at first, your circulation is poor. The more treatments you do, the less warming sensation you will feel. This is good. As the warmth lessens from treatment to treatment, this is an indication that the circulation in your Achilles is improving. Better circulation means blood flow all the time, not just during treatments. This is the goal. When you feel very little warmth during a treatment, it is time to move up to the next power level. Don't rush it though, more heat does not mean better treatment. In fact, less heat means better treatment, so take your time moving up in levels.
There is a huge difference between BFST® Wraps and heating pads. BFST® Wraps stimulate blood flow to the area of your injury deep below the skin. This works to heal your damaged tissue. Heating pads can't do this. All heating pads do is bring blood to the surface of your skin, making it hot to the touch.
The Energy Web® of the BFST® Achilles device is enclosed in a soft, comfortable neoprene wrap. The wrap shapes the Energy Web® to conform all the way up the length of your Achilles to ensure there is an even distribution of energy over your injury. The wrap is opened and closed using attached Velcro® straps that allow you to customize the fit. After your treatment, unplug the device from the outlet and continue wearing the wrap for support and comfort. This will also help you get rid of the inflammation more quickly.
Complete the Healing Process
When you're recovering from an Achilles Injury, the pain ends long before you've finished healing. In fact, the pain is usually gone once your tissue is about 20% - 30% healed. The entire healing process is very complex, and much longer than most people realize. (You can click here for the full story). The key thing to remember is that long after the pain stops, your Achilles is still healing. This means you need to keep doing BFST® treatments in order to complete the healing process. Doing regular BFST® treatments for several months after the pain is gone is extremely beneficial. Do a BFST® treatment prior to any physical activity. This will act as a warm up for your circulatory system and help maintain the healing you've done. You should also continue using KB Support Tape to help prevent re-injury.
Medical Function - ColdCure® Wrap - Extreme Pain Relief
ColdCure® Wraps are FDA Registered Class I medical devices. Cold and compression applied to an injured Achilles immediately reduces the risk of further damage from excessive swelling. Doctors and Therapists agree that controlling swelling is a fundamental part of reducing the long term, permanent damage that can result from soft tissue injuries. The ColdCure® Wrap exceeds all government and health agency regulatory requirements for cold therapy, specifically for use in treating soft tissue injuries.
ColdCure® RigiGel® packs are much safer and more effective than ice and products that use mushy blue gel. Why? Because RigiGel® packs are like ice, but they stay at 0°C. While they may start at about -20°C straight from the freezer, after a few minutes they will go to 0°C and stay at 0°C for a long time. This is the ideal temperature for cold therapy, because it's cold enough to relieve your pain and swelling, but safe enough to not cause cold burns. Ice and blue gel packs will also start out at -20°C and rapidly go to 0°C, but then their temperature will keep rising quickly, instead of staying in the safe, effective zone of 0°C. The XC Gel® danger zone is very small, but the benefits are huge.
While XC Gel® packs are designed to be stored in the freezer, you can store them in the fridge if you'd prefer them to be less cold. Not all freezers are the same. If you find that the gel is too stiff from the freezer, leave it out for several minutes before inserting it into the wrap. When the pack is soft enough to bend, it's ready to use for treatment.
Most people think that RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation - is the formula to follow when treating a soft tissue injury, but the proper solution is actually RCCE® - Rest, Cold, Compression & Elevation. You don't want to apply ice, you want to apply cold that is just above freezing. Yes, you want cold - and lots of it - but not so cold that it is below the freezing point of water. The truth is that ice can actually freeze your skin and numb your nerves, causing 'cold burns' and even permanent damage to your underlying tissue.
ColdCure® gel packs contain 10x more gel per lb than other products. This means complete coverage of your injured Achilles. When stored in the freezer, XC Gel® packs also have 3x more cooling power per lb than other products. This means longer treatments and less time spent swapping the gel packs. It also means faster relief of your pain and swelling. Bigger packs with more gel inside, plus superior cooling power, equals an overall better, more effective treatment.
The ColdCure® Achilles gel pack is custom designed for the shape of the Achilles. It conforms to the back of your ankle to ensure that there is an even distribution of cooling power over the entire injured area. All of our gel packs are designed for a specific part of the body. Each part of the body is uniquely shaped, which is why each one of our gel packs is uniquely shaped too. This product is 100% designed to treat Achilles Injuries.
Unique XC RigiGel® Formula
Gel packs are notorious for having hot and cold spots. Our XC RigiGel® formula helps to distribute the cold evenly throughout the pack. When cold pressure is applied to an Achilles Injury, the gel starts to warm up in that specific spot faster than the rest of the pack. The cold energy is transferred from the cold spots to the warm spots much more effectively. This is a valuable improvement as your hot, swollen ankle will receive the cooling power of the entire gel pack. The temperature-balancing power of this gel formula is unmatched.
XC Gel® packs have 2 different colored sides: a white side and a gold side. Both sides will give you all the same benefits that our high performance XC RigiGel® has to offer. XC Gel® packs can be inserted inside the wrap with the white side facing towards your Achilles or away from your Achilles since they're not side specific.
King Brand® Quality
King Brand® soft tissue rehabilitation medical products are the #1 choice by top Athletic Therapists and Medical Practitioners worldwide. We provide guaranteed results and customer satisfaction. Like all King Brand® products, there simply isn't a better performing option. All King Brand® products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Try our products and if you are not completely impressed, you can send them back for a full refund. We know you will love them though, because thousands of people already use them and rave about the results.
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King Brand® ColdCure® and BFST® Wraps are FDA Registered medical devices. They have also passed the Health Canada, ISO 13485, ISO 10993 and IEC 60601-1 3rd Edition approval processes. When it comes to material safety, ISO 10993 is very important. This standard ensures that our devices are made from safe, high quality materials that are 100% biocompatible. These are not simple consumer goods. These devices are intended to prevent, treat and cure soft tissue injuries and chronic conditions. This means that they're manufactured and tested to the highest safety standards in the industry.
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