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Exercise and Stretching with Achilles Injuries

Achilles Tendonitis
Stretching and Exercise

Achilles Injury Causes

  • We explain the true purpose of the Achilles Tendon - it's not supposed to stretch!

  • Excessive Exercise can cause or prolong Achilles Tendonitis. Rest may be best to start.

  • We explain causes, good advice, bad advice and how to treat Achilles Injuries properly.

One Super Important Fact:

One Super Important Fact

Your Achilles is not supposed to stretch. It is a band of tissue that ties your heel bone to your calf muscle. The muscle will stretch but the tendon is not supposed to. Achilles Tendonitis is exactly what happens when your Achilles stretches from too much stress.

The Achilles Tendon is a thick band of tissue that transfers power from your leg to your foot, connecting your heel bone to your calf muscles. The Achilles tendon is there to pull on your heel bone to cause your foot to flex at your ankle. It is supposed to be like an iron rope. You don't want your Achilles tendon to loosen, or your ankle's strength will be lost.

Stretching the Achilles is Bad. Ankle Pressure from Footwear is Worse

Achilles stretches are BAD

Your Achilles is the most heavily loaded tendon in your body. With every step it is pulling so hard on the back of your heel that your foot flexes at the ankle and lifts your entire body on the ball of your foot. It's not supposed to stretch one bit. If it does stretch, it tears. It may tear all in one spot (which we refer to as a torn Achilles), or it may get damaged over a large length of the tendon (which we refer to as Achilles Tendonitis). Either way, the solution to an Achilles injury is absolutely not doing more of what damaged it in the first place - stretching.

Achilles Shoes

If you can feel the back of your shoes on the back of your ankle, your shoes may be part of the problem. You should never have any pressure on the back of your ankle when you are active. This puts abrasive pressure on your Achilles and can be the cause of your issues. Similarly, you should never wear a tight band or strap around your ankle when you are active. There are sites that sell them as 'solutions' to Achilles injuries, but the reality is they are just going to make your situation worse! Never have anything pressing on or squeezing around your Achilles when you are active. Never.

Stretching and Achilles Tendonitis:

Achilles Pain

That horrible pain you feel when you first start moving sometimes, is because your ankle actually did some healing. The small tears in your Achilles started to close up and then when you took those first steps, the strain tore them all open again. Years of evolution have taught our bodies that we need to use our feet anyway, so after the first few moments of pain, our nervous system mutes the messages and the brutal pain subsides. We rest and we heal; we are active and we do more damage. This is classic Achilles tendonitis. So many people feel the initial pain but then realize if they don't go too hard they can still be active and the pain seems to largely go away. Yes, the pain subsides, but when you get to this point you are continuing to damage your Achilles even further.

You are not alone. Millions of people have had the same issue. The best thing you can do for your ankle is to NOT stretch and NOT do exercise. ... at least for a little while as your body gets over the hump of healing. You may find advice on the internet that says do this stretch or that one, or exercise in this or that way, but it's all wrong. It may be an athlete, or a naturopath, or a physiotherapist, or maybe even a doctor of some sort, but they are absolutely wrong.

Achilles Healing Time

Until the pain cycle goes away, your Achilles needs rest. Don't exercise. Don't stretch. Rest your ankle as much as you can until the pain stops. Once the pain has largely gone you can start to become more active again but at all times watch for the pain returning. If the pain shows up at all, ease up again. Be patient, It's not forever. Once you get on top of the condition you will get back to your old self over time. You just need to respect your injury in the short term and let it heal.

Exercise and Achilles Injuries:

To be clear, you exercise muscles, not tendons. Exercise can be part of recovering from an Achilles injury, but it's the second part, not the first part. The first thing you need to do is rest your injury. Stop exercising, stop moving as much as possible - for a short time - to allow yourself to get over the initial injury. Depending on how bad the damage is, that rest could be a few days or a few weeks. Your pain will be your guide. If it still hurts, you need to keep piling on the rest.

A big reduction in activity over a long period of time though, causes your muscles to get smaller - in this case your calf muscle. This process is called 'muscle atrophy'. If the atrophy is significant you will want to do exercises later in the healing process to rebuild the lost muscle. This is often where physiotherapy comes in. Physiotherapy is for the second stage of the healing process, the rebuilding process. If you start exercising too early in the recovery process you are only going to prolong your condition or perhaps even make it worse!

How to Treat Your Achilles Properly

Achilles Foot Wrap

Since early stretching and exercise will move you backward, what can you do to help yourself heal? There are some good options. As you are starting to realize, Achilles Tendonitis is a case of repetitive healing and reinjury. You take a couple steps forward then you end up going a couple steps backward. The trick is to make the backwards steps as small as possible and the healing steps as large as possible.

The safest and most effective treatment solution for an Achilles injury is rest, along with ColdCure® and BFST® treatments.

Try to rest your affected ankle as much as possible. Consider using crutches to keep the weight off your injured foot.

Use the ColdCure® Achilles Wrap to relieve your pain and internal inflammation. ColdCure® can also be used to treat any flare ups of pain that occur during the healing process. Most importantly, use the ColdCure after any significant activity to help your ankle stabilize any new injury. This limits the size of the backward healing steps.

Achilles Foot Lump

Use the BFST® Foot Wrap 3x to 4x per day to promote blood flow to your injured Achilles. This increase in blood flow works to heal your damaged tissue, accelerating the recovery process. BFST treatments make the steps forward - the healing steps - as large as possible. Keep doing BFST® treatments for several months after the pain is gone. The healing process takes much longer than most people think. Even once the pain has disappeared, your Achilles may only be 20% or 30% healed. That doesn't mean you can't restart activities. You can increase your activity as the pain goes away, just increase it slowly and if the pain returns let up again.

Note that it is very common when your body is healing tendon injuries, particularly partial tears, that a large lump may form on the back of your ankle. This is really a good thing. This is your body building a special, strong, temporary tissue around the injury to try to protect it and pull the torn sections back together. The hard lump may last for several months, but it will go away in time. For more information see our How your Body Heals page.

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.

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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.

Cold Compression is Essential for Managing Pain

To minimize pain and swelling, complete a ColdCure® treatment any time your pain level increases, or if you have been active. The ColdCure® Achilles Wrap provides superior relief of the swelling and pain that comes with Achilles Tendonitis. ColdCure® Achilles Wraps use cold and compression together, because cold and compression are the two things you need to eliminate pain and swelling as quickly and effectively as possible. The application of cold compression must be uniform and complete if it's going to work the best, and this is why the ColdCure® Achilles Wrap has been custom designed to perfectly fit the back of the Ankle, to ensure that your injury receives an even distribution of cooling power.

Protect Your Achilles Between Treatments

King Brand Support Tape

When you're not doing treatments with your BFST® or ColdCure® Wrap, your injured tissue becomes vulnerable to further damage. You don't want to re-injure your already fragile tissue and make your Achilles Tendonitis worse. Apply KB Support Tape between your BFST® and ColdCure® treatments to provide your Achilles Tendon with additional support and protection.

Your ankle moves a lot through the day, and when you're injured with an Achilles Tendon Injury, you feel every little movement. You can't stop and wait for your Achilles Tendonitis to go away, so let's provide some support for your ankle, without taking away your range of motion. KB Support Tape is designed to protect your tendons, ligaments and muscles and help prevent further damage as you go through your day. It does this all without restricting your range of motion.

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. KB Support Tape makes your skin a source of outside support to hold your tissue in place, helping you avoid re-injury. That's why we call it armor for your injury.

I've been to three pediatrists. They told me to do exercises with stretching, ... I wasn't really happy. The BFST treatment and the ColdCure Treatment has been amazing. I'm on my feet all day as I'm a registered nurse. Since I've been following the directions to the T, the pain has went away. I don't have to decide "okay let me get up now its time to walk and I know I'm going to have pain". Thank you so much! I can't even begin... I'm glad I went back to researching and came across you guys.

VERONICA from New YorkColdCure Achilles | BFST AchillesMay 23, 2022

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No one wants to sit on hold for hours, just to have a simple question answered. Now you don't have to wait! King Brand Treatment Advisors are available 7 days a week to take your calls. At King Brand, we put a lot of focus into our Customer Service and support for our customers. After all, whoever answers the phone, is the face of the company. You will always be met by kind and compassionate Treatment Advisors, who are thoroughly trained on how the products work, and help to guide you through the entire recovery process. Not sure if you're suffering from an Achilles Tendon Injury? As Treatment Advisors, we can recommend what products will best suit your injury. Our team of Treatment Advisors are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to Achilles Tendon Injuries and would like to help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible. We can even help you create a treatment plan that is specific to your schedule. The free professional consulting services of our King Brand® Treatment advisors comes because we care about you. We spend all day helping people just like you recover from their Achilles Tendon Injury.

Why do we care? We're an American company helping Americans in need. A little kindness can go a long way. You're injured and in pain, and we want to help you get better. As a customer, feel confident that you're ordering from a US company. Everything is made in the USA and it all ships from within the US. Shipping is quick and you'll be receiving a high quality medical device that will continue to work for years to come.

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You're Ready To Go - Pick Your Package

Recovery Packages

The King Brand Recovery Packs listed below include everything you need to heal as quickly as possible from your Achilles Injury. As an added bonus, the Recovery Packs include a discount that's been built into the package price.

Three Piece Recovery Pack - Save BIG on the Essentials

The Three Piece Recovery Package deal includes the Achilles BFST®, Achilles ColdCure® and KB Support Tape.

    This bundle helps to:

  • reduce pain and swelling with the ColdCure® Achilles Wrap.
  • provide a faster healing time with the BFST® Achilles Wrap.
  • provide protection for your Achilles using the KB Support Tape

These are the three most important tools for your Achilles injury. They work together to heal you, protect you, and reduce the pain.

Four Piece "On The Go" Pack - The Biggest Savings Including Battery

Save THE MOST when you buy all 4 items!
The Four Piece Recovery Pack is designed for people who are always on the go, and want the convenience of treatments anywhere and at any time. This bundle includes everything mentioned in our Three Piece Recovery Pack, and it also includes our BFST® Battery Pack. With the BFST® Battery Pack, you don't need an outlet. You can take your treatments in the car, on the plane, or wherever your day takes you. With a full charge on your BFST® Battery Pack, you will have more than enough power to complete all of your treatments for 2 or 3 days between charges.

Individual Items

Looking for a custom solution? Build your own treatment package. Add individual items to the cart that work for your lifestyle to treat your injury.

BFST® Achilles Wrap - Heal the Fastest

If you're wanting to just stick with the most essential piece, the BFST® Achilles Wrap is your best choice. This Class II medical device actively stimulates healing in your Achilles to get you on the mend ASAP! As is, this device plugs into a wall outlet for 20 minute sessions of comfortable soothing Blood Flow Stimulation. To Stimulate Healing it is really all you need. Treat yourself in the morning and at night and before any strenuous activity and your healing process will happen as fast as possible.

ColdCure® Achilles Wrap - Stop the Pain

If your biggest issue is the pain, then you definitely want the ColdCure® wrap. The ColdCure® Achilles Wrap comes with 3 swappable cold packs that contain our unique XC RigiGel® formula. This isn't that 'blue goo' that you get from the drug store, now way. This is super gel. It holds tons more cold and stays cold much longer. Its ice that bends like rubber. It's amazing. The elasticized wrap holds the cold firmly in place against your injury sucking away the pain while it gently reduces swelling. If pain is your #1 concern, this is your #1 solution. With extra gel packs included you can treat the pain, over and over again, never running out of ice.

KB Support Tape - Protection from Re-injury

KB Tape
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Too busy to be injured? Have to keep going? Then KB Support Tape is your "must have". Constant reinjury is often the biggest reason the Achilles doesn't heal. It heals when at rest but when you get back on your feet the injury gets worse. Athletes are always taped up. That's to prevent against reinjury while they are active. And KB Support tape is the best for that purpose. Taping is very underappreciated and very effective. If you have to keep moving, you have to tape.

The color is purely your sense of style.
The Pre-Cut Strips are super convenient; they're really the right length for Achilles taping.
The Continuous Roll gives you more control over how you tape your Achilles and you get them most use out of a single roll.

BFST® Battery Pack - Treat Yourself Anywhere

You will never miss a treatment if you have the Rechargeable Battery Pack. The more BFST® you get, the faster you heal. This optional add-on makes you completely mobile. The battery actually attaches anywhere on your wrap by using the Velcro patch included, and you can do 10-20 treatments between charges! This means you can do your treatments wherever you go! You can do treatments in the car, at work, or while you're doing chores around the house, all without being plugged in. Use it wherever the day takes you. Being injured is already inconvenient. Treatment shouldn't be too. This valuable accessory makes Treatment possible anywhere and anytime.

Optional Items

Are Other Parts Starting to Ache? - Our Vibe Massagers Relieve Stiff Muscle Pain

Vibe Mini
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Achilles injuries often lead to other parts of your body aching as you attempt to compensate for your sore ankle. King Brand Vibe massagers are professional grade units that can unknot tense tissue and free you from the pain and stiffness.

There's no doubt you know the pain of muscle tension. Lots of people feel it in their back, their hips, their calves. Muscle pain can ruin your day and it can ruin your sleep. If you haven't used a professional massager before, it's time you try one.
You'll love it. 20 minutes of targeted massage on any part of your body leaves you feeling so relaxed. You can really feel the difference. Long after your injury is forgotten you'll still be using your massager. It will become your new best friend.

The Vibe Mini shown here is a compact and effective hand held massager that gives excellent results at an affordable price.

For more options on massage devices, click here for our massagers page!

BFST® Devices are Electrical Medical Appliances that
actively stimulate blood flow in injured tissue.

BFST® devices help heal soft tissue.

Starting your BFST® treatments is the second step to healing from your Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis is often caused by a one time injury - you might recall the event. Achilles damage can also be caused by even gentle pressure on your Achilles during activity, perhaps from the back of your shoe. Other causes are recent use of antibiotics, or osteorthritis from a lot of stress over a long period of time. If your doctor has mentioned a 'bone spur', excess calcium in your diet or a vitamin-D deficiency could contribute to the condition. BFST will help your Achilles tendonitis go away. You want to consider the possible cause, to decrease the chance of it coming back.

BFST Achilles Wrap

BFST® treatments feel great. They don't vibrate or pulse, so they're very pleasant and relaxing. People often notice a slight warming sensation and some people experience a slight tingling sensation from the increase in blood flow. For optimal results, do 3-4 BFST® treatments per day. You should notice a very slight warming sensation on each level. The treatments should never feel hot or uncomfortable. The effects of each 20 minute BFST treatment will last for up to four hours and it's best for you to spread your treatments out over the course of the day. The goal isn't to move up on the levels as quickly as possible, but to condition your circulation for increased blood flow. Staying on the lowest level possible where you feel warmth is the best way to speed up the healing process. 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.

When your BFST® treatment is over, simply unplug the controller, remove the Achilles Wrap and enjoy the benefit of increased circulation to speed up your healing for the next four hours.

What Does the BFST Feel Like?

The BFST treatments are very comfortable and soothing. The BFST® uses Electromagnetic Energy to stimulate blood flow underneath the surface of the skin. It is warm, but not hot. It does not vibrate like a massager (You shouldn't use a massager on soft tissue injuries). It does not cause your muscles to tense in jolts like with a TENS machine (TENS machines are very bad for soft tissue injuries, they are for nerve issues). The BFST® isn't supposed to do either of those things. Rather, it is soothing and sometimes gives you a gentle tingling sensation in the treatment area. BFST treatments are very pleasant and enjoyable.

Don't be mistaken, while the treatments feel gentle they are still very powerful. Think about an X-RAY or an MRI. Even though you don't feel the energy during those procedures, a lot of energy is definitely going deep into your body. If you put your ear close to the BFST when it is on, you can actually hear it going through the cycles. It's not loud, but you can hear it if you listen. It isn't just delivering one energy level at one frequency. Just like an MRI machine, the BFST buzzes and hums in a variety of ways over the course of treatment. It is sometimes louder and sometimes more quiet as it goes through the treatment cycle. It sounds just like a mini-MRI machine. Over the 20 minute treatment period it goes through a treatment cycle to deliver the most energy in the most effective way. It is designed to help give you the fastest healing time possible, in the comfort of your home.

During each BFST® treatment you will only feel a mild warming sensation. If it feels hot, you are using it on too high of a setting. Over time, after several treatment sessions, the treatments will feel like they are getting less and less warm. This is your body responding to the BFST® treatments. Your increased tissue health can be noticed through the increase in your blood flow capacity. The more BFST treatments you do, the less warmth you're going to feel. This is a good sign. Your tissue is becoming more healthy. Your body is getting stronger. This means that your circulation through your injury is improving, and your injury is improving. When the feeling of warmth during a treatment is almost all gone, this is the signal that it is time to move up to the next level. People usually move up to the second level after a few weeks of treatment.

Fast Response Time

ColdCure® Wraps Works In Minutes!

Avoid the dangers of pain killers. King Brand ColdCure® Wraps are much safer and more effective than pain killers. ColdCure® Wraps start relieving the pain caused from Achilles Injuries within minutes. There's no need to wait for 20 minutes for your pain killers to start working. There's no need to wait 4 hours between treatments! ColdCure® Wraps are specifically designed for your ankle. It doesn't matter what size your ankle is, this is a custom wrap specifically designed to reduce the swelling in your ankle, and you can use them as much as you like. If there's pain, apply your ColdCure® Wrap!

Dealing With Pain:

Dealing With Pain - Consult with us for Free!

Treatment Without Drugs

Achilles Injuries can be so painful and debilitating that it causes us to rely heavily on pain killers. But honestly, pain killers are not your friend. It is understandable that you are looking for the relief from pain. Remember, though, the pain is there to stop us from hurting the area further. The pain is your body saying, "please stop doing that!" While pain killers are a welcome relief, they can be dangerous to take when you're active. Pain killers can completely block the pain signal, making you unaware of any further damage you could be doing to your Achilles Tendon. Pain killers should be restricted to times of rest.

When it comes to pain killers, some products are much more effective than others. Some can actually help your injury when used correctly and others will only make it worse. According to the National Institute of Health, our own government body tells us that Acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause for calls to Poison Control Centers (>100,000/year) and accounts for more than 56,000 emergency room visits. And acetaminophen (Tylenol) won't help you get better one bit. It only puts you at risk of more injury. If you want help choosing the right pain killer and want advice on how to use it more safely and correctly, give us a call at 1-844-672-9440. We will give you excellent guidance. No charge. No purchase necessary.

To maximize healing and minimize pain and swelling, complete a BFST® treatment right before bed. We can give you advice on medication you can take to reduce the pain and help you heal while you sleep. The BFST® treatment will work towards healing while you sleep, and the medication will work to relieve the pain and inflammation so that you can experience restful sleep. During the day, ColdCure® treatments are the best choice to continue to reduce inflammation while you are active. Our medical grade injury tape, KB Support Tape, is excellent for reducing re-injury and pain when you need to be active as well. If you're in pain, give us a call now for free advice 1-844-672-9440.

What I am learning in this, there are times in life when you have to be very proactive, because the medical establishment will let you slip through the cracks. You guys are extraordinary with this follow up, thank you. I never recommend anything - but I'm recommending you.

Sheila from California BFST Ankle | Pre-Cut TapeMay 05, 2023

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.

The cold ankle wrap is working really well. I sprained my ankle really badly and it's helping a lot. I'm very happy with my wrap. I wish I'd had it when I first injured myself, but it seems to be helping a lot now.

Annmarie from ArizonaColdCure Ankle | Roll TapeJan 07, 2022

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 3 different colors: Blue, Black & Beige. There's no functional difference between the colors, they just allow you to express your personal style.

Achilles Tape Application

The Pre-Cut Strips of KB Support Tape are perfect for people who want to use their tape on-the-go. On your Achilles, a single strip could be applied from the bottom of your foot and up the back of your leg like the large piece shown in the image. Using just that piece of tape can give pretty decent achilles support and it's easy to do. 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 solution. 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.

For the best taping support you want to put an 'X' or a 'T' right over the most painful spot. The image shown shows the long vertical piece and two cross pieces. The cross pieces shown give examples of how high up or low down your ankle you might put the cross piece. Not everyone injures their Achilles tendon in the same spot. The best taping solution for you is to put the cross piece right over the most painful spot on your ankle because that's where you're hurt and that's where you need the protection. Often you can just cut two small pieces (perhaps 5" each) from a roll and put them in a cross over the painful spot. Sometimes people take a precut strip and just cut it in half and use the two pieces to make the 'X'. As long as you are taping over the post painful spot then you're going to get the benefit. 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 first couple attempts may be a learning experience, but before long, you will be an expert at taping your Achilles.

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.

Make Your Treatments Mobile

With the BFST® Battery Pack

This Rechargeable Battery Pack is designed to make your BFST® Wrap completely mobile. It attaches anywhere on your wrap by using the Velcro patch included, and lasts 10-20 treatments, depending on what level you're on. This means you can do your treatments wherever you go! You can do treatments in the car, at work, or while you're doing chores around the house, all without being plugged in. Use it wherever the day takes you.

The BFST® Battery Pack is easily charged using the Power Supply from your Achilles BFST® Wrap. The indicator lights on the Battery let you know when it needs to be charged again. It takes approximately 4 hours to achieve a full charge when the Battery is at 0%.

The Battery Pack makes it so much simpler to get in your 3-4 BFST® treatments per day, because you don't have to wait around while you're plugged into an outlet anymore.

*The Rechargeable Battery Pack is specifically designed to work with your BFST® Achilles Wrap. Your BFST® Wrap comes with the components you need for treatments and to charge the Battery. For further information on whether a Battery Pack is suitable for your treatment schedule, please contact our Treatment Advisors by email or phone.

I'm just amazed on how remarkably better I feel for having used them. I had an ankle injury. Not only has it improved the ankle, but I've had nerve damage in that foot. I can't believe the difference since I've started using the products. Its remarkable the amount of change in comfort level the products were able to provide.

Gregory from MaineColdCure Ankle | BFST AnkleJan 10, 2023

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Beyond what is required by any regulator, we use only the safest materials in our products. ISO-10993 regulation ensures that our products are made from higher quality materials than most baby products, including diapers. This is the highest bio-compatibility safety standard in the world. This is the highest hospital grade - think Intensive Care and Operating Rooms. Our materials go through ISO-10993 testing to ensure they are safe for you. No consumer products are produced to this high standard.

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King Brand products are, in fact, hospital grade through and through. IEC-60601 is the International Standard for Medical Device safety from an electrical standpoint. In spite of the BFST® being an electrical device, BFST® can be used in hospital emergency rooms and operating rooms without affecting other equipment. You can use any medical device with a BFST® and neither device will know the other one is there. This is a very tough standard to meet, but we do it and you benefit.

King Brand products meet over 20 different safety and quality standards that are not required even for medical devices and FDA registration. If we think there is anything that can be done to make our products safer and more effective, we have done it. That is the approach to everything we do and that is why our company and products are so highly regarded.

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Track Your Symptoms and Treatments

Do you want to find out how well you are recovering from your Achilles Tendonitis? Track your Symptoms and Treatments using our Symptom Tracker. The Symptom Tracker allows you to track your symptoms associated with your Achilles Tendonitis as well as the performance of your BFST® and ColdCure® treatments. Have questions? Our trained Treatment Advisors can provide expert guidance on the products and treatments to help you relieve your symptoms quickly and effectively.

Download your reports! Not only is the Symptom Tracker useful when it comes to keeping a log of your symptoms including pain, swelling and mobility, you can download and print your reports so you can take it with you to your medical appointments. This will help your doctors understand how your recovery is going, how you are feeling and how the BFST® and ColdCure® treatments are working for you.

You don't need to wait until you receive your products. You can start tracking your symptoms now, and then compare your results after you start your treatments. This will allow you to see how much our products have helped you and how well you're improving.

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Combination Therapy
Combination Therapy BFST® + ColdCure® + KB Tape

Complete TreatmentBFST® for Rapid Healing
Relieve PainColdCure® for Pain & Swelling
Heal QuicklyKB Tape to Prevent Re-Injury

Combination Therapy means using ColdCure® and BFST® in combination by alternating treatments, as well as using KB Support Tape throughout 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 Support Tape, resulting in the absolute best treatment for your Achilles Tendonitis.

Step 1: Reduce Swelling and Inflammation

A very important part of treating your Achilles Tendonitis is to use the ColdCure® Wrap to 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. You can use it several times a day. Use it anytime you want pain relief and after any significant exercise of your ankle if it doesn't hurt afterward.

You should rely more heavily on ColdCure® treatments immediately after exercise because the inflammation will continue to re-develop when you are active. Being aggressive with back to back cold treatments after exercise will give your body a chance to get ahead of the inflammation, and prepare your Achilles Tendon for the blood flow that's needed to help heal quickly.

Step 2: Heal Your Injury

Combination Therapy

Introduce your BFST® treatments at your less active times of day and before significant exercise. Keep your swelling and inflammation under control with ColdCure® but do not use ColdCure® and BFST® close together. Use BFST® in the morning, before bed, and after longer periods of resting your injury. When doing your treatments, you should only feel a slight warming sensation. At any time if it feels HOT or uncomfortable, discontinue use as you still have too much inflammation and swelling to complete a treatment.

Each BFST® Treatment will last only 20 minutes, but the increase in blood flow will last up to four hours. Ideally your treatments should be spaced out throughout the day, so you can promote good blood flow all day long. If you can't do 3-4 treatments a day, your two most important treatments are first thing in the morning, and right before you go to bed. This will ensure that you have a great start to your day and you can rest well at night.

If you are planning on being active throughout the day, complete a BFST® treatment before any type of physical activity. It can be as simple as going for a walk. Always assess how you are feeling after your activity, as there's a chance you may need to apply your ColdCure® to treat any new inflammation generated during your activities.

The goal with your BFST® Treatments is not to increase on the levels as quickly as possible, but to condition your circulatory system to allow for the much needed increased blood flow. Staying on the lowest level to where you feel any warmth - remember it's just a slight warmth - will be the most effective way to start healing your Achilles Tendonitis. When can you move up to the next level? You can move up in levels when you feel barely any warmth from the wrap at all. This means that you've successfully conditioned your circulation and you're ready to move up. Some people can move up in a few weeks, some people it takes a lot longer. It just depends on how well your body adjusts to the increase in blood flow.

Step 3: Treat Flare-Ups - Timing is Important

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. Remember, staying on top of your inflammation will allow you to complete more BFST® treatments throughout the day.

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, unless you notice an increase in pain during your BFST® Treatment.

ColdCure® treatments will slow down the blood flow, which isn't ideal, but sometimes necessary to relieve the swelling and inflammation generated. The BFST® will increase your blood flow which is important for faster healing.

Step 4: Use KB Support Tape

KB Support Tape is very important to help with your injury recovery. As you move throughout the day, your skin and your tendons move with you. Using the KB Support Tape over your injury will make your skin less flexible - therefore protecting your injury - without restricting your range of motion. KB Support Tape can be used at the same time as your BFST® and ColdCure® Treatments without any issues, but try to have your first BFST® treatment of the day without the KB Support Tape applied. After your BFST® treatment has been completed, then apply the tape. Removing the tape before the last BFST® treatment of the day will provide the best results.

Step 5: Complete The Healing Process

When you're recovering from Achilles Tendonitis, 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 takes much longer than most people realize. (You can click here for the full story on how the body heals). The key thing to remember is that long after the pain stops, your Achilles Tendon 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. You should also continue to use KB Support Tape to help protect your ankle from re-injury.

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I am very impressed. I love it, I tell everybody. My sister is a nurse with a master's degree and she recommended you guys. She has used your products on a lot of patients. I don't know if I got better quicker, I just know the pain is gone. The swelling is almost nothing now and my foot feels a whole lot better after only 5-6 days.

David from FloridaColdCure Ankle | BFST AnkleMar 07, 2022

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 Power Controller

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. T he 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.

Just wanted to thank you for making this amazing product. I have a bone spur and grade 2 torn tendon in my right ankle. Can barely walk the last two years. Tried every cream, many braces, special shoes, compress socks, canes, walker and a boot to relieve pain. Could not stand more than 10 minutes and had to take baths since I could not stand long enough for a shower. I finally got physical therapy approved after a year of doctor visits for they said just a sprain until I got a MRI. Then Covid hit. With $65 a co pay and time off work, I just couldn't afford it. Not to mention all the time going after work when it is so hard to walk. I was tired, in pain and now gained 30 pounds from no movement in 2 years. I found your product and decided to try since I tried everything else. I'm amazed I can walk! I used it 6 weeks. I now can walk 45 minutes with no pain. Ankle sometimes swells after then I use my ice wrap and I'm all better! I wish more people knew about this. I tell everyone that has any pain what a life saver and true miracle this is. Thank you!!!

Karyn from CaliforniaColdCure Ankle | BFST AnkleApr 16, 2021

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/32°F. While they may start at about -20°C/-4°F straight from the freezer, after a few minutes they will go to 0°C/32°F and stay at 0°C/32°F for a long time. ColdCure Stays at a Safe Temperature 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/4°F and rapidly go to 0°C/32°F, but then their temperature will keep rising quickly, instead of staying in the safe, effective zone of 0°C/32°F. 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.

Rest, Cold, Compression, Elevation

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 3x 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 10x 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.

Achilles Coverage Zone

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.

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.

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Achilles injuries should not be stretched. Exercise should be avoided when you have an achilles injury. There are many symptoms of achilles pain that get worse with exercise and stretching. Many websites encourage you to stretch your achilles but this is a bad idea. Even during physio you need to be careful about stretching and exercise. Achilles exercises should not hurt. If you have pain from exercise or strethes, then stop. Treatment for an achilles injury will cause your heel pain to improve and your achilles injury to heal. Coldcure will help with achilles pain. You can cure achilles pain and a achilles injury with BFST and coldcure technology. Some achilles injuries require surgery. This heals the injured achilles but the pain in your achilles after surgery can be severe. The best achilles injury treatment is BFST. The best achilles pain treatment is coldcure. These wraps are incredible. They feel comfortable. They work. So, if you want to heal your injured achilles quickly, you need BFST. If you want to treat achilles pain you need coldcure. achilles injury symptoms are achilles pain and swelling. A sore achilles can be helped with achilles exercises although achilles exercises won't cure all achilles injuries. achilles tendon pain can be relieved with ColdCure.

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