Achilles BFST® Devices are Electrical Medical Appliances that
actively stimulate blood flow in injured tissue.
BFST® devices are designed to promote rapid healing.
BFST® stimulates blood flow in the Achilles tendon while the patient is at rest. This is very important because, while at rest, the Achilles tendon can 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 Achilles Tendonitis to heal properly and quickly.
The promotion of blood flow has obvious benefits. Recovering from Achilles Tendonitis requires your body to repair damaged tissue. Blood flow provides the building materials your body needs to repair and grow new tissue.
BFST® kits have 3 different power settings so you can continue to increase the power of your treatments as your Achilles tendon heals. During your first treatment, your Achilles area will feel quite warm. This is because, at first, your circulation is poor. The more you use the unit, 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 ankle is improving. Better circulation means more 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.
The promotion of blood flow has obvious benefits, but the reminder of the Achilles injury though is incredibly important too, because avoiding re-injury is fundamental to rapid recovery. The BFST® device is designed to be worn even when turned off, to help protect the Achilles tendon from re-injury and this goes a long way towards shortening the recovery time. Patients enjoy the support and cushioning BFST® Wraps provide, and appreciate that they are healing - patients like wearing them, they know it's helping them heal. This positive attitude further contributes to an overall positive recovery plan.