One Super Important Fact:
When it comes to Insertional Achilles Tendonitis, you need more than a support brace or sleeve if you want to relieve the pain and heal as quickly as possible. You need cold compression to relieve your pain and swelling, as well as blood flow stimulation to accelerate healing. A support brace or sleeve will not provide this.
Rapid Recovery for Insertional Achilles Tendonitis
Insertional Achilles Tendonitis involves the lower portion of the heel, where the tendon attaches or "inserts" into the bone. Tendonitis that affects the insertion of the tendon can occur at any time, even in people who are not overly active. If you don't seek proper and complete treatment for your Insertional Achilles Tendonitis, there is a possibility of the tendon rupturing or tearing.
A support brace or sleeve is not enough to prevent your Achilles Tendon from rupturing. You need a more proactive treatment solution. You need the ColdCure® and BFST® Wraps from King Brand®.
The Ultimate Solution:
If you really
want to get better, here's exactly
what you need to do.
- Wear your ColdCure® Wrap as much as possible to relieve your pain and swelling and protect your Achilles Tendon 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. Resting is hard, but it is very important in the early stages of healing Insertional Achilles Tendonitis.
Do this and your Insertional Achilles Tendonitis 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 Insertional Achilles Tendonitis, blood flow is the most critical element in rapid recovery. Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy® (BFST®) gives your injured Achilles tendon 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 tendon 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® 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 Insertional Achilles Tendonitis at a surprisingly rapid rate.
BFST® Devices are Electrical Medical Appliances that
actively stimulate blood flow in injured tissue.
BFST® devices are NOT heating pads.
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 tendon to heal properly and quickly.
The BFST® Wrap is easy to use. Put it on, plug it in, turn it on and sit back and relax. People often notice a slight tingling sensation and warmth deep in their Achilles as the BFST® starts the blood flowing. The effects of each 20 minute BFST® treatment last for up to 4 hours, so it's best to spread your treatments out
over the course of your day. An ideal 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 you go to bed.
The promotion of blood flow has obvious benefits. The reminder of the injury is incredibly important too, because avoiding re-injury is fundamental to rapid recovery. The BFST® Wrap is designed to be worn even when turned off, to help protect your Achilles from re-injury, and this goes a long way towards shortening your recovery time. People enjoy the support and cushioning BFST® Wraps provide -- our customers love wearing them because they know it's helping them heal. This positive attitude further contributes to an overall positive recovery plan.
Don't Just Treat the Pain - Heal the Problem Forever
Professional athletes are the best example of how quickly people can really recover from Achilles Tendonitis. When a professional athlete is injured, they have explicit instructions to stay off their ankle -- no physical activity, no weight on the leg, crutches -- they are ordered to rest the ankle completely. Injured professional athletes are also attended to by professional athletic therapists. These pro therapists have always been assigned to the athlete to ensure they supplement the healing process, to stimulate blood flow many times each day. Regular blood flow stimulation is a standard part of that therapy because the more we promote blood flow, the faster we will heal. That's why professional athletes are back in the game in days or weeks while regular patients with the same injuries often take months or even years to heal. With the addition of BFST®, pro athletes and others who use it are recovering from their Insertional Achilles Tendonitis faster than ever.
Dealing With Pain
Insertional Achilles Tendonitis Injuries can be so painful and debilitating that it can cause us to rely heavily on painkillers. It's important to understand that while painkillers can be helpful, they can be extremely dangerous to take when you're being active. Painkillers completely block the pain signal, making you unaware of any further damage you could be doing to your Achilles tendon. Always restrict pain killers to times of rest. More specifically, only take painkillers right before bed.
Analgesics such as ASA, acetaminophen or tylenol are often used to treat the pain but these drugs do nothing to heal the actual condition.
These types of pain medications are actually known to be blood thinners and make the bleeding worse for fresh tissue injuries.
This will interfere with the healing process, and cause the recovery time to increase. NSAIDs like ibuprofen, Advil or Aleve can work to reduce swelling and pain but it's important to know when to take them at the proper time. To maximize healing and minimize pain and swelling, do a BFST® treatment right before bed, then take an NSAID like ibuprofen, Advil or Aleve. The BFST® treatment will work to aid healing while you sleep, and the NSAID will work to relieve the pain and inflammation, so you experience a more restful sleep. Do not take NSAID's during the day. During the day you can continue to reduce the pain and swelling by using ColdCure® treatments.
During the day, ColdCure® treatments will continue to reduce your swelling and relieve your pain while you're active. Use the ColdCure® Wrap any time you are experiencing visible swelling and/or significant pain. This could be immediately upon injury or during a flare-up of swelling and pain. You should also do a ColdCure® treatment immediately after any physical activity that involves heavy use of your feet. ColdCure® works faster than painkillers. While painkillers take 20 minutes to kick in, you will feel the cool, soothing relief of ColdCure® as soon as you apply the wrap to your ankle.
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 Insertional 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.
ColdCure® Devices Reduce Pain and Swelling
ColdCure® Devices are NOT typical cold or ice packs.
For dealing with the swelling and pain associated with Insertional Achilles Tendonitis, nothing works better than cold compression.
ColdCure® technology was developed 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.
ColdCure® Wraps come with 3 swappable gel packs that contain our unique XC RigiGel® formula. Our gel is firm yet flexible, unlike other gel formulas that are mushy and watery. This means the gel holds its form and doesn't flow away from your injured Achilles tendon. The gel won't move, even under heavy pressure for long periods of time. It always stays in place to treat your pain. The gel packs are inserted inside the wrap one at a time, so you can have one inside the wrap during your treatment, and the other two charging in the freezer. This will allow you to keep swapping the gels in and out all day. Do your ColdCure® treatments in 20 minute intervals throughout the day, for as long as you need the relief.
Treating Insertional Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles Wraps vs. Foot Wraps
Insertional Achilles Tendonitis affects the area where the Achilles Tendon attaches to the heel bone, making it more difficult to target than cases of Achilles Tendonitis located higher up on the tendon.
Our Achilles Wraps are ideal for targeting areas that are higher than the insertion point, but can still be used to treat Insertional Achilles Tendonitis.
When using the ColdCure® Achilles Wrap for Insertional Achilles Tendonitis, simply turn the gel upside down and slide it down inside the back part of the wrap so it targets the painful area. Make sure you wear a sock during treatment to avoid cold burns. The Energy Web® inside the BFST® Achilles Wrap does not need to be adjusted at all when using it to treat Insertional Achilles Tendonitis, since the warmth and EMR will reach the entire surrounding area.
If the area of your pain is quite low on your heel, you may want to consider using our ColdCure® and BFST® Foot Wraps. The Foot Wraps cover the entire bottom of the foot and up the back of the heel. The Foot Wraps won't cover any area of your Achilles Tendon that's above the insertion point, so if you do have any pain above the heel area, you should probably consider the Achilles Wraps instead of the Foot Wraps.
The ColdCure® Foot Wrap should be used with an Accessory Strap. The Accessory Strap can be applied around the back of the heel area to ensure you get the compression you need during your cold treatments. You don't need to use the Accessory Strap with the BFST® Foot Wrap since BFST® Wraps are designed to be worn so you can fit two fingers between the wrap and your body.
For Foot ColdCure Added Compression
The Accessory Strap can provide a more customized fit for the ColdCure® Foot Wrap. The strap provides added compression to the back of your Achilles Tendon to provide the necessary Cold and Compression in order to relieve your swelling when using the Foot Coldcure® Wrap. Just attach one end of the Accessory Strap to the back of the wrap and pull it around the front as shown in the picture above. Adjust the tightness as necessary.
KB Support Tape -- Armor For Your Injury
KB Support Tape provides extra support and protection for your Achilles between BFST® and ColdCure® treatments. It also provides lightweight, comfortable compression without getting in the way of your daily activities or restricting your movement.
KB Support Tape comes in 2 different styles: Pre-Cut Strips and a Continuous Roll. These styles also 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 fast, easy and convenient. Since they're already cut into ready-to-use strips, you can just apply and go! Every 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 perfect 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 ankle. Each box contains 1 Continuous Roll of KB Support Tape that is 2 inches wide and 16 feet long.
The application pictured for Insertional Achilles Tendonitis is only a guideline. If this application method isn't effective, find the point of pain and apply the Tape there. Experimenting with different taping applications for Insertional Achilles Tendonitis will help you find the one that works best for you.
Free Treatment Advice & Guidance
Your healing is important to us. Every BFST® and ColdCure® Wrap purchase comes with the free professional consulting services of our King Brand® Advisors. One of our helpful Advisors will contact you several days after your order has been delivered to provide you with any treatment advice or guidance you may need. Our Advisors can answer any questions you may have. They have been thoroughly trained on BFST® and ColdCure® technology and treatments. One of our Advisors can even help you create a personalized treatment plan that is specific to your needs. Our Advisors spend all day, every day helping people just like you. They truly care about your recovery.
Combination Therapy BFST® + ColdCure® Treatments
for Rapid Healing
for Pain Relief
to Prevent Re-Injury
Combination Therapy means using the right product at the right time. This is much more effective than just using one product at all times because each product addresses a specific issue. You have ColdCure® to relieve your pain and swelling, BFST® to promote blood flow and accelerate healing, and KB Support Tape for protection and re-injury prevention, resulting in the absolute best treatment for your Insertional Achilles Tendonitis.
When to Use the BFST® Wrap
The BFST® Wrap is designed to accelerate healing. Use the BFST® Wrap when you don't have any inflammation or visible swelling, and pain is at a minimum. The most important treatments are first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed. The treatment first thing in the morning will act as a "warm-up" for your ankle, and the treatment right before bed will help your circulation improve as you sleep.
Start your BFST® treatments on Level 1. Try to do a treatment every 4 hours, or before any type of physical activity that puts a strain on your ankle (walking, standing for extended periods). This can also be used for preventative measures after a full recovery to optimize your blood flow.
In order to help your body become accustomed to the increase in blood flow, you may want to start with BFST® treatments that are only
5-10 minutes in length. See how your body responds to the 5-10 minute treatments. If the treatments feel really hot or if you experience an increase in pain and/or swelling during or after the treatments, this means you still have internal inflammation and should go back to using ColdCure®. If your body responds well, you can start doing treatments for the full 20 minutes.
When to Use the ColdCure® Wrap
The ColdCure® is designed to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation. Use the ColdCure® Wrap any time you are experiencing visible swelling and/or significant pain. This could be immediately upon injury or during a flare-up of swelling and/or pain. ColdCure® does an amazing job of relieving pain -- some of our customers have described ColdCure® as "sucking the pain" right out of their body. ColdCure® treatments help to reduce any visible swelling you may see on the surface, as well as the inflammation you may have and cannot see, deep down in the soft tissue.
Do a ColdCure® treatment immediately after any physical activity to help reduce inflammation and prevent re-injury.
Wait 30-45 minutes after your ColdCure® treatment before following with a BFST® treatment. This time will allow the blood flow and body temperature to regulate again.
When to Use KB Support Tape
KB Support Tape is designed to provide tissue with extra support, and also helps prevent re-injury. KB Support Tape can be worn any time -- even during your BFST®* and ColdCure® treatments, but it is most important during physical activity. It provides additional support and protection, working to prevent re-injury.
*While the KB Support Tape can be worn during your BFST® treatments, you will lose a small amount of effectiveness due to the barrier the Tape creates. If you are taping and doing multiple BFST® treatments throughout the day, do your first 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 that meet 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, because their products are not FDA Registered.
The Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy® (BFST®) Achilles Wrap is designed to promote blood flow in the injured tissue below your skin. Utilizing our proprietary Energy Web®, the BFST® device brings specially controlled and incredibly safe amounts of EMR to your injured tissue. This energy envelops your Achilles and stimulates blood flow in the soft tissue deep beneath the skin. The resulting stimulation brings nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood flow to your injured Achilles tendon, accelerating the healing process.
BFST® Wraps come with a 3 level power controller. Everyone should start their treatments at Level 1 and work their way through the levels gradually as they heal. Proceeding immediately to Level 2 or 3 will not speed up your healing time. You need to condition the body first.
When you first start your treatments on Level 1, you will feel a slight warming sensation in the treatment area. 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 your circulation is improving. Better circulation means blood flow all the time, not just during treatments. This is the goal. When you feel almost no warmth during a treatment, it is time to move up to the next power level. Don't rush through the levels though. More heat doesn't mean better treatment. In fact, less heat means better treatment, so take your time moving up in levels.
BFST® Wraps are far superior to heating pads. BFST® Wraps work to actively heal damaged tissues by stimulating blood flow in the injured area, deep below the skin. All heating pads do is cause blood to pool at the surface of your skin, making it hot to the touch. Heating pads don't do anything to heal your soft tissues. There is a huge difference between a BFST® Wrap and a heating pad.
The Energy Web® of the BFST® Achilles device is enclosed inside a soft, comfortable neoprene wrap. The wrap molds the Energy Web® around your Achilles tendon to ensure there is an even distribution of energy over the affected area. The wrap is opened and closed using attached Velcro® straps that allow you to adjust the fit. After treatment, the wrap doesn't need to be removed. Simply unplug the device from the outlet and gently tighten the straps around your ankle. This will provide your Achilles with light support and protection between treatments.
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 32°F / 0°C. While they may start at about -4°F / -20°C straight from the freezer, after a few minutes they will go to 32°F / 0°C and stay at 32°F / 0°C for a long time. This is the ideal temperature for cold therapy, because it's cold enough to effectively relieve your pain and swelling, but safe enough to not cause cold burns. Ice and blue gel packs will also start out at -4°F / -20°C and rapidly go to
32°F / 0°C, but then their temperature will keep rising quickly, instead of staying in the safe, effective zone of 32°F / 0°C.
While XC Gel® packs are designed to be stored in the freezer, you can store them in the fridge if you find them too cold from the freezer. 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 inside the wrap. When the pack is soft enough to bend, it's safe and 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 these people are probably not aware of the dangers that ice can pose. Ice can actually freeze your skin and numb your nerves, causing 'cold burns' and even permanent damage to your underlying tissue. 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.
XC RigiGel® packs contain 3x more gel per lb than ordinary gel packs, for maximum coverage of your Achilles. When stored in the freezer, XC RigiGel® packs have 10x more cooling power than standard gel packs. This means they stay cold longer so you won't have to swap the gels as often. This also means faster relief from pain and swelling. Bigger packs with more gel inside, plus superior cooling power, means an overall better, more effective treatment.
ColdCure® Achilles gel packs are specially designed for the shape of the back of the ankle. This ensures that there is an even distribution of cooling power over the entire injured area. We do not use one common gel pack with all of our wraps -- each body part is uniquely shaped, which is why each one of our gel packs is uniquely shaped too.
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