Last July I had a minor fall and fractured my heel and the side of my ankle. The fractures were very small and did not require surgery. I was not able to put any weight on the foot for about 8 weeks. There was severe swelling from my foot to the knee. Obviously, the treatment plan of RICE was the given protocol. Thank goodness I found the king brand cold cure wrap. Trying to keep an ice pack on the heel and outside ankle was next to impossible with standard gel packs which constantly slipped off or were too cold in temperature. This wrap stays on with the secure Velcro straps and the gel packs are at exactly the right temperature to relieve swelling. Here we are one year later and due to severe soft tissue damage from this accident, I am still using the cold packs. I have been in all types of therapy for the last year to try to reduce the inflammation and pain from this injury. Everything I have read led me to believe that I would be dealing with some after effects for at least a year or longer. Recently I saw yet another physical therapist who performs ART - active release therapy. He advised me that my problem was not in the modality of the ankle, which was very good, but the need to restore blood flow to push all the so called "junk" out of the injury cite and get the swelling down. This therapy included icing the ankle as well as deep massage and wrapping the ankle at night. As anyone who has been in therapy knows, there comes a point when you need to get your life back and therapy, although helpful, becomes a huge intrusion on your personal time not to mention the cost. I will admit all of the various types of therapy did help with my recovery but I was looking for something I could do more frequently in my own home. I knew the king brand ice pack was perfect to use and upon going to their website to investigate other products that might be helpful I found the BFST treatment. Exactly what the therapist was trying to do to help my injury - increase the blood flow so I could continue healing. Since I have a peroneal tendonitis issue this seemed to be the perfect treatment for my ankle. After the very first day of treatment, which lasted 20 minutes each, followed by my cold cure pack at the end of day, I felt a difference in the ankle. I cannot explain it but it felt like the tendon was actually loosening and the swelling on the side of my ankle was less the next morning. I can use this every day in the comfort of my own home as often as needed. I would not hesitate to highly recommend the King brand products for an injury . I have a tendonitis issue in my foot/leg, the best thing I could do to aid in healing would be to stay off my foot. That is not practical, but with my BFST wrap along with the cold cure wrap, I feel I am on my way to assuring that eventually I will be pain free.
Barbara from New Jersey - BFST Ankle - Aug 05, 2015