April 1st, 2016
Your feet are a very important part of your body. The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles working together for each step. The bones in your feet alone make up 25% of the bones in your entire body. Americans log an average of 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach age 50! That’s a lot of work for your tootsies. Most people don’t think twice about the working of the foot until there’s something wrong. Three out of four Americans experience serious foot problems in their lifetime, with women being four times more likely to experience problems. Up to 70% of diabetics can experience nerve damage and pain in their feet. The best thing you can do to help your feet is to prevent problems from happening.
Here are some things you can do to improve your foot health.
- Wear Proper Shoes- Ill fitting shoes can cause pain, bunions and blisters. High heels can also increase foot pressure by 75%. Make sure you’re wearing the proper shoe for your task.
- Keep Toenails Trimmed- Use appropriate clippers and proper trimming techniques to prevent ingrown toenails and infections. Don’t clip your nails too short.
- Keep Your Feet Dry- Always use a clean towel and thoroughly dry your feet. This can prevent blisters, foot odor, and athlete’s foot.
- Use Sunscreen- Your feet can burn as well as the rest of your body. Don’t forget your feet when applying sunscreen.
- Use Good Foot Hygiene- Thoroughly clean your feet with soapy water, paying good attention between your toes, and make sure to dry them well. Examine your feet each week for changes in skin coloration, blisters, redness, or scaling.
- Know When to Consult a Doctor- Caring for minor problems at home is fine, but problems persist, consult with your doctor or a podiatrist.
The good news is that there are numerous products on the market to help with proper foot care. At ACG Medical Supply we carry everything from cleansers and moisturizers to shoe insoles to prevent problems, as well as pads, sleeves, and protectors for after an injury. We keep many items in stock and can also take special orders on anything we don’t have in the showroom.
This month, ACG Medical Supply is offering a 10% discount on our Diabetic Foot Wash and Deep Healing Foot Cream.
For more information on foot care, visit the American Podiatric Medical Association or the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society.
March 28th, 2016
As you may know, March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness month and we are taking some time to focus on skin care this week. As a result of MS, the risk factors for skin damage rises. There are many excellent sources available for people caring for loved ones with MS.
If your loved-one is confined to a wheelchair or bed, the risk of pressure sores increases. These sores can occur even when all preventative steps are taken, but these preventative measures provided by the National MS Society can help reduce the risk and severity of pressure sores.
- Inspect Skin at least once a day.
- Bathe when needed for comfort or cleanliness.
- Prevent dry skin—use moisturizers.
- Clean skin as soon as soiled or wet from urine and pat dry.
- If moisture cannot be controlled, use absorbent pads and/or briefs with a quick drying surface. Cleanse skin as soon as possible with no-rinse cleanser and a durable barrier product.
- Don’t massage bony prominences (areas where the bones protrude slightly below the skin).
- When repositioning, reduce friction by lifting rather than dragging.
- Use cornstarch on the skin to reduce friction.
- Encourage a balanced high-protein diet or explore nutritional supplements.
- Consult a dietician about protein and calorie intake.
You can find barrier creams and other skin care products in our online store. We recommend Medline Remedy Dimethicone Skin Protectant and Medline Remedy Antimicrobial Cleanser.
As a friendly reminder, we are also offering 10% off select rollators in recognition of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. For more information about multiple sclerosis, please visit the National MS Society.
Skin care for people with MS – http://ijmsc.org/doi/pdf/10.7224/1537-2073-12.4.177
March 1st, 2016
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common neurological disease in young adults. It’s most frequently diagnosed between the ages of 20 to 40 years old, yet it can still affect children and older adults as well. There are over 400,000 Americans living with MS, with approximately 250 new cases being diagnosed each week. Because MS affects the central nervous system many of the symptoms include vision problems, fatigue, tingling, dizziness, stiff muscles, and bladder control. The number one complaint of MS patients are issues with balance and mobility.
ACG Medical Supply recognizes the struggles that MS patients endure. In honor of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, we are offering a 10% discount on all of our rollators with a seat, handbrakes, and a basket. These come in several different sizes and styles and can suited to fit the patient’s height and weight.
For more information about Multiple Sclerosis you can visit the website of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the website of The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.
February 22nd, 2016
One in every three adults aged 65 or older fall every year. The majority of these falls occur in the bathroom. Every year, 235,000 people over the age of 15 are seen in the ER for injuries suffered in the bathroom. One in every five falls cause injuries as serious as a broken bone. The good news is there are several ways to make your bathroom safer and prevent those injuries.
Top 10 Bathroom Safety Tips
- Never lock your bathroom door. A locked door could prevent help from reaching you quickly. Use a Do Not Disturb sign on the door instead.
- Use an elevated toilet seat on the commode to aid in sitting down or standing up from the toilet with less effort.
- Use a tub grab bar to help get in and out of the bath easier. You can also place suctioned grab bar on the shower wall to hold onto as well.
- A bath bench with a back can provide safety and comfort while showering or bathing.
- Equip your shower with a handheld shower head that you can easily maneuver, minimizing your movement in the shower.
- A no-skid bath mat can be placed on the shower floor or tub to add cushioned comfort and safety.
- Keep the thermostat on your water heater set at 120 degrees or lower to avoid being scalded. Mark the faucet handles clearly as ‘hot’ and ‘cold.’
- Throw out your bathroom rugs. These are the number one cause of household falls. If you need them in the bathroom, secure them with slip resistant backing.
- Make sure your bathroom is well lit during the day and night. You can install a night light that comes on automatically in dim light.
- Take your time in the bathroom. If you are in a rush, you are more likely to fall.
January 11th, 2016
New at ACG Medical Supply! Try the award-winning Topricin Foot Therapy Cream to ease pain associated with leg cramps; nerve pain; gout; plantar fasciitis; Achilles tendonitis; diabetic foot conditions; and common heel, foot, and ankle pain. This homeopathic medication helps to relieve itching, cracking of the skin, and joint pain in the toes and feet.
By stimulating the body’s desire to heal the damage that is causing the pain, Topricin Foot Therapy Cream drains the toxins and fluids that build up in the injured area to improve blood flow to the injured tissue. Safe to use by adults, the elderly, diabetics, pregnant and nursing women, and children over age two. The creme is non-greasy and non-staining and has no odor or fragrance. Free of petroleum, mineral oil, lanolin, capsaicin, menthol, and paragons.
Just $16.95 for the two-ounce tube or $24.94 for four ounces. Come in and receive a $2 in-store discount coupon (while supply lasts).
Purchase from the ACG Online Store or come into the Rowlett or Bedford Showroom to get yours today for a pain-free tomorrow!
January 7th, 2016
Courtesy of rowlett.recovers.org
In the wake of the devastating tornadoes that ripped through our community on December 26, 2015, it is evident that neighbors and businesses alike are banding together to help one another. ACG is pitching into the efforts by offering a 20% discount to victims and responders on their mobility equipment purchases during the month of January.
If you or someone you know needs assistance as a result of the storms, and for volunteer and donation opportunities, visit the Rowlett Recovers website at rowlett.recovers.org. This site provides users with daily community updates on the recovery process; links to donation centers, shelters, and resources; a full listing of contact information; and links to area recovery organizers.
To receive the 20% discount on your mobility equipment purchase, just come into our Rowlett or Bedford Showroom and mention this offer by January 31. It is our small token of support to our valued customers. We are here to help you!
December 14th, 2015
Proper foot care should matter to everyone; however, people with diabetes know that protecting their feet is a serious health issue. According to the American Diabetes Association, ignoring common foot problems, like calluses and poor circulation, can lead to grave threats including limb loss. The ADA estimates almost 30 million people in America are living with diabetes – nearly 10 percent of the population.
ACG Medical Supply has now stocked the new line of Spenco Medics Diabetic Insoles to help those with diabetes keep their feet healthier. Spenco, a leading producer of high-quality insoles and foot care products, has specifically designed this premium full-length insole for the diabetic foot. Specialty features include:
- Plastazote Foam Top Cover that helps reduce friction and will cushion sensitive feet
- Polysorb Memory Structured Foam providing superior cushioning, impact suppression, and added comfort
- An even distribution of pressure at the bottom of the foot, reducing the likelihood of hot spots forming
- Deep heel cupping to help stabilize the back of the foot
- Total Support footbed to provide cushioning and an orthotic arch support
ACG Medical Supply offers a full range of foot care products including shoe insoles, cleansers, moisturizers, heel cups, pads, protectors, and sleeves. Call us at 972-463-0737, or Shop Online, to order your foot care products today.
December 9th, 2015
Golden’s latest Buzzaround XLS electric scooters are now available in our Rowlett and Bedford Showrooms in both the three and four-wheeled models. This next generation scooter series features a new comfort spring system and offers more standard features to make your riding experience better than ever.
The Buzzaround XLS has a wraparound tiller, new LED battery gauge, and a new LED angle-adjustable headlight. This model is also longer in length to offer more foot room, has a greater turning radius, and holds an operating range of up to 14 miles per charge. Disassembly takes seconds with just four easy steps making transportation and storage a breeze!
Watch the following video to view all that the Golden Buzzaround XLS has to offer:
ACG Medical Supply is proud to be a premier Golden scooter dealer to provide you with an enhanced shopping experience. We are also a Golden Authorized Service Center staffed with technicians who are factory trained to service and repair Golden products.
December 7th, 2015
We asked our staff for holiday gift ideas and from it sprung this list of their top picks for presents this holiday season. From moisturizers to a shopping cart, to a seat cushion, and more, this selection will have you covered. Some you can stick in a stocking and some are sure to spoil, but all are staff-approved and ready to ship to you today!
- PocketLite Penlight – $5.95 – a clip activated light that illuminates into those hard-to-find places
- PediFix Diabetic Defense Daily Therapy Foot Moisturizer – $7.50 – penetrates thick, hard, rough skin to moisturize, soothe, and protect
- Elta Lite Moisturizing Lotion – $7.95 – the perfect daily moisturizing lotion for face, hands, and body
- Medline Remedy Olivamine Skin Repair Cream – $10.95 – this cream helps deliver moisture and vital nutrients to the skin and provides protection for at-risk patients
- Biofreeze Spray – $14 – delivers targeted pain relief to treat athletic and muscle related injuries, sore or strained muscles, painful joints, back pain, and arthritis
- DMI Sloping Coccyx Cushion – $18 – provides pressure relief for the coccyx/tailbone area to help relieve lower back pain
- North Coast TrayMate – $19.95 – a sturdy, no wobble snack tray that fits snugly on almost any sofa or chair arm
- Briggs Folding Shopping Cart – $39 – allows you to easily transport groceries, shopping, laundry, and more
- Drive Folding Exercise Peddler with Electronic Display – $40.95 – a safe and gentle form of low-impact exercise, ideal for leg and arm muscles, and for stimulating circulation
- Carex AccuRelief Dual Channel TENS Pain Relief System – $49.95 – a personal TENS unit for home, work, or travel delivering prescription-strength relief
- PVI Rubber Threshold Ramp – $74.95 – this threshold ramp offers no load weight limitations and easily installs in minutes
- Carex Home Overbed Table – $99 – blends seamlessly with traditional home furniture for meals, reading, writing, or laptop use
- Lumex Splash Bath Lift – $650 – enjoy the freedom, independence, luxury, and therapy of soaking in a tub bath with this lightweight and portable personal bath lift
- Golden Lift Chairs (only available in our Showrooms) – starting at $750 – come in and visit our showrooms stocked with the latest styles of chair lifts for you to choose from
- Pride Go-Go Elite Traveler Plus 4-Wheeled Electric Scooter – $1,300 – features one-handed, feather-touch disassembly into five super lightweight sections for convenient transport and storage
Visit our Rowlett or Bedford Showroom, call us at 972-463-0737, or shop from our Online Store. We’re here to help make your holiday season brighter!
November 24th, 2015
Do you face mobility challenges? An outdoor accessibility ramp will ensure you can enter and exit your home safely and with ease.
Take a look at what our certified technicians at ACG Medical Supply can design and build for you. This 12-foot modular ramp, by National Ramp, was installed this past week by Matt and Justin. This product gave one of our customers the freedom to exit his home without assistance for the first time in over a year.
ACG believes that everyone deserves to be independently mobile and live their life to the fullest. We are committed to excellent customer care and safety.
Contact the ACG Rowlett Showroom at 972-463-0737 or the Bedford Showroom at 817-685-8883 and schedule a free home mobility assessment. We are here to keep you on the move!