Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
Do you suffer from heel pain? Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia runs on the bottom of our foot and is designed to absorb shock while you walk. When it becomes inflamed or irritated it can often cause heel pain. This typically occurs in people who stand for prolonged periods of time, have flat feet, or weakness in their foot muscles. Symptoms typically are the worst first thing in the morning and with any weight bearing activities like standing, walking and running. Sometimes people will experience pain when standing up after sitting for a while.
Below are some suggestions for ways to help ease your pain.
To address the heel pain in the morning, roll your foot with a foot roller massager before getting out of bed. Repeat this rolling several times per day. If you are experiencing pain in both feet, you may simultaneously roll both feet with foot log roller massager.
During the day, make sure to wear good, supportive shoes, arch supports, heel cups, and/or inserts. We have many options to choose from in our store.
Throughout the day, ice the bottom of your heel for pain relief.
Many people also feel relief from stretching their plantar fascia using the foot roller and by stretching their gastrocnemius and soleus muscles by using the foot rocker calf stretcher.
At night, wear a plantar fasciitis night sock or night splint. This can often help relieve the morning heel pain.
Most importantly, be consistent with all these treatment tools as plantar fasciitis can often take several weeks and up to 2 years to improve.
Lift Chair FAQs
Great! You have made a decision to purchase a lift chair either for yourself or for a loved one, but with so many different lift chair types, how do you choose the best one?
Below are things to consider and some of the most common frequently asked questions.
Question: What is the difference between a two-position and a three-position lift chair?
Answer: With a two-position lift chair, when the chair is reclining and the footrest is going up, the angle between the backrest and the seat does not change. With a three-position lift chair, when the chair is reclining and the footrest is going up, the backrest reclines back farther, opening the angle between the backrest and the seat. The chair can recline more fully into a “sleeper” or “napper” position.
Question: My dad had a really big power lift chair. Is a small lift chair for my mom available?
Answer: Yes! Golden Tech offers the widest range of sizes and styles from lift chairs. The MaxiComforter Lift Chair comes in six sizes including petite, small, medium, large, tall, and extra wide.
Question: What is the weight capacity of Golden Lift Chairs?
Answer: Most Golden Technologies lift chairs have a weight capacity of 350-375 lbs. The MaxiComforter Lift Chair in extra wide has a weight capacity of 500 lbs.
Question: Should I buy a lift chair that swivels or rocks?
Answer: Probably not. As we all age, it is normal to experience loss in strength, flexibility, mobility, balance, vision, and reaction time. Therefore, for client safety and fall prevention, we recommend having a sturdy chair that does not rock or swivel. It is harder to stand up from a chair that swivels.
Question: Can I add heat and massage to a medical recliner chair?
Answer: Yes – select models of lift chairs can be upgraded to include heat and massage. The Golden Technologies lift chairs have a separate remote for heat and massage. Some of the features include low and high heat settings, wave or pulse massage settings, and independent adjustable massage intensity and speed settings.
Question: Can my loved one sleep in this chair?
Answer: Yes! Many of the Golden Technologies lift chairs fully recline flat making it the perfect sleep chair.
Question: What is a Zero Gravity Lift Chair?
Answer: A Zero Gravity Lift Chair moves your body into a position to help relieve stress throughout your entire body. The Golden Technologies unique AutoDrive hand control for the MaxiComfort lift chairs comes with a factory programmed button for the Zero Gravity position. Come experience ultra comfort in these lift chairs today!
Question: Do you have power lift chair recliners in stock available to buy today?
Answer: Yes! We are the largest lift chair recliner store in the Bay Area. Come visit our store to test out all of our different recliners to find your favorite fit. We know everyone’s comfort preferences are different so we have options to try before you buy. If you are looking for a specific fabric color, we can even help you custom order a chair. We look forward to working with you soon! If you have loved ones not in the area, ask us about shipping options! We can ship nationwide!
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How to Choose the Best Mattress
How to Choose the Best Mattress
Are you suffering from back pain or waking up with a stiff back? This may be a sign that it’s time to consider a new mattress. All mattresses are not designed the same. A sagging mattress places more stress through your spine. For the health of your spine, healthcare professionals (doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors) recommend to sleep on your back or your side. Avoid sleeping on your stomach as this places more stress on your spine. Back sleepers usually benefit from a firmer mattress compared to side sleepers. Side sleepers also can benefit from a thicker mattress (11”, 12” or 14”) so there is a thicker layer to conform and contour around the shoulder and hips. When considering buying a mattress, there are many things to consider. You can choose between memory form, gel, latex, cooling, and hybrid mattresses.
The Technogel mattresses are one of the best cooling mattresses. It is great for those individuals who sleep hot and/or for those who frequently toss and turn at night. Clinical tests revealed that Technogel mattresses help decrease time spent in light sleep by as much as 33%, while increasing deep sleep up to 45%. Technogel is a one-of-a-kind biocompatible material that adapts like water while providing the support of a solid. By molding uniquely to the contours of your body, Technogel helps alleviate pressure and maintain proper spinal alignment while allowing natural ease of movement. Technogel is more pressure relieving than standard foam or memory foam mattresses. It’s the perfect blend of comfort and ergonomic support. Brand new Technogel mattresses are available in Twin XL, Queen, King, and Cal King.
Hybrid mattresses combine foam and individually encased coils. Hybrid mattresses are available with gel or latex material. The latex foam is naturally springy and responsive. The latex layer offers firm support that keeps your body floating on top of your bed instead of sinking into it. The latex hybrid mattress is firmer when compared to the gel hybrid mattress. The gel infused memory foam layers capture and dissipate heat for a cooler, more comfortable sleep temperature. The hybrid mattresses are available in 11" and 14" in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King, Split King, and Split Cal King. These hybrid mattresses are one of the best that come in a box. Wellsville mattresses are one of the best hybrid mattresses that are backed with a 10 year limited non-prorated warranty. Ask us about white glove delivery and in home set-up.
For elderly individuals, those with mobility issues, or those looking for a low profile mattress – a thinner 8” gel memory foam mattress is a great option. (With thicker mattresses or a higher bed height, individuals can often face difficulty getting in and out of bed). The gel infused memory foam is designed to support, contour, and cradle the natural curves of the body while properly aligning the spine. It’s affordable luxury at it’s best.
What’s great about all of these mattresses is that they can be used with any of our adjustable bed frames to find ultimate comfort.
Reclaim your rest with a premium mattress today. Our expert staff will help provide you with a complete sleep solution.
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Did you know falls happen most often in the bathroom followed by the bedroom? Attach a bed rail for adults next to your bed to remain safe and help prevent falls. Bed rails come in various sizes and styles. This bed rail for adults can fit mattress heights from 12-21” on twin, full, queen, and king sized beds. The Signature Series Sleep Safe Home Bed Rail features a pivot mechanism, a leather pouch, a safety strap that fits under the mattress, and an adjustable length bed rail guard. Keep your essentials (phone, remote control, books, etc) close by in the conveniently designed leather pouch. As you pivot the rail down, your belongings stay safely secured in the pouch and will not fall out. Come visit American Medical & Equipment Supply to see a live demo of the rail. Together - let’s help keep our seniors safe by having a bed rail by their side. Have any questions? Talk to our team of experts today and we can help answer questions.
“I got this for my father when he fell out of bed one night. He LOVES it! What a life saver. Now it helps him all the time get out of bed safely, in addition to keeping him in the bed at night!”
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Bedside and 3 in 1 commodes are quite handy! They can be used as a portable toilet, a toilet safety frame, or an elevated toilet seat over your current toilet. The commode comes standard with legs that are height adjustable, a bucket, lid, and splash guard.
If you will be traveling or having a loved one visit, choose a folding commode that can easily be stored away in seconds. Lower the commode height and fold for easy transport in backseats or trunks. Folding commodes are also great for temporary use following a surgery. When using the commode in the bathroom no need to use the bucket. The commode over the toilet will add height making it easier for a user to get on and off the toilet. This is useful following any hip or knee surgeries (i.e. hip or knee replacement), strokes, and with many autoimmune diseases. When lower extremity muscles weaken, it makes it harder to stand up, especially from lower surfaces. Traditional toilet heights tend to be lower. Maintain your independence and dignity with being able to stand up from the toilet independently with the assist of a height adjustable commode. As your legs get stronger, simply change the height of the legs on the commode.
Do you wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom? Rather than walking to the bathroom at night, move this lightweight commode into the bedroom at nighttime. Having this commode bedside can help improve safety and decrease falls. Simply place the commode next to your bed. When using the commode in the bedroom, we recommend using commode liners to easily dispose of waste and to reduce clean up time. During the daytime, this portable commode can be moved back into the bathroom or any room as desired.
If you purchase from us and ever need replacement commode parts, we will be more than happy to help assist you. Most commodes have a 300lb weight capacity. If you require a commode with a higher weight capacity, shop the extra wide heavy duty commode that has a 500 lb weight capacity. Shop American Medical & Equipment Supply for the best commode prices and selections in the Bay Area. We have been helping our Bay Area community since 1990. We take pride in offering excellent service. We always have commodes assembled and in stock ready for pickup. Our store features a 10,000 square foot showroom should you need to touch, see, or feel other products.
For hygiene reasons, always make sure you are purchasing and receiving a brand new unit.
Commode liners sold separately.
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