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Don’t let hand weakness stop you from living your life or doing the things you love. There are products specifically designed to allow you to get the job done even if you have a limited hand function – from gardening and golfing to cooking, playing cards or using scissors.
There are also hand exercisers that can help you strengthen your hands so that you can improve the grip you have. Golfers, baseball players and other sports players benefit by having the strongest grip possible – and save the rest of us from flying baseball bats and golf clubs!
Hand weakness or limited hand function can be related to many medical conditions – the more common ones being arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, MS, Quadriplegia and various myopathies and neuropathies. See all the products below that can help you regain or keep your independence.
Products for People with Limited Hand Function
Easi-Grip Gardening Tools – The ergonomic design makes these gardening tools ideal for gardeners of all ages and abilities. Each tool has a “soft feel” non-slip, angled handle that keeps your hand and wrist in a natural position. Pain-free gardening!
See all Easi-Grip Products
Bionic Gloves – Better grips for golfers and gardeners alike. Also works as a batting glove.
Scissors – Self opening scissors are designed for people with weak hands or wrists, or anyone unable to use conventional style scissors. Don’t forget the Scissors Stand!
Kitchen Aids – Knives, jar openers and kitchen utensils that all require less strength and dexterity than conventional products. How about a Good Grips Peeler, Cheese Slicer, Kitchen Grater or Spatula!
Grooming Aids – Groom yourself with the no-slip Table Top Finger Nail Clipper, Long Handled Hair Brush, Tube Squeezer, Hand Held Shower, Terry Soap Mitt and Long Handled Under-Toe Washer
Make your own pencil and utensil grips with Grippers or Color-Coded Handle Foam
Eating Aids – See our built-up handle eating utensils. Perfect for limited hand function or a weak grip.
Dressing Aids – Get Dressed with Zipper & Button Pullers and a Foam Grip Dressing Stick and Shoehorn
Playing Card Holders – Much easier than trying to hold multiple cards in one hand.
Look around the site. There are sure to be more great products to increase your independence. Scroll through all Daily Living Aids and Personal Care
We hope you have a flexible and pain free day! And thanks for your orders. We appreciate your business.
Sure, take your prescription antihistamines and over-the-counter allergy medications. After all, it’s a sneezy itchy mess out there. But according to WebMD Health News, 60% of people with springtime allergies have limited success treating their symptoms, by any means. There is “no single magic bullet” to eliminate allergy attacks.
The key to reducing allergy symptoms is to avoid contact with irritants like dust mites, dust, mold, smoke, pollen and animal dander all together. Easier said than done! So, you can at least reduce contact with these allergens by taking a few precautions to round them up or keep them out of your house to begin with.
Allergy Relief Products that Work at Home
HEPA Air Purifiers and Ionizers – High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter devices and air cleaners range in all sizes from table-top to room size and capture nearly all types of pollutants. A must for serious allergy sufferers.
Humidifiers/Vaporizers – Keeping humidity low helps control dust mites (the leading cause of nasal allergies), but too-dry air can irritate nasal passages and make allergy symptoms worse. Best to regulate the humidity in your home to between 30% and 50%. Keep tabs on your moisture levels with a Mold Alert Thermometer/Hygrometer.
Allergy-Free Bedding – Shop for mattress covers, hypoallergenic bed pillows, support pillows and pillow covers. All designed to block out allergen molecules while still allowing air to pass through. Dust mites don’t have a chance.
Over-the-Counter Allergy Medicines – Allegro carries many name brand and generic allergy relief medications. Check out our selection and save on generic brands with the same active ingredients as your favorite name brands!
See all Allergy Products
Keep allergens out of your home and give yourself a fighting chance for a sneeze-free spring!
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The best treatment for heel pain is usually rest from the activities that caused the problem, but there are several popular products designed for specific types of heel pain. Allegro carries hundreds of products for foot pain and heel pain in Shop By Condition: Foot Pain or products specifically for Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs.
Most Popular Heel Pain Products
Heel Hugger with Gel – Sewn-in sealed ice gel pads provide soothing cold therapy for treatment of chronic heel pain, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, narrow heels, retrocalcaneal bursitis, calcaneal apophysitis and Achilles tendonitis. Designed at patented by a Podiatrist.
Another popular gel pad is the Sol Step, for all day relief.
Cool Stretch Night Splint – Combines passive stretching with cold therapy. The Cool Stretch provides an improved treatment for treating Plantar Fasciitis. See also the N’ice Stretch and Stretch X Night Splint.
See all Plantar Fasciitis Products
Tuli Polar Bear Dual Density Heel Cups – Designed specifically for heel spur pain, the ring of soft gel cushions your heel while it distributes pressure away from the injured area.
See all Heel Cups
See all Tuli Foot Products
Elasto-Gel Heel Boot – Full protection for the heel, foot and ankle bones. Gel insert is fully adjustable to allow total coverage.
Achilles Heel Protection Sleeve – For relief from pump bumps (Haglund deformity) or sore, fatigued or injured Achilles tendon. Gel pad protects the heel. Washable and reusable. Fits in most footwear.
Medical Sheepskin Heel Protector – Protects against decubitus ulcer formation on the heel of long-term patients. Fits any size. Sold as singles.
See all Sheepskin Protectors
See all Sheepskin Ranch Products
Heelbo Heel & Elbow Protectors – Protects heels or elbows without a shearing effect on the skin. Machine washable, latex free, comes in pairs.
What about the rest of the foot? See our Foot Care Products
Don’t live with heel pain. Order your heel pain remedy today!
Asthma is serious business. According to the CDC there are approximately 16 million Americans who currently have asthma, 7 million of whom are children. In fact, asthma is the most prevalent chronic illness in children affecting nearly 10% of the population.
Asthma attacks can last for minutes or even days and are generally characterized by coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.
Asthma is generally treated or controlled with anti-inflammatory drugs and bronchodilators but asthma symptoms can be substantially reduced by avoiding exposure to known allergens and respiratory irritants such as pollen, dust mites, mold and animal dander. Other asthma triggers include irritants like smoke, pollution, fumes, cleaning chemicals and sprays.
Popular Asthma Products
Nebulizers– Nebulizers deliver lifesaving aerosolized liquid medicine to the lungs through a tube-like mouthpiece. Allegro offers a wide assortment of nebulizers including the latest piston-powered, pediatric nebs, hand-held ultrasonic nebulizers and compact nebulizers. We suggest the MABISMist II Handheld Ultrasonic Nebulizer, the CompMist Compressor Nebulizer Kit or the Beetle Neb Compact Ultrasonic Nebulizer.
See All Nebulizers and Accessories
Metered Dose Inhalers (MDI)– Doctors most commonly prescribe inhalers to deliver asthma medication, largely because these are more convenient and portable than nebulizers.
See our full line of Breathing Therapy Products.
Peak Flow Meters – Highly Recommended and Low Cost!!Asthma sufferers ages 4 and up should have a peak flow meter at home to help recognize early signs of worsening asthma or a pending attack. Readings can predict an attack hours or even days before asthma symptoms appear. Be sure you always know your baseline measurement that reflects your best breathing.
Peak Flow Meter Ranges per WebMD:
- If your peak flow meter shows numbers between 50% and 80% of your personal best, an asthma attack has likely begun.
- A number below 50% signals an emergency that needs immediate attention.
- Call 911 if you have trouble walking or talking due to shortness of breath, or if your lips are blue or gray.
Finger Pulse Oximeters– A pulse oximeter is a diagnostic tool that enables the indirect measurement of the percentage of oxygenated hemoglobin in the blood. Pulse oximetry is commonly used in the assessment of children with asthma and wheezing. Parents or caregivers of children with asthma may have a home oximeter that is used, under a doctor’s instruction and recommendation, when asthma symptoms are present to determine the severity of an asthma attack.
Allergy Products– Half the battle of managing asthma is avoiding asthma causing triggers. See our Allergy Condition for products to help you stay away from asthma and allergy irritants. Pay special attention to our allergy-free bedding and pillows and Humidifiers / Vaporizers.
Visit Allegro’s Asthma Condition product listing for all asthma products and may you breathe easy all the days of your life.
Thanks for being one of Allegro’s 1 Million+ Customers!
As released to the press today:
For Immediate Release: March 15, 2010
Online Medical Supplies Superstore Ships 1 Millionth Order
AllegroMedical.com, the online medical supplies superstore, announced that is has reached the 1 million customer mark, meaning that just under 13 years, it has served more than a million customers nationwide.
Mesa, AZ – March 15, 2010 – Allegro Medical has announced that it has now shipped 1 million orders since its website launched in 1997. The first company to sell medical supplies online, it has grown to become the largest online supplier of home health care products. Its diverse product line ranges from simple items such as latex exam gloves to orthopedic devices and wheelchairs.
Allegro makes it easy for shoppers to find and buy top-quality medical products and have them delivered directly to their home or business. The company offers a broad range of durable medical equipment from top brands for wheelchairs, mobility scooters, commodes, walkers, ramps, shower chairs and more. Medical supplies such as catheters, wound care supplies, ostomy supplies and dietary supplements are also among the thousands of items for sale on Allegro Medical’s website.
“We’ve come a long way since 1997. And we owe it all to our hard working team and the ever increasing population of web shoppers,” said Craig Hood, President/CEO of Allegro Medical. “People are surprised to learn that most of our online customers are age 60+.”
“For a caregiver, nothing is more important than easy access to medical supplies. Patients recovering from strokes, surgeries or serious accidents demand the best in quality care products, from a bath safety aid to a knee brace, and they are finding them at Allegro. If we continue to grow at our current pace, it won’t be long before we ship another million orders.”
Allegro’s ecommerce site offers other products for the medical equipment and home healthcare supplies industry, such as health and fitness, weight loss dietary supplements, pain relief, maternity care, adult diapers and Over-the-Counter medications. It also sells products for emergency preparation. All of the company’s products are searchable by keyword, category, brand, and by medical condition.
About Allegro Medical
With 45,000 medical supplies available on their website, Allegro Medical offers their customers both value and variety. The online superstore is also known for stellar customer service and speedy home delivery. For more information, please visit AllegroMedical.com.
Back pain relief is tricky. First there is the business of reducing or eliminating the back pain. Then there are products to prevent the pain from coming back, and if all else fails there are aids to make daily life less painful for those living with chronic back pain.
Allegro Medical sells thousands of products and remedies designed to relieve, treat or prevent back pain. Some products listed below are for those currently suffering from back pain, others are designed simply to reduce back stress for caregivers while moving and caring for patients.
Note: Back pain is so pervasive and its causes so varied that there is no simple answer on how to manage it. I highly recommend that you consult your doctor or see a chiropractor in your quest for relief. You may need a series of adjustments and/or some targeted exercises to eliminate or ease your back pain.
Popular Back Pain Relief Products
Snappy Spa – The newest portable spa on the market, from the makers of the super popular inflatable Spa2Go Portable Whirlpool. Snappy Spa is even better because it’s snappy! Connectors snap together with no special tools and it is insulated for maximum heat retention. Talk about back pain relief! You can use this personal, portable spa anywhere. Fits 4 adults. Get Free UPS Ground Shipping, for a limited time. Order today!
See all Relaxation Products
Kinesio Tape – The effectiveness of this tape is proven to relieve all kinds of pain, including back pain, but only if applied properly. Rather than strapping your muscles, the philosophy of Kinesio Tape is to give free range of motion and allow the body’s muscular system to heal itself bio-mechanically. Read more about Kinesio Tape in What the Heck is Kinesio Tape and why is Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Wearing it?
See all Kineso Related Products
Coccyx Cushion – Relieve your painful tailbone with one of our most popular products ever. The coccyx cushion has a cut-out at the back, thereby reducing pressure on the spine and coccyx while sitting. It can be used with most any seat at home, work or in the car.
See all Coccyx Cushions and Seat and Back Cushions
Hinged Elevated Toilet Seat – Raises the toilet seat by 3″ to help you get on and off. Great for arthritis sufferers, back pain, knee or hip pain.
See all Raised Toilet Seats and Bathroom Assists
Biofreeze – For fast-acting long-lasting relief of minor aches and back pains. Contains ILEX, an herbal extract from South America used around the world in various health & wellness formulations. Contains no waxes, oils, aloe or petroleum.
See all Performance Health Products and Over-the-Counter (OTC) Back Pain Relievers
ColPaC Cold Therapy Cushions – Available in shapes and sizes for all body parts, these ColPaCs are great for temporary relief of back pain. Simply chill in the freezer and apply. You can use them over and over.
Thermotex Infrared Heating Pad – TTS Platinum– The mother of all heating pads for back pain, infrared pad uses a deep heat therapy system to increase ciculation and promote increased blood flow. We just got this Platinum Thermotex back in stock and they are super popular. Get ’em while they’re hot… (I know, I know…)
See all Thermotex Products, Heat / Heating Pads and Hot/Cold Therapy
Confused about Hot or Cold Therapy? Read Arthritis Pain – Which is Best, Heat or Ice?
Deluxe Flexible Sock and Stocking Aid– Is your back pain making it hard to get dressed? Don’t lose your independence. Try one of our dressing aids.
Back Massagers – Relieve muscle tension and minor back aches with these soothing, invigorating massage products. Many choices!
SafetySure Transfer Pivot Disk – Caregivers, listen up. You must take care of yourself before you can take care of others. Ensure you are both safe during patient transfers and avoid painful back injuries with this transfer pivot disk.
See all Transfer Boards and Discs, Transfer Devices and Mobility Transfer Products
Specialty Pillows – Back pain is easily caused or made worse by your sleeping habits. Find relief in our large selection of pillows and get a great night’s sleep. If you’re looking to reduce lower back pain and you are a side sleeper, I recommend getting a Leg Wedge Pillow as well.
Bedridden? Take a look at our bed positioners and wedges
Cervical Traction Devices – Often used to relieve pinched nerves, these home traction sets are very popular and highly rated for reducing back and neck pain.
Intelect TENS Unit – This portable, battery-operated TENs device is “used for the symptomatic relief and management of chronic pain and acute post-surgical or post-trauma pain”. That’s a mouthful, but essentially it zaps your muscles with stimulating pulses that temporarily interrupt pain.
See all Electrotherapy Products
Shoe Insoles and Heel Cups – Help relieve pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips and back.
Abdominal Binders and Hernia Support – Support for your back, belly and nether regions. See also Maternity Supports and Allegro’s Bariatric Back Support.
Anti-Fatigue Mats – Do you have back pain and fatigue from standing all day? Get a cushy floor mat. I have two of them in my kitchen. I can cook for hours!
Still not finding your back pain remedy? See all 300+ Back Pain Relief Products in our Shop by Condition area. And please remember that Exercise and Fitness play a big role in reducing back pain. It may help if you strengthen your core.
See your doctor before starting any exercise program or if you have questions or concerns about any back pain remedy.
As always, thanks for your business.
I’m so used to automated restrooms that sometimes I forget and hold my hands under my own bathroom faucet, waiting for the water to come on! It slays me.
Now we can all go hands-free at home or the office with everything from automated soap dispensers, faucets and toilet flushers to trashcans and paper towel dispensers.
Besides giving a new meaning to “Look Ma! No hands!”, these automated products are ideal for homes with kids or elders, people with limited hand function, modern homes, office buildings, medical offices, schools, day-care facilities and nursing homes. They also make great gifts.
Allegro Medical’s Automated Products
Touch-Free Sensor Soap Dispenser – Stainless Steel– 100% hands free. Our most popular touchless product, this elegant, durable soap dispenser reduces contact with germs and delivers an exact dose of soap, detergent, lotion or gel every time. Works beautifully with any kitchen or bath decor.
Sensor Flush – Automatic Toilet Flusher – Convert your tank-style toilet into a touchless, germ free toilet in just 5 minutes. Batteries are included and they last up to 23,000 flushes!
EZ Faucet Pro – Touchless Automatic Water Dispenser – Makes any existing sink faucet completely hands-free and automatic. Helps prevent the spread of flu and infectious diseases, plus conserves water by stopping water when it is not in use. Touch-free sensor activation.
Touchless Recycle Bin – 16 gallon, 2-compartment recycle bin that opens and closes automatically with the latest sensor technology. Fits an 8 gallon trash bag in each compartment.
Towel-Matic Automatic Paper Towel Dispenser – Works perfectly with all brands and sizes of home paper towels. Guaranteed one-hand operation Makes tearing towel sheets easy and mess free!
Touchless Trashcan SX Silver – 14 Gallon – Create a germ free, odor free environment with an automated trash can. Get the latest sensor technology and a patented space saving lid opening design. New AC power adaptor is available to save on battery cost.
See all Touchless Trash Cans
Weather-Proof Fingerprint Recognition Door Locks– Everyone in your home or office has their own unique “key” that they’ll NEVER LOSE. Their fingerprints! Works with up to 150 fingerprint users and 78 passcode users. Easy to install, rugged, corrosion resistant steel.
See all iTouchless products
See all Around the House for more of Allegro Medical’s simplification products. We want to help make your life easier!
Bladder control can be an issue from potty training through adulthood, in varying degree, but can be managed discreetly and with confidence with a wide variety of incontinence products. Find the perfect absorbency, size and type of incontinence supply from our large selection of undergarments, pads, shields, pull-ups and diapers for youth and adults.
We also carry a full line of Baby Diapers and Wipes for Newborns and Toddlers.
Which Incontinence Products are Best for Youth & Adults?
Training Pants and Pull Ups –The real feel of underwear with the wetness protection needed for potty-training toddlers. Choose from name brands like Huggies, Curity and more.
Youth Briefs, Underpants and Sleep Pants – Discreet all-day incontinence protection for older kids or sleep pants for older children and teens suffering from bed-wetting.
Adult Protective Underwear – Get the look and feel of real underwear in an adult incontinence brief. All sizes and absorbencies. Choose incontinence underwear from brand names like Prevail, Depend, Tena and more.
Incontinence Pads and Shields – Day and night pads for light, moderate and heavy incontinence.
Adult Disposable Diapers/Briefs – For all types of incontinence, these adult briefs are designed to be discreet and secure. Major brands include Curity, Tena, Depend, Tranquility, Breezers and Wings.
Adult Reusable Briefs – A money-saving alternative to disposable incontinence briefs or pads.
See all incontinence products including bedpads and sheeting, bed wetting solutions and disposable washcloths.
Let us know if we can be of further assistance and thanks again for being an Allegro customer.
We watch these amazing athletes like Shaun White, Lindsey Vonn, and Bode Miller tearing up the slopes in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and the next thing you know we’re booking a ski vacation.
The Olympics motivate and inspire us. All over the world skiers are opting for black diamonds, baby boomers are trading their skis for snowboards, parents are enrolling their toddlers in ski school and amateurs are attempting the half-pipe. I’m pretty sure hockey tickets just got harder to get too.
Are you looking to step up your game?
Skiers, Snowboarders and Skaters: There are ways to guarantee improved performance on the slopes or the ice! Practice is key, but even if you don’t have a mountain or an ice rink nearby, you can be well-prepared to for your next ski trip with a little homework.
You cannot ski, snowboard or skate well without leg strength and balance. Even if you have strong legs, you are useless without good balance. Put some time and work into it at home and you won’t believe the difference in your agility, ability, control and confidence on the slopes.
Not a skier, snowboarder or skater? Doesn’t matter. Here are 21 Reasons to Improve Your Balance
Balance is the ability to maintain your center of gravity over your base of support. Starting out, you can practice balancing on a flat surface with some static balance exercises. Stand on one foot and lift the opposite leg so your knee is parallel to the ground. Kick that foot out slowly and then bring it back in. Do this on each side until you can do it without falling over. Once you have mastered the static moves you can do more dynamic balance exercises by twisting and rotating with one foot off the ground. This simulates the movements you will make when trying to correct or regain your balance on the snow or ice.
When you feel stable balancing on flat ground, you can advance to balance products. Many start with a simple Balance Disc, but Balance Boardsare the most popular among skiers, skateboarders and snowboarders of all ages.
BEST Balance Products for Skiers, Snowboarders and Skaters
Bongo Board Balance Board – The hottest balance board on the market today.
Indo Board Balance Board Training Package– Includes deck, roller, IndoFlo balance cushion and FREE instructional DVD. Claims to be the easiest model to learn on.
See all Indo Boards
See all Vew-Do Boards
Twist Board – Loosens your knees and waist. Large, stable 17″ base. Can be used with rocker boards for ultimate balance training.
See all Stroops Agility Training
Fitter Classic 16″ Wobble Board – Plastic – Adjusts from basic to advanced with a simple twist. For all ages and skill levels. I like the Wooden Fitter Wobble Board, myself.
See all FitBALL
Airex Balance Pad – Improve your balance while doing your regular workouts. Great for lunges.
See all Airex
Jumbo Balance Dome – Just like the ones in the gym. Large enough for your whole foot. Use upside down or right-side up for two levels of difficulty.
See all SPRI
Serious about skating? Ice skaters and Hockey players will want a Slide Board for off-ice training.
BONUS TIP! You will see a difference in your shock absorption, power transmission and edge control if you add SuperFeet Insoles to your skates or ski boots. Try the hotPINK Cold Weather Insoles for Women or the REDhot Cold Weather Insoles for Men.
Whether the Winter Olympics have you snuggling deeper into the couch or running for the lift lines, we hope you stay healthy and safe. Stay warm with Cold Weather Gear to Warm you Inside and Out. Thanks for being an Allegro customer.
Raised toilet seats are divine inventions for those who have trouble bending to sit on a standard toilet seat. These elevated devices are routinely prescribed for short term use upon hospital discharge, usually to accommodate fractures or post-hip replacements and knee surgeries. Elderly individuals and those with chronic arthritis, hip pain, knee pain, back pain or mobility issues may require a more permanent solution to maintain independence in the bathroom.
Sizes, prices and safety mechanisms vary considerably so you need to know your options.
Optimal Seat Height: Raised toilet seats sit atop the stool and typically add between 2 inches and 6 inches in height. The higher the seat, the less flexion is required in your hips and knees, making it easier to sit down and stand up. If your toilet seat is too high, however, you will feel unstable. The ideal height is one where your feet are flat on the floor.
You can also elevate your toilet seat by raising the entire toilet from underneath. Allegro Medical sells a toilet seat riser that doesn’t change the look of your standard toilet but will raise it about 3.5″ off the ground.
See the Toilevator Toilet Riser, 500 lb Capacity
Most Popular Raised Toilet Seat
Hinged Elevated Toilet Seat – 3″ – Perfect for the men in the house, this device raises the seat by 3 inches but also allows the ring to be lifted the same as your standard toilet seat. It barely changes the look of the toilet.
Use the following “Raised Toilet Seat Buyer’s Guide” to help decide which toilet seat is right for you or your loved one.
Raised Toilet Seat Buyer’s Guide
Short Term Use – Non-locking Raised Toilet Seats – For short recovery times, occasional use or some post-surgery, the raised toilet seats without locking devices work fine. They are portable and very easy to use.
Depending on the stability of the user, we recommend that these be used along with a Toilet Safety Frame since these elevated toilet seats are attached by reliable methods, but not clamped or bolted on for increased security.
Medium Term Use – Locking device – Special locking devices, front-clamps and brackets keep these raised toilet seats from shifting providing a secure, comfortable toileting experience. A fantastic alternative to permanent fixation.
Long Term Use – Bolt on Toilet Seat – Perfect for disabled, elderly or those with a chronic need for an elevated toilet seat. These raised toilet seats are super secure and have many helpful features to make getting on and off the toilet much easier.
Specialty Toilet Seats
Hip Replacements, Post Surgery, Leg, Hip and Knee Injuries and Fractures often require a unique, asymmetrical shaped toilet seat riser with one side “cut out” to allow one leg to remain in the prescribed position while sitting (knee should be lower than the new hip during hip replacement recovery).
See Hospital Discharge Favorites
Bariatric, Heavy Duty, Extra Wide Raised Toilet Seats– Choose from styles that accomodate users up to 600 lbs.
Wheelchair Transfer Toilet Seats – Convert your toilet into an elevated wheelchair transfer seat. Bolts onto most standard toilets.
Please call an Allegro Customer Care agent at 800-861-3211 if you require further assistance in choosing the right raised toilet seat or see all Raised Toilet Seats for more ideas.
See all Bathroom Assists
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