Sock aids and shoe horns are essential tools for helping maintain your independence.
Both are very affordable. Bits of kit that we will all be making more use of as we age and grow stiffer! For the hip replacement patient they are a must and I strongly recommend buying one of each.
Remember: when you leave hospital you will have some hip precautions to follow and one of these is the rule of 90. The rule of 90 forbids you from closing the angle between you upper body and thigh by more than 90 degrees and you definitely need to bend more than that to reach your feet to put on socks.
A few NHS hospitals may still provide them free of charge. Independent hospitals will have a selection on sale but they normally are normally over-priced.
There is a wide choice available on the internet and the prices are very competitive.
I'd advise buying one of each of these well before your surgery for two reasons.
Firstly as your hip deteriorates you're going to be needing them more and secondly it is really helpful to have learned how to use them before the op rather than waiting till afterwards.
This one is made from Terry cotton and is pretty gentle with tights/stockings/nylons. The cover is soft so you won't get a nasty bump as you can from hard plastic ones. The straps are sturdy and easy to use. There is also enough weight to it so that you can throw it at your foot with ease.
Reduced from $30 to $9.29 so grab one whilst you can.
More about the Deluxe Sock Aid
Generally speaking there's not a lot to chose between different long-handled shoe horns. This one is a little different as it comes with a T shaped handle that makes it easier to use.
The price is about the same as other shoe horns so this one gets my recommendation. It's particularly useful if you have problems with grip.
Learn more about the "T" Handle Shoe Horn
Another great sock aid, designed with the end user in mind. Covered in terry cloth, so gentle on your leg and on your nylons whilst keeping socks securely in place. The large loops on the straps make it very easy to pull up.
One great feature is that the plastic core is flexible enough to allow someone who can only use one hand to shape it easily.
More about Easy Pull Sock Aid
A stainless steel shoehorn that is more robust than some of the flimsy, snapable ones on the market. The end is flexible enough to place it into a variety of different shoe type.
More about this Long Handled Shoehorn
A sock aid is a cleverly designed piece of plastic with bits of tape attached that allows you to put on socks without bending down.
There's a bit of a knack involved here but it's one that is simple enough to learn.
First sit down. Don't attempt this standing up!
Bend the two long sides of the aid together. Then slide the sock over the tube. When it is on you will be able to look down inside.
Keep the bits of tape (or handles depending on the model) and put the aid on the floor. Wiggle your foot into the sock. You'll be able to get your foot in a little but not very far. When you are ready pull on the tapes and the aid will ride up your leg leaving your sock comfortably in position.
Keep on gently pulling and the aid will come out.
Now do the same for the other leg.
Sit down! Do not attempt this standing up even if it's what you usually do. Using a long handled shoe horn standing up requires you to twist your hip (not a great idea) and there is a risk of you falling (an even worse idea!).
Once you've got your socks comfortably on then wriggle into your shoes as far as you can.
Insert the long handled shoe horn between your heel and the back of the shoe and push your foot down. It should slide easily into place.
If it doesn't then consider wearing a pair of shoes with a looser fit. After all you are recuperating from surgery so comfort must take precedence over style.
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