How to Put on Socks After Hip Replacement

Written by melissa worcester
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After hip replacement surgery, bending at the waist is limited during the recovery period. Your doctor will tell you how long this lasts and how far you can bend safely, but you may expect to go several weeks without being able to bend further than 90 degrees at the hip. If you are an independent person, you will have trouble putting on socks without bending further than allowed. A sock aid device is the answer to this problem; examples of three models are in the links below.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Sock aid device
  • Pair of socks

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Slide the sock over the large curved part of the sock aid. Position it so that the heel of the sock is toward the curved part of the aid and slide it on all the way, until the toe is touching the end of the sock aid. Fold a part of the sock over the upper end of the sock aid.

  2. 2

    Drop the sock aid to the floor, while still holding the straps or handles in your hands. Manoeuvre your foot into the open end of the sock and position it so that the straps or handles are on either side of your leg.

  3. 3

    Pull up on the straps or handles until the sock is on your foot and has been pulled up as far as it can go.

  4. 4

    Remove the sock aid from the back of the sock and continue in the same manner with the other sock.

Tips and warnings

  • Besides a sock aid, a grabbing or reaching device may be helpful, especially when taking off the socks or if you drop one on the floor by accident. This type of device will be useful in many other ways during your recovery.

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