Putting on shoes and socks

Long handle shoe hornYour therapists will give you specific instructions about how to get put on shoes and socks after knee or hip replacement surgery. Here are some general tips:

  • Sturdy slip-on shoes and shoes with Velcro closures or elastic laces are easiest. You should NOT be wearing backless shoes (mules or slingbacks) or shoes with heels higher than 2.5 cm (one inch). Do NOT wear slippers, even around the house.
  • Choose knee socks rather than ankle socks or nylon knee-hi’s. Try putting a bit of talcum powder or cornstarch inside to help your feet slide in more easily.
  • Use a Long-handled reacher or long-handled shoehorn. Your therapist may show you how to use a device called a sock aid.