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Unable to put on socks?/Use this device for dressing

If you are unable to put on socks and you need a quick solution you should consider sock aid or dressing stick. If you have pain in your hip or knee you should do some exercises to increase the blood flow and reduce pain. This article will also suggest what you can do if you are unable to remove socks. Read to the end and find out a simple way to put on or remove socks.

Let’s face it, socks, stockings, and hose aren’t the easiest items of clothing to put on at the best of times. If you aren’t careful, you will stretch the garment out of shape and end up with it twisted up your leg, making it very uncomfortable.

You need to be agile and have a body that will allow you to touch your toes. Socks are even more difficult to put on when you have mobility problems like many of the seniors in the country today.

Why do you struggle to put your socks on?

Putting your socks on your feet needs a body supple enough to touch your toes or you must be able to sit down and lift your shin onto your opposite knee. Not only that, but you also need the use of both hands to do it properly.

The list of ailments that can prevent you from easily doing these simple movements contains many that you probably wouldn’t have thought of.

  • Hip or knee replacements.
  • Worn and painful leg and hip joints.
  • Fractures leg and arm bones.
  • Sciatica and other back pain.
  • Balance issues.
  • Arthritis in legs, arms, and hands.
  • Injuries to hands and arms.
  • Shoulder and neck pain.
  • Being overweight and not being able to bend at the waist.

Hip exercises to ease arthritis pain

Out of these, probably arthritis is the most common cause of problems in the over 60 years age range. As with all types of osteoarthritis, relief partially depends on how often you’re able to exercise the joints. Because of the pain involved with moving these joints, many people worry that they’re doing more harm than good. Don’t worry, this isn’t true.

Yes, it’s natural to experience aches and soreness after exercising but it’s a fact that exercising the muscles around a joint will increase its mobility, increase the blood flow, reduce pain and increase its function.

If you haven’t exercised much before, remember to start gently and move slowly or you might end up tearing muscles and ligaments. And most importantly don’t do too many at first.

Exercise 1

  • Stand next to a wall, balance on your right foot and hold on to the wall to keep your balance.
  • Keep your leg straight with a slight bend at the knee.
  • Tap your left foot around your right one as if it’s tapping out the numbers on a clock from 1 to 12.
  • Retrace the number in the reverse direction from 12 to 1.
  • Repeat this four times.

Note: don’t twist at the waist and don’t lean forward.

Exercise 2

  • Lie on your back with legs extended and together.
  • Bend one knee and hold your shin with both hands.
  • Pull so your knee comes toward your chest. Don’t pull more than is comfortable. With practice, this might become easier.
  • Hold your leg in place for 30 seconds then replace your leg on the floor for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat with your other leg.
  • Repeat using both legs together.
  • Repeat the entire sequence four times.

Note: try to keep your back flat on the floor.

Exercise 3

  • Lie on your stomach on a firm flat surface such as a floor or your bed.
  • Place a pillow under your hips while keeping your head, neck and upper body in line and relaxed.
  • Bend a knee to 90 degrees.
  • Lift the other leg straight up as far as you can go.
  • Slowly lower the leg to the floor counting to five while you lower.
  • Repeat this eight times
  • Repeat everything with your other leg.

Note: start with 8 repetitions, then over time slowly work your way up to 12 repetitions. When this becomes easy, add 1 pound weights onto your ankles and start from 8 repetitions again. Keep adding weights as the exercise becomes easier.

There are many other exercises you can try. As long as they are ‘resistance exercises’ you will feel some benefit. Ask your doctor or physiotherapist for exercises that may be more suitable for your circumstances.

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Is there Something to help put Socks on?

Exercises are great for long term help, but how will we manage to put our socks on today or tomorrow?  If you have a partner who can help, then great. However, this isn’t helping you become more independent, is it?

You should look at the many online catalogs, that specialize in dressing aids. Look for the following two aids:

Sock Aids

Sock aids can help you if you’re temporarily or permanently incapacitated and helps both disabled and elderly people to keep their independence.

Most sock aids are just variations of a set format. They consist of a ‘foot chute’ over which your sock slides, and into which you place your foot. You then pull the handle straps which pull the sock on your foot and push the chute from your foot. The sock then travels up your ankle.

Dressing Stick

That sounds great doesn’t it but how do you take your sock off? The solution is a ‘dressing stick’.

This is a stick between two and three feet in length, with a hook on the end. Some have a variety of hook shapes to help with different dressing tasks from socks to jackets and from panties to shirts. Some also include a shoehorn for help with putting your shoes on. Additionally, most of them dismantle for easy storage when traveling.

RELATED: Guide to dressing aids for seniors

How do you take socks off?

How do you take your shoes off at the moment? With difficulty, I’ll bet. It’s relatively easy to remove your shoes without using your hands. Just, ease the heel of one shoe off with the toe of the other foot. But how about removing your socks. Not so easy.

You probably trap the toe of one sock under the other foot and try to drag your sock off by pulling your foot out. Not only does this stretch your socks, but you are also standing for a while without proper balance and this can be very dangerous.

Using a dressing stick allows you to push the sock down your leg and over your heel without stretching anything and without losing your balance. Try one, you’ll be amazed at how easy the task becomes.

What’s next?

Don’t wear socks all the time. It is important to take off your stockings before going to bed, especially if you wear compression ones. If you liked this dressing aid you should also check out more useful products for seniors.

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