After surgery, most patients find it difficult to perform simple tasks like putting on pants, socks and shoes. If needed, there are aids which are available that can make dressing an easier and safer task to perform. Some things you should consider when dressing:
- Choose loose clothing if possible.
- Sit on the side of the bed or on a firm chair.
- Have your equipment near you (reacher, sock-aid, etc.).
Putting pants on with a reacher
Putting socks on with a sock aid
Pull sock over the sock aid.
Putting shoes on with a long-handled shoehorn
You may also find elastic shoes laces would be helpful when tying up your shoes.