This little low-tech device helps people with physical disabilities get their socks on

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We’ve talked about various electronic gadgets to help our elders stay in touch without overwhelming them with technology, but we haven’t really discussed other ways to make their lives easier.  The Sock Aid with Foam Grip is a device to help people with arthritis of the hips or knees, back pain, or other physical limitations get their socks on by themselves.  I have severe arthritis in both knees, and I was introduced to the Sock Aid at a seminar for potential joint-replacement candidates.  My first thought was that it would destroy my socks to stretch them over the end of the sock aid, but the elastic seems as snappy as ever.  You just put the sock over the end, lay it on the floor while keeping a grip on the ropes, slide your foot into the Sock Aid, and then pull up on the ropes.  Your sock slides on easy as can be, and the Sock Aid just pulls out the top of the sock.

I purchased one from Amazon to have for my surgery, but I find myself using it now to prevent pain in my knees.  It would be a great tool for adults of any age who have limited motion because of arthritis, surgery, or injury.  The Sock Aid with Foam Grip is $8.49 at Amazon.

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  2. Janet, you may want to remove any association with Elizabeth Anne Shoes, check the BBB and disgruntled Facebook page. This company is a scam, you order boots, they never arrive and you don’t receive your money back.

    1. This device came from Amazon, and it helps you get your socks on. It has nothing to do with boots.

      I assume you are referring to the post about the boots with the card holders from last year? There is no association with Elizabeth Anne boots. That was simply a news post about a product I saw while surfing and thought might be of interest to our readers.

  3. Janet, this is not exactly new news. I had hip replacement 5 years ago and my wife had it done before that. Each time, we were given one of these devices. Good news is that they really work and provide for more independent living. Another device is the extended shoehorn – at least 20″ long and helps the same sort of people. I’m sure that there are other similar devices available. Just check the website for one of the medical equipment companies
    Your article certainly does spread the word

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