Device to assist putting on socks, pants, and shoes

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  After a knee surgery this summer, I was stuck in a straight knee brace for about 2 months.  Unable to bend my knee, I found it difficult to do simple tasks such as putting on my socks, shoes, and even my pants. This problem inspired me to create a simple low tech device that could assist people in the same situation. It could even be used to assist elderly people who have lost the flexibility in their knees and back making them unable to reach their feet.
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Step 1: Parts list

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1  long enough pole to extend reach
(a long dowel, broom stick, or lacrosse stick works perfect)
1 spacer about 2 inches wider than the user's foot
2 clothes hangers with clips
1 shoehorn
(not pictured, I could not find one at the time)
duct tape

Step 2: Taping spacer to pole

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Use duct tape to fasten the wood block to the pole. Attach the wood block about 2 inches from the end of the pole and secure the block with tape at the top and bottom. Ensure the block is sturdy and unlikely to move.

Duct tape makes the project quick and easy to complete without drilling any holes.

Step 3: Attach hangers

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In this step you will tape the 2 hangers in place.
Center the hanger on the side of the pole and use 3 or 4 crossing pieces of duct tape to fasten the hanger. Test to ensure the hanger does not move
Center the second hanger on the side of the block and use 3 or 4 crossing pieces of duct tape to fasten the hanger. Test to ensure the hanger does not move

Step 4: Adding a shoehorn

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Use duct tape to attach the shoehorn to the bottom of pole.
If the duct tape is not strong enough to withstand the force of using the shoehorn. Drill 2 holes in the shoehorn and screw it directly to the pole.
mtabasco2 years ago
Nice job! This may come in handy after my upcoming surgery. Thanks
tryb013 years ago
I really like this device. It is super simple, made with throw away household items, & has at least 3 functions. There are devices to help someone with a disability to dress themselves available from specialty stores but this is a much cheaper option.
I have been working with disabled folks for many years & have built lots a aids to daily living. It is not always easy to find or make devices to remove barriers, This is a very good solution. I will keep it in mind as I will eventually find someone who needs such a device.Thank you for sharing it.
Thank you SO much for doing this! My husband has mobility issues, and at 37 needs me to help him with his socks every day. All the sock helper thingys I've seen around here work only for tall socks, not athletic socks like he wears. But this should do the trick. THANK YOU!!!!!