Best Daily Living Sock & Stocking Aids in 2020

Vive Sock Aid - Easy On and Off Stocking Slider - Donner Pulling Assist Device - Compression Sock Helper Aide Tool - Puller for Elderly, Senior, Pregnant, Diabetics - Pull Up Assistance Help Review:

My problem with my compression socks is with getting the foot (not leg) into the sock. My foot is ~5" at the widest point (men's size 13-D or 13-E). The circumference of my foot when crossing the heel is ~16.5" Once the heel is in place I can easily do the rest by hand.

The technique I must use after mounting the sock is:
1) apply petroleum jelly to sides and heel of foot
2) rotate (heel is on the side of my foot)
3) rotate to the device back to the recommended position as the knots line up with my arch.
4) just before pulling over the heel, manually advance the upper (upper on my foot, not the sock) part of the sock as far as possible
5) remove the device from my ankle by simply pulling it off
6) manually raise the sock top to just under my knee - no bumps or wrinkles to remove
It takes me 1 hr per sock to put the sock on manually, without this device (mostly spent on getting the sock over my heel). This is because I must raise my foot to where I can reach it (about 18"). This guarantees that my foot is always pressing down on the stool holding my foot up. Very awkward to get the sock past the load bearing point.

RMS Original Deluxe Sock Aid with Foam Handles Review:

I have been using this sock aid for some time with excellent results. I find the Medpeds brand of socks works well with them (they are designed for people with diabetes or suffering from leg swelling). I find cotton socks do not have enough stretch to comfortably wear or to get on my foot. I find this sock aid very helpful for putting on sandals with a strap around the heel. Insert sock aid in sandal similar to sock allowing aid to guide heel past strap without the strap folding under the heel. I recently had hip surgery which required wearing T.E.D. hose (compression socks) and found them extremely difficult to put on, even with help. The addition of a sprinkle of foot powder or talcum powder inside the Sock Aid mad even these socks go on easily without help. I couldn't get past the heel without powder.

Sock Aid with Foam Handles Review:

I have a great deal of trouble getting my socks on because of a bout with spinal cancer. I can reach my heels but not that extra stretch of a couple more inches necessary to reach my toes. As such, putting on any design of socks is a challenge. This is so simple yet so easy to use; I'm amazed that I didn't find this sooner. I don't typically gush about a product but after being frustrated for so long, I can't help but praise this silly gadget. It works terrific! I'm just ashamed at myself that I didn't get one sooner. Authentic praise for this thing. If you can't reach your feet, just get one and quit fighting yourself.

Wide Sock Aid with Single Cord Review:

I have a great deal of trouble getting my socks on because of a bout with spinal cancer. I can reach my heels but not that extra stretch of a couple more inches necessary to reach my toes. As such, putting on any design of socks is a challenge. This is so simple yet so easy to use; I'm amazed that I didn't find this sooner. I don't typically gush about a product but after being frustrated for so long, I can't help but praise this silly gadget. It works terrific! I'm just ashamed at myself that I didn't get one sooner. Authentic praise for this thing. If you can't reach your feet, just get one and quit fighting yourself.

Sock Horse - Sock Aid, Taupe, 4.8 Ounce Review:

I have a bad right hip and I can not reach my right foot to put my sock on. I can sock my left foot, but not my right, and my husband had to help me put my sock on every day. It was very inconvenient for both of us. Then I saw the Sock Horse Sock Aid on Amazon and thought maybe that would help. When I got it, and tried it for the first time using the instructions provided, I was not able to raise my leg/foot high enough to use the sock aid. You need to have the sock aid to the back of your leg to slip your foot in, and it was impossible for me to do it. I tried to use it standing up, but it was painful and I lost my balance. So I sat back down and thought for a few minutes, at first disappointed because it was not working for me. But then I thought "what if I used it from the side?" I looked at it and looked at my sock and decided to load the sock into the sock aid sideways. I put the sock aid between my knees and loaded the sock with the heel to the left. Then I put the sock aid on the right side of my right leg, lifted my foot up, slid it into the sock, pushed down gently and my foot slipped right into the sock. AMAZING!! It worked perfectly, so easy. It was a perfect solution. Now I can put any sock on all by myself. I use the sock aid for all types of socks, trouser socks, knee works with all of them. I just adjust the sock so the heel does not hang down to low. It has really changed my life. You don't realize how something as simple as not being able to put on socks can rule your life. Now I have my freedom back and I am not dependent on my husband. Thank you Sock Aid.

RMS Sock Aid Kit - Easy On Easy Off Device for Putting On Socks and Removing Socks or Compression Stocking for Men and Women with Limited Mobility (Blue) Review:

I have tried most of the sock aids and this is the best one. I don't know how much strength it would take for regular socks but it takes considerable strength for pressure socks. However, this can be minimized by the following procedure: 1. Pull the top of the sock over the frame by hand and then use rubber gloves to pull the sock all the way up onto the frame, keeping the heel of the sock centered, (towards the black circle). 2. Use the rubber gloves to roll and compress the sock back down the frame about half way. This minimizes the distance you have to push the foot through the frame, which minimizes the force needed. 3. Dry the foot (especially after a shower) and apply some powder or lubricant along the heel to minimize friction and force, necessary to push the foot through the frame. 4. Sit down and put your foot on the floor in front of you, but not fully extended. 5. Point the toes downward and insert the foot into the sock. (This is the moment where strength is needed). I find rolling the ropes once around my wrists, reduces the pressure on my fingers and gives me more leverage. 6. Pull hard on the ropes, keeping the line of force in a straight line with your pointed toes and raise and extend your leg outward as much as possible. As soon as the heel has passed through the frame, turn the foot back up and continue to pull up on the frame until it slides out along the calf. Then pull it free and adjust the sock by hand. I bought two of these sock aids so that I can put both socks onto the frames at the same time without having to stand up twice and don and doff the rubber gloves twice. In this way, with practice, it takes me only 2 minutes to put on both compression socks in the morning. --- re the sock remover device, I find it more difficult to use than removing the sock by hand because a lot of pressure is needed to insert and push the sock off after you engage the sock at the heel. I just push the socks off my heel with my fingers. I give it 5 stars because it is the best of what is available. Good luck.

Flexible Sock and Stocking Aid. Put on Your Sock Without Bending Review:

I have used the product once since I took It out of the mail box on Sunday. It looks very much like the last one I received on March 29th that had the cloth material rip totally off the plastic during use after only about a month! I got my first aid for total knee replacement in June of 2016 and had to mend (sew) the cloth material on it a couple times, but the thread used was stronger and just had small rips versus total failure like the second one discussed above. After 2 years and about 9 months of use on the first one, the plastic fatigued and broke between the "fingers" and I ordered the second one that lasted about a month! The first one also had the end of the plastic "fingers" rounded; not sure if this increased function, but it gave a neater more professional appearance. In summary to the manufacture of these last two is to use the strongest thread possible to sew the material on to the product as this seems to be the weak point. And secondly, rounding the end of the "fingers" looks better and more professional.

Sammons Preston Flexible Sock & Stocking Aid, Dressing Assist for Elderly, Disabled, and Handicapped, Socks and Stockings Donner for Limited Reach and Range of Motion, ADL Tool for Getting Dressed Review:

Works great with compression stockings. My 84 year old grandma had knee surgery. She had a solid plastic sock helper but her compression hose were a small size and they were very hard for her to get on the form since she has bad arthritis in both hands. I looked for something that would be more flexible so it wasn't as hard for her to get the sock on the form. She can easily get them onto the form and pulls them up with very little effort. She was so happy we found something that finally worked for her she nearly cried! I don't normally leave reviews but this product was exactly what we needed for her so I wanted to share with others.

DMI Deluxe No Bend Sock Aid to Easily Pull on Socks, Slip Resistance, White Review:

I have severe back issues. Bending over long enough to put on socks usually results in me cramping and the pain isn't worth it. I tried the pre-formed mostly non-flexible sock aid, sortof looks like a half of a pvc pipe, with cloth on the outside to grip the sock and a slippy inner coating. It works well if done right. I pull almost the entire sock onto the aid and ensure no sock extends past the top (your foot doesn't go into the 'hole' well if there's sock above the aid as it hangs up on the sock), and I put the sock on the aid all the way to the toe or I usually end up with quite a pull getting the sock all the way on, which has to be a lot of stress for the sock. This aid, however, makes it very easy. Note the 'hourglass' design with pull straps on the big end. You 'curl' the small end into a cone enough to slip the sock onto it about 2/3 of the aid length, just up to where the narrow waist starts to get wider towards the strap end. Then just slip your foot in and pull, and you usually get the sock on all the way to the toe! Much easier, once you get the hang of it, and I bet the expensive socks will last longer as they are a lot less strained. I think the stress difference is evident in that I have yet to have to repair the cover on this aid, while on the other one it has an abundance of, yes, duct tape! Bonus: This one lays flat, so it is a lot easier to pack on trips.

Truform Large Size Stocking Donner, Helps Apply Compression Socks Sized XL, 2XL or 3XL Review:

I've been wearing compression knee highs for several years due to CVI, so I'm sort of used to the process of getting them on and off. I've been using another donner since December 2014, and I have a routine for getting them on that works for me. But it's starting to show its age a bit -- it's still usable, but I wanted to see if I could find another one that might be a little sturdier.

Saw this Truform donner, and decided to give it a try. It's about half the cost of my original donner, so I wasn't expecting it to be as sturdy as my old one. But I figured for the money, if it lasted more than a year, it was still a little ahead of the old one.

I needn't have been concerned. This is MUCH sturdier than the old one. The wire that makes up the frame is larger, so that gives it a less "flimsy" feel. I got the larger size with the 5"-wide opening (the smaller size is 4" wide) -- my calves are about 19" -- and it's perfect. Bear in mind that if you wear smaller stockings, the 5" opening may be too large to get the socks onto the frame. So pay attention to size, and order the size you need.

A quibble (seems to be common with every donner I've seen): There are minimal instructions provided with this. If you are new to using a donning device like this, be prepared for a "learning curve." It may take you a week or so of daily use to get comfortable with the whole process (loading the sock onto the device, then getting it onto your foot/leg). First things first: the socks aren't easy to load onto the device at first (you'll get used to it with more practice). This donner is easier than my old one, probably because the "wire" is large and the sock slips on easier. I load my socks based on the instructions, just to the point where the heel has cleared the opening. I put mine on sitting down (bad back/etc.), so once the sock is loaded, I just get my foot into the sock, lining up the heel, then put my foot on the ground and pull until the sock is about halfway up. Then, I just grab the top edges of the sock and finish easing it off the device, and up my leg, being careful to ease out any wrinkles on the way. Getting the heel placed correctly is CRITICAL -- miss that, and you'll have problems with pinching, etc.

Honestly, without a donner like this, I wouldn't be able to get into my socks at all, and I HAVE to wear them every day or risk the consequences (really, not pleasant ... ). That I can get a donner for a reasonable cost that has high-quality materials and construction is a huge relief! Solid well-earned 5 stars.