Frequently Asked Questions
Hip Replacement Surgical Questions
The Arthritis Institute is proud to help others through education. These
that follow contain general information. Consult your doctor about specific
treatments and any questions regarding your care.
Joint Replacement at the Arthritis Institute Questions
Question: My hip is feeling great and I am now six weeks after
surgery and walking a mile a day. I have not been on a walking program before
and I am not sure if my shoes are giving me the support that I need. They are
just a plain pair of tennis shoes that I had for about 10 years. Any
Answer: Ten-year old tennis shoes are probably not providing
adequate support for a walking program. Shoes for walking are different. They
must be designed for walkings' specific heel-to-toe biomechanics. That means
more protection in engineering for heel strike and more emphasis on a solid
platform of roomy comfort and support. There is a difference between walking
and running shoes. Walking shoes have more rigidity in the front so you can
roll off your toes rather than bending through them as you do in running shoes.
Walking shoes need extra shock absorption in the heel of the shoe and especially
under the ball of the foot to help prevent heel pain. A shoe with a slightly
rounded sole or rocker bottom can help to smoothly shift weight from the heel to
the toe as you walk. Frequent a shoe store with a knowledgeable sales staff,
preferably a staffer who walks themselves for fitness. Rate style low on your
appeal list. Some shoes that look great can fall apart quickly. Some shoe
companies will tack on bizarre styling or design features for marketing
razzle-dazzle. Ignore that. Look for solid construction, intelligent design and
Some other hints for shoe shopping:
- Measure your feet. Measure both length and width, at least once per year.
Don't assume you know your current shoe size. Size may vary between shoe models.
Don't hesitate to try on a few in a size other than what measuring indicates.
Take measurements at the end of the day when feet tend to be more swollen.
- Try walking shoes on with the same thickness of socks you intend to wear.
- Women should check for adequate room in the ball of the foot and a snug
heel fit. Women tend to be wider in the ball of the foot with narrower heels.
- Walk in the shoes at your fitness walking pace to gage fit under typical
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Question: Can I sleep on my side after having hip replacement
Answer: Yes. Patients can begin sleeping on their side during
their hospitalization. Many hip replacement patients feel comfortable sleeping
on their nonoperative leg. Pillows help the comfort of the operated leg which
can be sore and feel heavy for 1-2 weeks.
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