I am nervous that I won't be able to tie my shoe laces after hip replacement surgery, and I need to wear lace up boots with orthotics to help with my walking. Also I need to be able to twist around towards the right to reach my tail end when I go to the loo, because I have problems with evacuation.... this is rather embarrassing, but will I be able to do that after hip replacement surgery? Will these be long term restrictions? My right knee, when inflamed, usually has much more pain and stiffness than the right hip. Also, I have been informed by by my insurance that I am covered for injections, if these would be appropriate - prior to surgery. I guess it is a matter of time, but surgery is so drastic and not without side effects. One of my friends knows a lady who had ankle problems and walking problems after hip replacement. Ideally, I want to be able to walk comfortably again, without limping and without achilles and knee pain. Other friends have given positive feedback about hip replacement. Guess I am having pre-op jitters.