For cellulitis prevention it is essential to me to keep the fluid build up on my ankles down so thus I wear compression socks however if I do get a sore that requires antibiotic cream and a gauze bandage it is impossible to get the socks on and keep the bandage in place so instead I use the wrap to keep the gauze in place and provide the compresion for my ankle. My GP’s nurse turned me on to this. It takes the place of the old ace bandage. She used the “human” version in the office which runs upwards of $10 a roll at the drug store, but told me about the vet use only version which is about $1.50 in the ag store. The wrap is flexible and adheres to itself. I can mimic the compresion the socks give, I start low on the ankle, a little tighter there and just a bit looser around the calf. You don’t need any clips and it stays in place all day. It also affords some protection from the bumps you mentioned . Do be carefull however not to get it to tight and restrict blood flow. You can get a couple uses out of each roll. It does have latex so if your allerigic don’t use it. Here’s a link to our local ag store it’s actually called a cohesive flexible bandage. http://www.farmandfleet.com/farm_livestock/horse_tack/horse/wound_care/?p=2
I do know by the way exactly what your talking about with the bumps. When i first got out of the hospital it took hardly any bump at all to cause an abrasion, My skin wasn’t tissue paper thin but wasn’t far from it. Lucklly with the antibiotic ointment none of them turned into cellulitis. I did try shin guards, for me they were more trouble than they were worth, they rubbed on the skin and caused a sore.
from one who’s been there, good luck