Help for Small Wounds (Diabetes)
Nerve damage or poor circulation can turn even a small injury into a major health problem. Even something that seems insignificant, like a nick from a toenail clipper, deserves your doctor’s attention. Bring it up at your next visit.
In the meantime, wash the injury with soap and water and pat it dry. Antiseptic creams or ointments aren’t necessary, but you can apply a bandage to keep it clean. Make sure the bandage is loose enough to allow proper circulation, even if your toe or foot swells. Change the bandage and inspect the wound every day. If you notice any redness, swelling, pus, or feel warmth on any part of your foot, or if the wound does not heal in a reasonable amount of time, tell your doctor. If you have an infection, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic. Do not try over-the-counter antibiotic creams. They’re not strong enough to cure an infection in a diabetic foot.
If poor vision or mobility keep you from properly caring for the wound, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Remember, nerve damage can keep you from feeling pain in your feet. Just because a wound doesn’t hurt, that doesn’t mean it’s not serious.