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Glass In Foot
Glass in the foot: Depends on the location, when it happened, if it is painful (if not and it is clean we can leave well enough alone.) it would be advisable that if you are having discomfort or drainage that you ask for a podiatry referral. ...Read more
It can help, but...: Soaking can help to "draw" out the glass, but if it's too deep to see, I would suggest having a podiatrist check it. Removing any foreign body is best done with the right equipment. You want to make sure that you get all of it out so as to avoid an infection which can start from the small piece but spread to the entire body. ...Read more
Glass in foot: Glass is a bioinert material, which means that it doesn't provoke an inflammatory, foreign body response. A piece of glass has the potential to remain for years and years with no detrimental effects. Many other materials are similar and are intentionally put into the body to correct problems. Think of lens implants, artificial hips and artificial heart valves, to name a few. ...Read more
Maybe: If you stepped on glass and aren't sure if there is still a piece inside you should see a podiatrist. Most glass can be seen on an x-ray and can often be removed in the office without having to go to the operating room. If you have swelling, redness, pain and/or drainage these are signs of a possible piece of glass in your foot. ...Read more
There is a small piece of glass in my foot. Should I try to remove it myself or should I see a professional?
Foreign object: Depends, if you can see it or feel it near the surface it may be reasonable to attempt yourself. If unable to, recommend you see a professional as it is very difficult to find sometimes even with the advantages of radiographs, ultrasound and other guiding techniques. ...Read more
I have a piece of glass in my foot. I thought I removed it THREE or FOUR WEEKS ago, but today it started hurting and I checked, it's still there.
My one year old has a small splinter or small piece of glass in her foot and it hurts her every time she move it how can I get it out unpainfully?
See a doctor: If you has problem to remove, please see your doctor and he/she might can do that with proper tool ...Read more
One scenerio: Would be if it got enveloped by soft tissue. It may never be problematic. ...Read more
What are reasons why, if possible, can a piece of glass in ones foot never lead to any infection?
Yes: The body is able sometimes to "wall off" a foreign substance, such as glass, and it can then stay inside for many years without causing problems. However, without warning an infection can arise even many years or decades after. If you have a piece of glass in your foot its a good idea to have it removed. ...Read more
If I am: Understanding you correctly, it can. Sounds like you think you have glass in your foot. If so, see a foot doc. It is very hard for one to bend down and examine their own feet. Often, you end up doing"bathroom surgery" and make the problem worse. A foot doc should be able to help resolve your issue quickly and painlessly. ...Read more
I have a small cut from a bit of glass on my foot. From a picture frame inside. It's a little swallen. Is it anything to worry about.?
Yesterday, I got glass on my foot and it is slightly healed over and it is really deep inside, should I seek medical help. If so, will treatment hurt?
No Pain, No Stink.: Quite frankly, if the wound is slightly healed over, the time frame has be more than "yesterday". Having said that, foreign bodies can at times be easy to remove and also difficult. Your best bet is to see a surgeon that has experience in removing these things. In some instances, there will be a need to do some testing, ultra sound or x-rays, to help locate the depth and position of the glass. ...Read more
Dropped glass on my foot & a piece of it made a small puncture. Swollen vein & painful. Ice & elevated but goes back when I stand up. What do I do?
Will certainly occur with an injury. Ice early, elevation then warmth later.
The problem is that this presupposes that the injury Stopped occurring. If there is continuing injury, it's going to stay inflamed.
Infection OR a retained shard of glass will keep the area inflamed until it is treated.
Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health ...Read more
I stepped on a glass shard, and now hurts when I walk. Might there glass in my foot, or is just tender and swollen?
Katie - without: An exam how could we possibly know the answer to that? Either way, I would see a foot doc for help. ...Read more
Have a bump on foot hard and painful to the touch. How can if I have glass splinter in foot or if it is wart or something else?
Many possibilities: This sounds like a condition that will need to be diagnosed "in person" by a podiatrist. There are A LOT of things it COULD be. Have a local doctor take a look. ...Read more
My daughter has a small piece of glass in her foot. Now it's yellow where the glass is and red around that, hard & very raised. Go back to the ER again?
See your doctor: It sounds like antibiotics and removal of the offending piece of glass is in order. If your doctor does not feel comfortable treating this, most podiatrists can be of help in this matter. ...Read more
Bump on the side of my heel. I think it appeared aftr I got glass in my foot a few yrs ago. Now it hurts/is bigger/looks bruised. Doesn't seem infected?
I stepped on a piece of glass, cut my foot. Didn't go to the doc. Had td shot. Low grade fever, swollen lymph node under arm past week. What's wrong?
Mixed message: You describe a weird situation. Is the cut on the foot red, hot, swollen, tender and getting worse? No lymph nodes in the groin? Are you coughing, nauseated, burning on urination...Etc.? A foot wound should have local nodes involved. You may have a virus, or something else going on besides the healing foot cut. If you are not getting better, a doc visit is probably a good idea to sort this out. ...Read more
Go to an ER: They should be able to mark it and remove using ultrasound. Make sure your tetanus is up to date and ask about antibiotics. All the best. ...Read more
What to do if I have a glass sliver in my foot, I need some black salve but not sure where to buy it, does riteaid sell it, or cvs?
Glass: You need to see your podiatrist to have it removed. That's the right thing to do. ...Read more
Glass: Take her to a podiatrist to have the glass removed. ...Read more
See your PCP: Splinters can be left alone if they show no signs of inflammation & they will work their way out over time. If they are deep to the dermal junction, they may be anchored & expose deep skin to infection so extraction will be necessary. Most primary care providers have experience with brief extraction procedures that may include use of a local anesthetic. ...Read more
Should a wound from a piece of glass on bottom of foot need stitches if it has been bleeding for 3 + hours?
Hard to say: Without examining the wound it is hard to say. As a rule they are seldom used on the bottom of the foot because of their tendency to become infected. The flow of blood can be reduced by using a pressure bandage over the site. Frequent cleaning and monitoring of the site should be sufficient and the bleeding should stop. If not, seek an evaluation. ...Read more
Got small piece (s) of glass in bottom of foot. Soaking in epsom now. Any chance (at all) that glass could somehow go up into bloodstream? What 2 do?
Glass in foot: There is near zero chance that the glass could get into your blood stream; even a small chip is way too big. The problems you commonly see is that you may get an infection where the glass cut your skin (this will hurt), or the area may not heal properly with the glass (depending on where it is and how deep). If it is not hurting, it can be safe to just wait. Your body will slowly try to extrude it. ...Read more
It's has been about 2 months now and I still have this visible deformity on the side of my toe. What could it be? A glass bowl hit my foot really hard
A broken: Toe for one thing. Go see the foot doc and have it xrayed. ...Read more
Hi I had a piece of glass removed from my foot that required 7 stitches. Every time I walk my foot swells and it has been just over 3 weeks. Any idea?
Rest the foot.: It sounds as though you are not allowing the foot to heal completely - it is probably still inflamed (not infected necessarily if it doesn't hurt, have redness, warmth or pus.) inflammation is caused by the release of certain biochemicals at the site of an injury, and if inflammation is not treated, it becomes cyclic. Rest, ice, compression and elevation should help. Also an anti-inflamatory drug. ...Read more