Post # 1
About 2ish months ago I was pretty sure I had a small piece of glass in my foot (like 1/8-1/4 inch piece). I dug at it and dug at it, but I could never see anything and I finally gave up thinking it must just be sore.
Well, last night my foot started hurting inside pretty bad in the exact same place where that piece of imaginary glass was. It feels bruised on the inside and it’s really painful to walk on.
Should I call the foot dr, regular dr, go to the emergency room? I have NO CLUE how serious this could be, or if the glass just might push itself out on its own. (I also don’t really know who to ask!) However, I don’t think that’s a huge possibility since it’s on the top pads of my foot where I put a lot of pressure when I walk :/
Post # 3
I was always told foreign objects would make their way out on their own, but that sounds pretty bad and like it might be getting infected (which I don’t know if that’s possible since it’s been there so long.)
I do, however, have a personal story (surprise!). When I was in middle school (eons ago) I was running cross county and my foot fell into a hole. It hurt pretty bad but I thought I just twisted my ankle, got up and kept running. A few months later something else happened to the ankle where I had to go in and have an x-ray. That’s when they found that from the fall a few months back part of the bone on my ankle had actually broken off and was now just floating around in tissue. Unfortunately there was so much scar tissue at that point that removing it would have done more damage, so now I just have a bone floating around where it shouldn’t be. I don’t know if the same thing goes for glass but it may be too late.
EDIT: I would definitely go to the ER if I was you because they have all the equiptment necessary there if you need x-rays, etc.
Post # 4
I would make an appointment with a foot doc. tell them on the phone in detail the pains. Ask them if they would recommend the ER with a possible follow up to their office.
Post # 5
could be a nerve issue rather than something actually in your foot. I would make an app to get it checked out, just so you can find out what it is
Post # 6
That has happened to me, exactly as you describe — it may be the glass starting to work itself out. As long as it’s not red or hot to the touch, I do not think it’s infected. I’d call your regular dr, they can make the decision if you should try urgent care if you have that in your area, or if they’d prefer you go to the foot doc. I bet the regular doc can take care of it unless they are afraid it’s near a nerve or tendon (I don’t want to scare you, but they’ll probably have to cut it out if it doesn’t come out on its own)
Freaky story, I once had surgery and 10 years later, one of the blue plastic stitches worked itself out of my body. I was like, hey, what’s that? and as I’m scratching it I see blue, and…. yikes!
Post # 7
🙁 I’m sorry! The exact same thing happened to me a couple of years ago. I thought I stepped on something, I picked at my foot looking for it, I made a doctor go looking for it and then after finding nothing, months later it started killing me (not actually it just hurt a lot).
What ended up happening was that it was actually a planter’s wart that had started to grow, and because I thought I felt something pointy starting to form on my foot I thought it was the glass and picked at it even more making it worse. 🙁
What I would do is to avoid picking at or putting pressure on it (in case it really is glass) and go see your family doctor right away. I wouldn’t really suggest going to the E-room because chances are it would be more expensive for you and because its not a life-emergency I’m sure you would be stuck in there forever.
*look out mentioning something gross next*
They might even take a scalper and make a small incision just to make sure its nothing foreign, but if it is a planter’s wart they will try to freeze it.
I hope that helps and that you foot feels better soon! *hugs*
P.S. Mine was on my heel
Post # 8
Go see a doctor asap. How did the glass get in there? It depends how deep in your foot it is, if its in between the layers of outer skin surface it would blister and come out by itself but if its inside your actual flesh and not the skin, then it cant come out unless its removed. I would go to the doctor asap. Rather be safe…
Post # 9
Thank you all for your opinions, looks like I should prob call a doctor!
@blu77: Yeah, I don’t think it’s infected or anything, I can’t even see anything on the outside at all! It looks totally normal. Frustrating.
@bells: We broke something in the kitchen, I can’t remember what now, but I stepped in it and got several very small pieces in my foot. I thought I got them all, grrr. When I picked at it, it already felt like it was pretty deep. I didn’t pick at it until about 1-2 wks after it happened b/c it didn’t bother me til then.
Post # 10
@gocubbies: Doctor says like the best plan of action right now. If you can get your hands on some, I highly recommend having some watkins salve on hand. I’ve used it to draw out tiny fragments of glass from my feet from time to time because if it breaks, my feet are like magnets, they just suck the glass up =x
Always good to have drawing salves on hand for future accidents 😉
Post # 11
@Silentlove: I’ve never heard of that! What a good idea, I’ll use it all this weekend.
Dr. appt for Tuesday! Gah, this sucks, it’s getting worse, boo.
Post # 12
@Silentlove: I looked it up and there are 2 stores in my town that are supposed to carry their brand, hopefully they have it! Thank you again.