(Closed) I Think I Have Old Glass In My Foot — What should I do?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Buzzing bee

🙁 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.

*okay done*

I hope that helps and that you foot feels better soon! *hugs*

P.S. Mine was on my heel

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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 # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@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 😉

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