Post # 1
so about a week ago I broke a glass dish in the kitchen. Cleaned it all up, no biggie. Well last night I was making dinner and I must have missed a tiny piece of glass and stepped on it. I didn’t even realize it right away but as I kept walking around I could feel some pain if I stepped a certain way. I can’t see it and I tried for about an hour with tweezers without any luck. Has this every happened to anyone? And home remedies to get it out? I read online about a baking soda paste.. I may try that. I am also going to message my doctor today. Is this something your GP would take care of? It only hurts when I step a certain way but I need it out! Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
Not glass, but I got a splinter that was too big and deep to extract without making an incision (sorry this is gross!) I don’t know if you’re based in the US but I just went to urgent care as a walk-in, they were able to cut it out easily and it healed fine.
Post # 3
glitterati : cut it out? Oh my. Was it painful? Did they numb the area in some kind of way?
Post # 4
ohdarling : I had glass stuck in my finger for about 10 years. I had a little lump on the thumb, it was only painful if I pushed on it a certain way and I dont remember getting glass in there so I assumed it was a little cyst and didn’t think much of it. (kinda graphic, skip this part if you’re squeamish) Eventually it started to look like a wart, so thinking it was a super old wart, I used at home removal kits and kept getting little roots out of it. After about 3 months, I could see something in there so I pressed down on the sides of the wound and a shard of glass popped out. It was so weird lol.
Since you know what it is, I would go to your GP. They will either be able to pull it out, or will tell you what to put on it.
Post # 5
I would go to your GP or urgent care as soon as possible. Things like that can become infected and become more deeply embedded over time.
I had a similar situation where I broke a glass pendant on my bathroom. Cleaned it up, then stepped on a piece and had to dig it out. Thankfully, I was able to get it after 20 minutes or so. That’s pretty miserable though.
Post # 6
Have you tried soaking in warm water to soften the skin? Don’t try to remove it yourself if you cannot see it as you may cause scarring/infection.
Post # 7
Soak your foot in a hot bath and then it should come out or you should be able to get it out with tweezers.
My boyfriend got a piece of tile in his foot when we were renovating and I kept telling him to do this for days and he didn’t believe me, then he finally did it and it came right out.
Post # 8
How up to date is your TDaP? If it’s been more than 10 years I’d suggest going to the doctor and getting it removed and also getting an update on your tetanus vaccine. Just in case. Clean glass is pretty safe tetanus wise, but it’s on the bottom of your foot which means you’re walking on it and it’s exposed to a lot of stuff.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
I recently had the same thing happen to me (dropped glass, cleaned it up, and still got glass in my foot a couple days later)! I couldn’t get it by myself and had my husband help. I soaked my foot in the bath tub and my husband was eventually able to pull it out after a few tries.
If my husband wasn’t able to get it out, I was definitely going to go to urgent care. Good luck!
Post # 10
Ouch…i hope you get the piece of glass out of your foot – if you can’t definitely make a trip to urgent care. Good luck!
Post # 11
Ugh, I recently had this happen to me. I used a hot water compress to soften the skin and made a paste of baking soda as suggested here https://startsat60.com/discover/lifestyle/tips/life-hack-remove-glass-from-your-hand-or-foot-easily
it took doing this for about 3 days before I could finally pull the little piece out.
Post # 12
I had a large shard of glass go into my foot as a teen and I couldn’t get it out. I walked on it and made it go even deeper by accident, the following day I went to the doctor and he cut it out with a scalpel. I didn’t feel a thing and it didn’t hurt afterwards either.
Post # 13
partyof2 : i did this and it worked!!
Update!! The glass is out! I had an appointment for this morning (soonest they could see me and I really didn’t want to spend my entire day waiting to be seen at urgent care). Last night I made the baking soda paste (baking soda and water) and put it on the area, covered with a bandaid and a sock to avoid getting my bed messy. Well I just went to check on it and when I peeled off the bandaid I could actually see the tip of the glass poking out of the surface. I was able to use tweezers to pull it out. I’m so relieved and surprised that the paste actually worked! I couldn’t see it at all yesterday! Thank you so much for all your replies
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle
This happened to me before. My GP had it out in like 2 seconds.
ETA just saw your update… never heard about the baking soda trick that’s awesome!