You may notice a while after you stepped on the foreign object pain, swelling, infection, irritation, or discomfort. Many of these objects can be removed by yourself at home- but be wary of botched bathroom surgeries! If you are a diabetic and believe that you have a foreign object in your foot, call a podiatrist immediately. Do not try to remove this on your own, as the diabetic foot needs special and extra attention.
Here are some tips to remove a foreign object on your own:
- Soak your foot in warm water to soften the foot.
- Make sure your hands are clean and dry your foot.
- Place fingers on either side of the splinter (if you can see it or know where it entered) and gently squeeze the object out.
- If the object won't come out on its own, disinfect a pair of tweezers with rubbing alcohol, let them dry, and grasp the end of the object. Pull in the direction the object entered. If the object is firmly embedded in your skin, with no entrance or exit visible, do not attempt this.
If you believe you have a foreign object in your foot and cannot remove it yourself, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.
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