A painful foot will result from stepping on glass. But should you see your podiatrist? Let's talk about this injury and how to deal with the situation.
A glass breaks when you drop it, and as you rush to clean it up, you step on a shard. You have to get that glass out of your foot, no matter how big or little, but you're not sure precisely how to do it. Here are the steps you need to follow in order to securely remove glass from your foot. Or how to treat a child's or a loved one's foot after they stepped on glass.
Get The Glass Out First
Stepping on shattered glass may be terribly painful, so you might not be able to think straight after your mishap. So getting up and moving is the first thing to do. Where you can, take a seat to prevent aggravating the injuries. This action is crucial because if you continue to stand, you risk pushing the glass farther into your foot. It's time to assess your circumstances once you are someplace secure.
After stepping on glass, you should ask yourself these questions.
If the initial response was “yes,” apply pressure to the wound to attempt to stop the bleeding. Use a firm compress on a minor cut for best results. Put pressure on the wound and see if it stops bleeding. If the cut is bigger or pressure is ineffective, pause and take a deep breath. Until you can visit your doctor, you may need to bandage the wound.
Once the bleeding has subsided or reduced, it may be tempting to try and remove the glass by yourself. But don't do it. Instead, go to the following step on how to remove glass from your foot.
Don't Try To Remove Embedded Glass On Your Own
The internet contains a ton of advice about getting glass out of your foot, just as it does for everything else. Some folks advise soaking the injury in baking soda. Some claim that vinegar or even honey may be beneficial. You're absolutely correct if you believe such ideas seem weird!
Ultimately, as glass slashes into your foot, it tears apart your flesh. And it raises your chance of developing a foot infection! The last thing you want to do is put anything unusual into an open wound because of this.
What's more? These DIY solutions are unlikely to help you remove glass from your foot. But they are probably going to cause an infection, acid burns, or other issues. That glass won't, however, come out on its own. So what's your plan of action?
Visit A Podiatrist For Safe And Reliable Treatment Of Foot Injuries
The thing to keep in mind with glass shards is that even if you are certain that you have stepped on a single huge piece, you might very well be mistaken. It's simple to overlook the minute shards that fell off and went deep beneath your skin.
Now, embedded shards could be hidden from view in your sight. But it doesn't imply that if they remain beneath your skin, they won't harm your foot any more.
This is why stepping on glass should send you straight to the podiatrist. It is almost difficult to inspect the bottom of your own foot, not even if you are a doctor yourself. The human body isn't really built to bend and twist in that manner. I advise my diabetic patients to get help with their daily foot exams because of this. And this is the reason why everyone who steps on glass has to consult a podiatrist.
I can examine the bottom of your foot up close since I'm your podiatrist. I'm equipped with the right lighting and medical magnification devices. And I may make use of them to ensure that every last piece of glass is removed from your foot.
If I discover a shard of glass embedded in your foot, I'll use the sterile instruments I keep in my office to remove it. Additionally, they may remove the shard without suffering undue discomfort or infection risk.
Getting To The Clinic After An Injury
Of course, it might be difficult to walk or drive oneself to the podiatrist when you have glass in your foot. So what can you do if you can't obtain an immediate appointment with your doctor? Call a friend or, if required, an ambulance if you are bleeding profusely and need help getting to an emergency room.
If you have a little time, consider giving your injured foot a five- to ten-minute bath in warm, salty water. This will clean your wound and stop germs from getting into the open wound.
After soaking, try to avoid putting any pressure on the injured foot. Walking on the wound, as I previously said, might force the glass further into your flesh. This will make it more challenging for your doctor to remove them in the future. This could mean that you have to limp, not wear shoes, or even use crutches for a while. There is no one answer that will satisfy everyone. Instead, you'll decide based on where your cut is and how soon you can see your podiatrist.
Wound Care Following Glass Removal
Your doctor will most likely clean the incision again once all the glass has been properly removed. He or she could advise bandaging the area for secure healing, depending on the extent of the incision. All that is left to do at this point is adhere to your doctor's recommendations. (Keeping your cut clean will be crucial for optimum healing.) Of course, the next time, remember to maintain a firm hold on your cup or plate!
Contact Dr. Ejodamen Shobowale of DeNiel Foot and Ankle Center if you stepped on glass and are unsure of how to remove the glass from your foot. We can provide a quick appointment. She will almost always be able to remove the glass from your foot in the clinic. You may need to visit the operating room for a minor surgery to remove the glass if it is very deep. However, the procedure will be straightforward, and recuperation should be uncomplicated. Therefore, don't be hesitant to drop by; we'll take care of you.