When it's finally nice outside, we like to wear sandals and be barefoot while we can! This puts our feet at a higher risk of stepping on something that can penetrate the skin - we call these foreign bodies. A foreign body can be glass, wood, metal or even dog or cat hair! If you think or know you stepped on something, there are a few things to keep in mind.
1. If you can see it, try to remove it with clean tweezers. If you manage to pull out that piece of glass, wood, etc. keep an eye on this area and keep it clean and covered for a few days (hold off on barefoot/sandals). If you a) are unable to remove the piece of ___ or b) you notice redness or drainage after you tried to remove it, make an appointment to have this assessed. You may have a remaining piece of the foreign body in the foot or you may be developing an infection.
2. If you can't see it, but you can feel it, try to soak the foot in luke warm water and epsom salts to draw the foreign body out. Refer to #1 if this does indeed bring the foreign body to the surface.
3. If you have tried soaking, but still have pain or develop redness or swelling or drainage, see your podiatrist as soon as you can. Some foreign bodies migrate farther into the foot and performing surgery in your bedroom/bathroom to dig it out is never recommended! Foreign bodies can sometimes remain in the foot and cause little issue while others can be source of repeated infection.
Watch your step and don't hesitate to call us if you need help with your foreign body!