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Embedded splinter in foot

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ckmelb

I think I had a splinter on the bottom of my foot that's somehow gone unnoticed and now a callous of hard skin has grown over it.

 

Should I go to a GP or is this more a podiatrist situation?

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cvbn

Does it bother you?

 

I handle a lot of wood and get frequent splinters. The odd one has never come out. It hasn't bothered me and some have 'dissolved' or disappeared.

 

Of course seek medical opinion if it is bothering you. :yes:

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Chazonator

You could see the doc and ask for an ultrasound on it just to see if there's a foreign body there? Then you can move forward with having it properly removed by the doc

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Sancti-claws

If it has formed a callous over it, it can cause long term problems.

 

Do you go to a podiatrist anyway?

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BadCat

Honestly, I just get a needle and dig them out.

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Bono25

My dad always got metal splinter, mum used to dig them out. You could try it, but if it's in a really sensitive spot, anesthetic might be a good idea

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born.a.girl

I developed what seemed like a wart like lump over what I knew was a splinter, so used wart lotion on the 'wart'. When that came out the splinter was right there ready to be removed.

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Dianalynch

your chemist will have splinter removal creams you could try

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Smoo

try soaking it in hot water - i find that frequently helps bring splinters closer to the surface

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SkeptiHandsOnMum

I was going to suggest good old Magnoplasm (draws splinters out - so rewarding to find the splinter on the band aid the next morning!), but if it has a callous over it, there may be a need for a "pathway" out.

 

Myself, I could not help myself but to dig.

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Chaotic Pogo

If you have PHI I’d go to the podiatrist and get them to tidy up the calloused bits, and see if you can then get the splinter out in any of the ways mentioned by PP.

a GP will have far less practice in taking callouses off feet!

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FuzzyChocolateToes

What makes you think there is a splinter there? Is it painful? I get calluses under my foot that look a bit like a splinter. They don't hurt though. A podiatrist will be able to help.

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Lifesgood

I had the same thing once and went to the GP who just took a scalpel to it and removed the splinter - which was actually a metal splinter. It was painless and over in no time.

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Cranky Old Woman

Plantar wart?

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ckmelb

Thanks for all th suggestions. I may try the callous removal cream and book in to see a podiatrist

 

Basically the skin is hard on a spot that isn't usually dry and it feels like there could be something in there. I did have a bit of a dig with tweezers but I think it might need a bit more effort

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Soontobegran

A good old 23 gauge needle ( sterile ) does the trick.....every time.

A dig around to make an exit point and then a soak in hot water or some Magnoplasm and watch that sucker swim out.

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Sancti-claws

For something less ingrained, my mum used to always use a honey and flour poultice - I do the same with my kids (and they have the same request that we probably have, wanting a little to taste as well)

 

It seems to work, but more with prickles and fresh splinters you cannot find.

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