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How to Remove a Small Glass Splinter Located at the Bottom of Your Foot "The Easy Way"

Updated on July 15, 2014

We have all broken a glass in our homes at one time or another however some of us are unfortunate enough to step on a small sliver of the glass only to find it embedded in our foot. If you have a tiny glass splinter stuck in your foot you can go to the doctor to have it removed however if you would like to avoid a doctors trip over such a small injury you can follow these simple steps to try and remove the splinter on your own.

Step 1: Push the Glass to the Surface

Apply pressure to the area around the general area of the splinter without pinching too hard. The application of pressure around the splinter will help it migrate to the top of the skin so it is easier to remove.

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Step 2: Soak Your Foot

Prepare a small tub of hot water and Epsom salt. Dissolve the Epsom salt in the hot water and soak your feet for 20-30 minutes. The heat of the soak will cause the skin around the glass shard splinter to swell slightly and the Epsom salt will help draw out the splinter.

Step 2A: The Simple Way

The last time I had a glass shard stuck in my foot I went in this direction or "Step 2A".

If the glass is protruding enough for you to see it sterilize a pair of tweezers and gently try to remove the glass.

If the glass is not visible simply elevate your foot slightly and go to sleep. It is possible the glass will naturally find it's way out of your foot throughout the night aided by the help you have given it in the previous two steps.

What if???

  • If you feel no pain and cannot find the glass shard or are not sure if it came out or not do not worry, chances are the shard came out naturally. If the shard did happen to get pushed too far into your foot that you can't feel it don't worry, your body should be able to naturally absorb the glass.
  • If the glass splinter begins to look infected and you begin to worry do not hesitate to go to the doctor for more advanced care.


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