Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Slice of Life

Splinters are shards of glass, metal, wood, or other materials that get caught under the skin. Splinters should be removed so they don't cause an infection. Common causes of splinters in the foot include stepping on thorns, walking on rough wood decks or boardwalks, and accidentally stepping on broken glass. To remove a small splinter from the foot, soak the area for 10-15 minutes. Applying a bit of ice will numb the area. Using tweezers with ridges, grab the splinter as close to the skin as possible. Pull firmly at the same angle as it entered the foot. When finished, dab on rubbing alcohol to disinfect the area. Large or deep splinters should be removed by a podiatrist.

While its smart to know the basics or quick-action, short-term treatment for splinters and other foot injuries, it is crucial to a successful recovery to seek the services of a specialist trained in foot care as soon as possible following an injury. If you don't have a podiatrist at this time, you may want to include our telephone number in your list of numbers to keep handy by your phone. We offer complete foot care for the family. Office hours are by appointment, but emergencies are seen as promptly as possible.

HINT: Splinters are known medically as a soft tissue foreign body.

As seen in the Sun City, Sun City West and Surprise Independent Newspapers.

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