Do metal splinters come out on their own?
April 3, 2006 6:16 AM Subscribe
Got a splinter (actually a metal whisker) in the sole of my foot. Can't get a hold of it without some significant flesh excavation. Will it get expelled eventually, or do I need medical attention?
posted by de void to health & fitness (24 answers total)
About 3 days ago I was walking around barefoot and got that distinct "something is sticking in my foot twinge". Close inspection revealed a tiny metal whisker sticking out of my foot.
I grabbed it with a pair of tweezers and pulled. It started to come out, but then I feld a distinct "click" and only the portion actually grabbed by the tweezers came out. An hours worth of probing and digging with a needle and a knife point (both first wiped with rubbing alcohol) didn't expose any more of the whisker and was starting to produce plenty of blood.
So, here I am 3 days later. I know something is in there because I still feel that twinge constantly and a slight bit of pain when weighting that area. I can still walk fine, it's more annoying than anything else at this point.
Does something like this work itself out eventually or should I seek professional medial attention?