Dr. Jeffrey Kleis
Ahmad Farah, DPM
Removing tiny glass fragments from the plantar (bottom) soft tissue of your foot needs to be performed delicately and ASAP. This procedure can be relatively easy or difficult depending on how deep the glass shard is located and how quickly you report to your podiatrist. Typically, X-rays are not able to differentiate glass from soft tissue because the densities of both are so similar. One key element to locating the glass is to know how to do the least cutting when removing this foreign body. It is prudent to remove the glass immediately, before it migrates deeper into the foot.
Also note that you need to avoid the risk of infection as soon as possible. Soft tissue infections are usually treated easily with antibiotics, whereas bone infections (may occur if treatment is delayed for too long) are often only resolvable by removing the infected bone (partial amputation).
If you have glass in your foot, then you need to get this looked at as soon as possible. Podiatrists are foot experts. Orthopedic Surgeons trained in foot surgery are also excellent choices. Other allied clinicians may be of assistance as well.