First Aid/Glass on foot

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injured foot
injured foot  

injured foot
injured foot  
Hi,

3 weeks ago, I stepped on a small piece of glass and tried removing those on the surface. I went to the hospital and was told that there was a tiny piece left inside my foot. I could either wait for the glass to be expelled out of my body or just leave it there. However, it appears that what was a small black dot at my wound area has now developed into a bigger black dot (a mould size). I can feel a hard lump too. Could you advise me if there is anything wrong? Thank you.

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Hello Esther,

what it appears you have is a small collection of blood under the skin (like a bruise or better described a "blood blister"). if it doesn't hurt or otherwise bother you it's probably nothing to be concerned about. (this is, of course judging from your photos and your report of the glass in your foot. You could try a warm towel on your foot or soaking your foot in warm water to promote better circulation and possibly removal of that trapped blood. if it becomes painful or iritating I'd have it looked at by your doctor.  

Get better soon,

Marc

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I am available to answer most questions related to: first aid, pre- hospital medicine, EMT and Paramedic questions, medical transport, critical care transport, ICU/CCU care, sedation, and medicine in general.

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I have worked as a NYS Paramedic since 1993 for both community based ambulance companies and large commercial agencies. I Have experience as bike team commander, and shift supervisor for a commercial ambulance. As a member of the Disaster team I was deployed to Louisiana for 20 days following hurricane Katrina. I worked along side the county Haz-Mat team as a "Tox-Medic" with advanced training in treating injuries from chemical agents. Besides my experience on the on the ambulance I have worked in a number of hospital based offices including dialysis and a sleep lab.

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I started my EMS career as a NYS CFR (Certified First Responder)in 1989, an EMT in 1991, a Paramedic since 1993, and a CCU transport paramedic since 2005. I currently hold certification as a: NYS Paramedic, Critical Care Transport Paramedic, ACLS/CPR/PALS certified. Advanced Haz-Mat Life Support certified (AHLS). In the past I have taught CPR and ACLS to my coworkers and the local community.

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