Stuck by a thorn - swelling

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  1. PatrickGSR94 Barefooters
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    Found some forest trails near my house, so took my son along them this evening. Not a minute after we started down the trail, I stepped on a stick with a thorn sticking straight up. It punctured straight into my right foot along the outer edge, right at the base of the 5th metatarsal where the bone makes a slight bump along the edge of the foot.

    Well instead of going right home, we kept on going through the woods and through the park. It bled a little bit after I pulled the thorn out, but stopped pretty quickly. After that, though, I noticed some red swelling around the area.

    I do not believe there are any pieces of the thorn embedded in the skin. It doesn't feel like there's anything foreign in there. I just feel kind of a dull soreness right now if I press on the area.

    After returning home I cleaned the area with rubbing alcohol, poured some hydrogen peroxide over it, put a bandage with Neosporin ointment on it, and then tried placing a bag of crushed ice around it for awhile while lying on the couch with my foot elevated. Hasn't seemed to help much as there's still some swelling.

    Is there something I can do to take care of this or will I need to see a doctor?

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  2. Dr. Gangemi_SockDoc Barefooters

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    None of us docs would tell you NOT to go see a doctor, since you're not actually a patient. So use your best judgement. You don't run off to the doc for a hangnail, but a hangnail that gets infected and your finger starts rotting, well, you get the idea...

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  3. PatrickGSR94 Barefooters
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    Yeah this evening it seems to be a *little* bit better, but I can still feel the swelled area when standing (like something is stuck to the bottom of my foot) and there still a slight dull ache if pressure is applied around the area. It definitely doesn't look as swelled up as last night.

    I guess I'll just wait and make sure it doesn't get worse, and maybe see a doc next week if it's not completely better. Just curious, should I see my regular doc about this or a podiatrist? I guess a thorn stick really isn't foot-specific, but it is in the foot area, so.... ?

    *edit* anything you would suggest to help reduce the swelling? Thanks for looking, Doc. :)

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    It sounds like there's something still in there, even a little-bitty something you can't see or feel by touch. I would see the podiatrist, only because they are more specific with the foot, but I guess it really doesn't matter in this case.

    Sorry, Dr. G., I had such an urge to answer. ;)

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  5. Dr. Gangemi_SockDoc Barefooters

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    I use tea tree oil - great natural anti-septic.

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  6. Dr. Nirenberg Barefooters

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    The thorn is in your foot or part of it is. I would soak a lot in warm water and Epsom salts, and start some antibiotics, as it is looking infected. Add Betadine to the Epsom Salts.

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  7. PatrickGSR94 Barefooters
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    Thanks for the suggestions, but it's pretty much healed up now. All swelling and redness are gone, and it does not feel like there's anything foreign under the skin when I apply pressure to the area.

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