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Sweetie26's avatar

How do I get a splinter out of my foot?

Asked by Sweetie26 (371 points ) January 1st, 2010

I’ve tried tweezing it and that didn’t work. (it’s really in there) It’s a wooden splinter and it’s at the bottom of my foot. Anything else I can try? Thanks

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gailcalled's avatar

Soak in very warm water with some epsom salts. It may soften the tissue enough to try the tweezers again. Have you got someone to do it for you with a good light and a magnifying glass? It’s an awkward spot to work on yourself.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Knife! Happy digging :P

i would suggest the soaking too though as gail said.

DeanV's avatar

Just cut your foot off.

I have had some success with some drawing salve on the bottom of the foot when you go to sleep, though, if you’re squeamish about taking tweezers to your foot or are not too flexible.
Gail’s method is probably the best, however.

elizabethmae's avatar

Mix up some baking soda and water. Soak a washcloth in the mixture or just soak your foot in there. Allow it to it or soak for 10 minutes. Baking soda is made up of sodium bicarbonate. Sodium bicarbonate will cause the area where the splinter is to swell slightly. This swelling action will make it easier for the splinter to free itself as it too will swell and rise out of the wound. Once it’s more exposed you should be able to get at it. Good luck.

gailcalled's avatar

If I removed a splinter from the bottom of my foot, I’d need to be in traction for a week.

JLeslie's avatar

Is it a large splinter? Do you have to worry about it breaking?

bandit77's avatar

i use my teeth to remove splinters from my feet

AstroChuck's avatar

Get a little mouse to pull it out for you.

chyna's avatar

@bandit77 You’re pretty flexible to get your teeth on the bottom of your foot. :)

avvooooooo's avatar

You can get this at most drug stores. It pulls it out. Just ask for it, they tend to keep it behind the counter.

MagsRags's avatar

If the tip of the splinter is not completely buried, you can try putting elmer’s glue on the skin – wait til it’s dry and carefully peel it off. Sometimes the splinter will come with.

ubersiren's avatar

@MagsRags Oooh, I was going to say duct tape!

Rarebear's avatar

Leave it alone.

Esteban's avatar

a flashlight, a nail gun and a fifth of Wild Turkey

NadaNormal's avatar

@Esteban That may be why it’s there in the first place LOLLL

bandit77's avatar

an old timer i used to work with ( he was a carpenter ) he used to keep GARLIC in his tool box and when he would get a splinter he would rub garlic around it and then dab some elmers glue and that method worked well
ahhhh the many uses for garlic i love garlic yummy ! im in the mood for some garlicy texas toast now!

sammy8's avatar

you should use tweezers

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