An object embedded in your foot

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Foot pain can sometimes be caused by an object embedded in the foot. It may therefore be worth considering whether you have stepped on something sharp with bare feet and examining your foot for a wound.

If a small object, such as a splinter or thorn, is lodged in your skin, it’s usually safe to remove it yourself. Wash your hands and clean the area first, and use tweezers if they help. Your pain should start to improve once the object has been removed.

If the object is more deeply embedded, don’t try to remove it yourself. Seek medical help as soon as possible.

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Self referrals

You can self-refer into community physiotherapy services. Simply call 0207 871 0545 to make an appointment. Your initial contact with one of our chartered physiotherapists may be over the phone, where you will either be given advice on appropriate treatment, or a face-to-face consultation will be arranged.

Should you wish to speak to your GP first, simply make an appointment with your local practice. If your GP refers you, one of our patient care advisers will contact you within 48 hours to arrange an appointment.

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