Dr. Troy Madsen explains why broken glass in the foot warrants a trip to urgent care—or even the ER—and how emergency physicians will likely treat the injury.">

Dec 19, 2017 — Whether it's a Christmas ornament or another kind of glass, stepping on broken glass is painful. On today's Health Minute, emergency physician Dr. Troy Madsen explains why broken glass in the foot warrants a trip to urgent care—or even the ER—and how emergency physicians will likely treat the injury.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Today on ER or Not, you step on a glass Christmas ornament. Dr. Troy Madsen, is that a reason to go to the ER or not?

Dr. Madsen: Well, this is something, whether it's from an ornament or just some glass that broke, that you step on, you could go to an urgent care for it. If one's not available, go to an ER. But you're going to want to get medical attention fairly soon for this. The big concern with glass, whether an ornament or something else, is that glass getting stuck in the foot, pieces of it breaking off, causing problems with nerves, with blood vessels, potential infection risk.

So in the ER, we're going to open that wound up, wash it out really well, likely get an x-ray to look for glass in the wound itself. Once we're confident all the glass is out, we'll sew it up. So if you happen to have this happen to you, get to an ER. Make sure you do it the same day. Get things checked out and taken care of.

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