How to get glass out of your foot if you can't see It

Updated April 17, 2017

Broken glass often shatters into lots of tiny little pieces, some of which can be so small they are missed during the clean up process. If you accidentally stand on a piece of broken glass with no shoes on, it may become stuck in your foot. A tiny sliver of glass can be difficult to remove because it is clear and not as easy to identify as a wooden splinter. If you take your time and have the right equipment to hand, you should be able to get the glass out of your foot without experiencing any discomfort.

Wash your hands with antibacterial soap. Wash the affected foot and gently pat it dry with a clean, soft towel. If you have blood on your foot, remove it with a cotton wool pad soaked in warm water. Take care not to rub your foot too vigorously as this could cause the piece of glass to move suddenly and harm your skin.

Soak tweezers and a needle in a bowl of rubbing alcohol for at least 10 minutes. Sit comfortably on a couch or bed with your legs flat in front of you. Place the affected foot on the knee of the opposite leg, with the sole facing you.

Inspect the area of your foot where you believe the piece of glass to be. The glass may sparkle, which will draw your attention to it. There may be an obvious wound, indicating that the piece of glass is right beneath it.

Roll the needle flat across the wound. If this causes you pain, the piece of glass is likely to be protruding though the skin. Examine the wound from all angles to try to spot the sliver. Pull the glass out with the tweezers as soon as you find it.

Cut a piece of duct tape and stick it smoothly over the affected area of the foot. Remove it in one fast motion and examine the sticky side for the piece of glass.

Apply a very thin layer of white PVA glue to the affected area. Leave it to dry for a few minutes. Peel the dried glue off and examine the layer for the piece of glass.

Moisten a cotton wool pad with hydrogen peroxide and rub it over the affected area. Pierce the wound very lightly with the needle, ensuring you don't insert the needle deeply. Open the skin enough to look for the piece of glass under the surface of the skin. Use a magnifying glass to help you locate it. Pull the sliver of glass out with tweezers. Rub the wound site with antibiotic ointment. Cover it with a bandage to keep dirt and bacteria out and allow it to heal.


If your foot won't stop bleeding, you are in extreme pain or have tried every method and still cannot remove the piece of glass, seek immediate medical attention.

Things You'll Need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Clean, soft towel
  • Tweezers
  • Needle
  • Small bowl
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Duct tape
  • White PVA glue
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Magnifying glass
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Bandage
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About the Author

C. Giles is a writer with an MA (Hons) in English literature and a post-graduate diploma in law. Her work has been published in several publications, both online and offline, including "The Herald," "The Big Issue" and "Daily Record."