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I have a broken sewing needle in my foot for two weeks,still experiencing a throbbing pain

I had a X-ray done to confirm that there is a broken sewing needle in my foot. There was, between the toes, slanting downwards. An antibiotic was prescribed-Keflex and recommendations of soaking the foot in warm water and was informed that it might come out on its own. Im finished with the antibiotics, there is less puffiness of the toes , soak my foot in warm water with epsom salts. Im still experiencing some throbbing but not constant, (Im on my feet for 8-12 hrs I work in an emergency room) and there is a black-bluish lump now. Should I be worried. The staff physicians suggest to really think it over in having it dug out and I should try to live with it.



Up to this point you have not really gotten very good advice. If the sewing needle is lodged in the foot there is almost no way it is coming out on its own.
You can soak your foot for a year and the only way the needle will come out by soaking is if it is partially exposed. If it is partially exposed, it can be removed manually.
So what are your options?
Depending on how big the embedded piece of needle happens to be, they have been known to burrow backwards and deeper into the tissue (more so than coming out) and in many cases if they burrow deep enough and are not hitting any structures like a tendon or nerve, there is a good chance they could stop hurting.
The other option of course is to have it removed. Depending on the experience of
the doctor dealing with the problem, sometimes they can be removed in a setting like an Emergency Room , but more than likely will have to be removed in the operating room.
You know the old saying "its like looking for a needle in a haystack".... well sometimes removing a needle can be almost as difficult.
Many times just opening up the original entry site where the needle initially penetrated and then lightly probing the area, the needle can be "felt" and removed.
However, if that does not end up being the case with you, the needle can be identified under ultrasound and then usually removed.
Of course, I have not seen your x-ray, nor do I know how long the needle is, but if the needle is angled, more than likely if it were to get pushed back, it would probably hit one of the toe bones or perhaps the head of the metatarsal and this would prevent it from being pushed even further back.
The fact of the matter is if the needle hurts then it has to be removed; it is just that simple.
One caveat. You mention the area has a black and blue lump. If that lump is in the spot where the needle entered the foot, then you might be developing a sterile abscess which is the bodies way of walling off the needle (foreign body). The good news here is that if indeed you have developed an abscess, have a doctor carefully open it up, because in many instances the head of the needle will be sitting there and can be easily removed.

Marc Mitnick DPM

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Jun 24, 2019
Needle stuck in my heel
by: Anonymous

So yesterday night I stepped on a needle in my room and found less than half of it on the floor. I took a step and it hurt like hell, but my friend told me it was probably just the impact of the needle hitting my foot, so I slept and this morning it still hurt. Walking on ot was like walking with a blister kinda feeling, and it took research to decide I needed to go to the hospital. So I told my mom and she and my friend both looked at it, and mom took me to the hospital, where they took an x-ray and found a needle there. My options were to leave it in and maybe ot will come out, or to get it removed. I opted to remove it, what they did was they numbed my foot twice, but by the second time I couldn't feel the needle going in, and then they "cored" the needle out I guess you could say. So, I currently have a small hole in the heel of my foot and I can't walk on it for 72 hours, I have to keep it propped up, and I cant shower because I cant get water on or in it. Doctor said it should take 3-4 weeks for it to heel completely.

Dec 29, 2017
Needle stick
by: Donna

4 weeks ago, a sewing needle broke off in my foot twice, I thought I got it out, but after a week of excruciating pain, swelling and several doctors visits, lots of antibiotics, tetanus shot, realized something might be seriously stuck in there, my doctor finally sent me for a scan, which radiologist was quite concerned with pain and swelling and then did and ex ray , 20mm needle still stuck in there and lodged up near bone. I was sent straight to ER, admitted and a orthopedic surgeon removed it under a general. 2 week after surgery, intravenous antibiotics and then capsules for 3 weeks, I am still in pain and swelling is still there, any ideas why it would be swelling ?? It is very hot where we are.

Assuming the incision is not too large (that could cause extended pain and swelling), I would be concerned about a possible bone infection.
My best advice, go back to your surgeon.
Marc Mitnick DPM

Aug 27, 2017
Help for pain
by: Anonymous

Because the tip of the needle is so far up my foot, doctors weren't able to remove it so they have to operate on my foot. They said my operation is low priority so it could take a while for me to be operated on. My foot is swelling a bit and it really hurts when I move it, I can barely walk on it. does anyone have any tips on how to reduce the pain?

Stay non-weightbearing and ask your doctor for pain medication.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Aug 23, 2017
Recovery time
by: Sara

I stood on a needle 2 days ago and it went straight up into my foot. I've tried waiting it out to see if I'll be ok but the pain is getting worse. I'm just wondering how long the recovery would be if I got it surgically removed.
It depends how deep it is. If the end is just beneath the skin, it should not be a big issue at all. There should be no down time.
Continuing to walk on it runs the risk of pushing it deeper into your foot.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jul 23, 2017
Needle in foot
by: Carla

I had a needle in my foot and had to get it surgically removed. You don't want it to get infected at all. The emergency room will not remove it because they don't know what they are doing unlike a orthopedic.

Apr 25, 2017
Tip of sewing needle stuck in big toe
by: Bailey

I have the tip of a sewing needle stuck in my big toe and I have constant pains feeling as if I've been stabbed by the needle but 10 times worse. The area of insertion has gone a bit white and I struggle to walk on that foot. It also feels like I've been stabbed in every single area of my toe. My mum says that it will be easily pulled out but what if it is to be stuck as if it has been locked in a box never to come out

You need to see a doctor.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Dec 25, 2016
Needle in fit for 40 years
by: judy

I stepped on a needle when I was 20 but never found it. When I was 40 a doctor found it on X-ray when I had a sprained ankle. He said it was encapsulated and he advised leaving it. Now I am 61 and it's difficult to walk because the foot with the needle in it always is sore when I walk. Guess what? It migrated and has now penetrated into my heel bone. I am going to ask the current podiatrist to remove it - should be pretty easy to locate now!! I have had fibromyalgia for about 5 years and I am now wondering if this is the cause. If he says no I am getting a second opinion. I cannot be in a choir, I can't walk farther than into a grocery store without pain. I advise anyone who has a foreign body in their foot to insist it get removed.
Depending on the size of the needle, it may actually be difficult to remove, but having said that, if it is causing you too much pain, then it should be removed.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Aug 02, 2016
Hidden threat 're sewing needles!
by: Nora

Just in process of recovery (hopefully) after stepping onto a very fine sewing needle. Didn,t discover until 4 days after it stuck into my foot causing horrible and immediate pain, the remnants of the needle, in the carpet. Not a large piece, say half inch. It went into foot near instep, just below big toe joint.

Luckily at my local walk in centre, an excellent doctor came on duty and after viewing the xray decided to do something about it there and then.

Freezing the foot took 10mins, he then carefully made a small incision and managed to retrieve, what he said was all except the last fragment, fearing maybe too close to nerve are. So ,could be , at later date further localised, anaesthetic surgery maybe necessary. Penicillin 4 times a day for a week, good dry dressing for 3 days, a visit to my own g.p. and triage nurse who dressed it in lighterdressing, with some for me to carry on with, and the wound is healing well.
A week after treatment, today, after my first day venturing out and about, my last penicillin capsule swallowed, I feel so much better. Today my walk in centre phoned about my progress. I now have a number to contact if more treatment is needed.
DON,T ignore the problem. The minor surgery was easily coped by me at my age of 75, just need to follow after care instructions and keep foot elevated when sitting. I used stick to walk about the house so keeping pressure of the wound where

Jun 09, 2016
needle stuck in heel no exit
by: barbara

Just wondering if I should I have foot surgery

If it hurts, yes, if you are worried about it getting infected, yes, again.

Marc Mitnick DPM

May 12, 2016
Stepped on a sewing machine needle
by: Anonymous

A few years ago I stepped on a sewing machine needle and thought it was just a stone bruise because it's swole up but you could not see a place where the needle went in. About four days later I started getting a red line up my foot and up my leg about 24 hours later my tongue started swelling and I had a hard time speaking and was running a fever. I lived in a small town and the hospital with a good ways from me. Luckily my son had good eyes and could see something down in the bottom of my foot they lanced it open and took out the sewing machine needle that was broken into pieces, I'm very grateful they did because the infection started getting better but then about two days later it started getting worse again. I was told anytime that you have a puncture wound and it does not bleed that is not good. I ended up in the ER they gave me antibiotics and a tetanus shot and I started getting better they diagnosed me with something called cellulitis because the sewing machine needle I stepped on was full of bacteria.


This is a perfect example of how sometimes a simple trauma to the foot can turn into a serious medical problem. Thank you for your comment.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Dec 22, 2015
Needle in foot
by: Lindsay

I accidentally stepped on a needle, thought nothing of it and then a week later but toe became swollen. I went to the ER and the doctor gave me antibiotics and I was told not to go through with surgery unless it was causing me a lot of pain. Right now I have a hard soled shoe which makes walking very easy and incredibly unfashionable... But hey I can walk. I don't want to go through surgery and I feel the needle is almost coming to a peak under my skin so I can only pray that the needle makes it way out of my body on its own.

The needle will probably not make its way out of your foot, but what might happen is that since it is a foreign body, it will form an abscess (large pimple like structure). By incising into the abscess, pus will come out and in most instances the needle will be visible and easily removed.

I am not sure you have been given the best advice in the E.R. Sure, walking around in the surgical shoe that they gave you makes it feel better, but what is the end game strategy? Are you supposed to wear the shoe the rest of your life?

Even if the needle is not exposed but is just under the skin, removing it is not a big deal. A little local anesthesia, a tiny incision, and the needle is out.

I would suggest you see a podiatrist in your area. BTW, you did not mention if you had a tetanus shot or not; one would be a good idea.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Oct 05, 2015
full needle broken in half in arch of my foor
by: Anonymous

Just had an xray today for pain in heel had it for 8 months. Just discovered I have a whole needle but broken in half in my foot . I stood on a needle when I was about 8 I am now 49 and havnt had any bother. I am going for an ultrasound scan to see after all these years if the area around the needle has become inflamed due to it maybe moving.

May 08, 2015
Broken needle in my foot
by: Anonymous

Nine weeks ago I had a broken needle lodged in my foot which I had surgically removed. The wound took four weeks to heal and while the bottom of my foot is just about back to normal (apart from a slightly sensitive area where the cut was at it's deepest - .98 cm) the top of my foot is causing me quite a bit of pain. It is almost constantly swollen and tender and I cannot put my full weight on that foot. I'm beginning to wonder if the rest of the needle is still lodged in my foot. I'm wondering if the pain could be a result of the rest needle still being in my foot or perhaps there was some damage done to my foot during the operation. I'm desperate to get some answers

Apr 12, 2015
Don't pay for expensive doctor bills!
by: Anonymous

I went to the emergency room after having the needle break in my foot for five days. They said it was too deep for them to cut on my foot and was afraid that they might push it in further. They said I needed to go to a foot specialist for them to do it under x-ray. They gave me a tetanus shot and some painkillers and sent me home. It didn't hurt that much but when it was hurting I took the pills. It was 17 days later that the hole where the needle was had gotten big with fluid inside. I opened it up the fluid came out and guess what? The needle emerged right out my foot without even squeezing it! I put alcohol and Neosporin and a Band-Aid on my foot and everything is great. I didn't have to get my foot cut on! Yay! Your body should reject the needle in no more than one month. Just keep an eye on it don't keep squeezing it let the fluid buildup it's not a real bad infection because it had no smell and eventually it will come out on his own.

Dec 20, 2014
I had a broken sewing needle in my heel
by: Lenora

I stepped on a sewing needle and was not sure if it broke off in my heel of not. The pain was excruciating and I would get shooting sharp pains thru my heel. I went to my family Dr. Who sent me for an X-Ray. It was confirmed that an inch long needle went straight up into my heel. It was in there for about a week by the time my Doc sent me to the ER. They froze it(the pain of the freezing needle was terribly painful), cut open my heel, located the needle , but we're unable to remove it. They called in a plastic surgeon, who was able to remove it while my heel was under a low radiation X-ray machine. Thank God he was able to remove it and I am on the road to recovery. He informed me that they are almost impossible to remove unless you do it under an X-Ray machine!

Dec 01, 2014
Needle in toe
by: Anonymous

What was the end result? I got a sewing needle, eye part first, stuck in my big toe and it went into the toe bone. The needle broke in there and it took me the entire day to figure out what I'd done. At the ER the next day, they did x-rays and the ER doctor tried to get the needle out with his own little impromptu surgery, but couldn't find it. The toe was stitched back up with the needle still in there-- so painful and frustrating, and I was referred to a podiatric surgeon. He took is own x-rays and explained that he'd have to do surgery at a surgical center (or the hospital) under fluoroscopy (a big real-time x-ray machine), pinning the area to find the needle. In the meantime he said I needed medical clearance for the surgery. That became the next problem, due to my high blood pressure and heart rate. I couldn't pass the EKG test, and my red blood counts (iron) were too low. Although I'd been on Kefex (antibiotic) since the ER, and the ER doctor felt he had flushed the toe well, I developed a bad infection in my toe, making surgery an emergency, and as such, and the podiatric surgeon went ahead and operated without any medical clearance. After the surgery, when the numbness started wearing off, the pain was very bad. I was given Vicodin, which I took for the rest of that day, night, and half of the next day. Then I switched to large amounts of Motrin. By Day 3, I was feeling far less pain and from there I healed quickly. I still get odd pangs in that toe, 10 months later, but there's no sign of what happened... I can't even see the scar anymore. It's taught me to be very careful and not to talk my general health for granted, because having to wait 9 days while you can't get medical clearance for surgery, and you're infection is getting worse and you're in pain, was very hard. When it happened, people said, "Only you", which was annoying, because it was an accident and accidents happen to everyone.

Oct 10, 2014
Same here
by: Anonymous

Just found out today off the X-rays I have a needle in my left foot and it's broke in two pieces. Doctor doesn't want to do the surgery and said it should be fine. Said the scar tissue should keep it secured and the risk of surgically removing it is not worth it:/

Aug 08, 2014
try this
by: pat mcalpin

I had this happen with a finish nail gun went off at wrong time was in my leg went to sears and got magnet strong one it pulled it out enough to get pliers on it hope this helps you />?

Clever idea, but that does not deal with potential issues such as infections including tetanus. My opinion is these situations require medical care.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Feb 28, 2014
Small World
by: VS

I too stepped on a needle when I was about 12 years old. It broke off in the ball of my foot with the eye of the needle (still had thread attached) going in first and the rest of the needle found in the rug it was hidden in. The ER doctor made 2 cuts to find it and it was removed. The only lasting effect was that after this procedure I have forever had no sense of feeling in the ball of my foot. I've gotten used to that over the years, but sometimes it is still a nuisance not to feel anything right there.

Nov 11, 2013
by: stacyinNC

I have had a needle in my toe since I was 15 years old. The docs tried to take it out but couldn't. I am 38 now and it never really bothered me until recently. The tip of my big toe is numb or tingly. I figured by now it would have resolved by now. I have had a full life. I was in the Army I ran marathons, chased kids around now I hog farm. So you'll live with the needle in your toe its a nuisance sometimes ..

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Dear Dr. Mitnick, Thank you so very much for taking your time to answer my question. You have greatly relieved my anxiety related to the continual tingly I feel in my feet. I will share your response with my podiatrist next week. God bless you for having this question and answer page on your website! Most gratefully,

Lynne T.

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Your webpage is excellent, I commend you on sharing your knowledge to the public.


New Jersey

Thank you. you were more detailed than what others have told me they finally called from the last xrays and my son is now in a cast for 2 weeks he did have a fracture that was not noticeable.

a mom

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I have read your website and I have to admit that I am amazed at all the information that is on here. I have learned more than the three years I have been going to several doctors that I have seen!!


Lenoir, NC

Thank you so much Doc for a quick and thorough response!


Bellevue, WA

I cannot thank you enough for your response, opinion, and suggestions! I want you to know how much it means to me, and I'm sure everyone else who has ever asked you a question! I feel like you're a lifesaver and have empowered me to take a stronger role and stand up for myself and my feet!


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