Foreign body in foot

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


Thorn injury 4 years previously.

Patient Data

Gender: Male

Soft tissue swelling of the dorsal aspect of the forefoot without bony changes. No radio-opaque foreign body identified.


A 1.2 cm long linear echogenic foreign body is seen within the soft tissues of the dorsal foot. Appearances in keeping with a thorn with surrounding granuloma.

Case Discussion

X-ray demonstrates soft tissue swelling but doesn't show the foreign body itself. Ultrasound confirms appearances typical of a thorn foreign body.

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