Blue-and-White Slippers Fragment Causes Infection 拖鞋碎片刺入腳底 男子感染住院一週

Taiwan’s famous rubber blue-and-white slippers sell for NT$50 to NT$100 a pair. Some people consider them to be a symbol of grassroots culture. They were even mentioned in a recent article in an international medical journal.


The X-ray shows the right foot of a man, and the arrow is pointing at a foreign object. During surgery, a rubber fragment measuring 1 by 0.8 centimeters was extracted from the foot. The fragment came from a pair of Taiwan’s famous blue-and-white slippers, and had remained embedded in the man’s sole for two years. It might have remained there longer if he hadn’t sought medical treatment at Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital after experiencing pain in the sole of his foot while walking.

We need to be pay special attention to all aspects of wounds caused by foreign objects, and not only be concerned with whether they have healed on the surface.
 
Doctors arranged for an NMR, as they suspected the mass could be a tumor. In the end, they concluded it was a foreign object. The man recalled that two years ago, he stepped on a nail while wearing blue-and-white slippers. He pulled out the nail himself, applied medicine, and forgot about the incident. Doctors believed a fragment from the slippers remained in his body. He developed an infection two years later, which was quite unusual. The case was written up and submitted to the “International Journal of Internal Medicine.”
 
Their thickness is about the same as that of normal flip-flops, so you have to be careful when you’re walking along the road.
 
Sometimes it’s more convenient to wear them, like if you have to pop out to buy something. I walk more carefully when I wear slippers compared to canvas shoes.
 
Some residents say they sometimes wear slippers for the convenience, and they make sure to walk more carefully during these times. Doctors remind the public to not only pay attention to the appearance of a wound caused by a foreign object. Anything that remains inside the wound could trigger an infection when immunity is weak.
 
 
 
X光片箭頭處,男子的右腳骨有異狀,手術後,從中拿出一個1x0.8cm橡膠異物,原來是台灣特有的塑膠拖鞋「藍白拖」,只是這碎片,已卡在男子的腳底2年,要不是最近2個月走路腳底都會痛,前往高雄榮總醫院救治,還無法被發現。
 
高雄榮總醫院骨科部主任 楊善為表示:「我們所有的異物穿刺傷,都必須要特別留意,不只是外觀的傷口是否復原良好。」
 
醫生原本以為男子的右腳異狀是腫瘤,才會進一步安排核磁共振,最後檢查到異物,男子才想起2年前,因穿藍白拖時踩到鐵釘,自行將鐵釘拔出後擦藥就沒理會,醫生認為男子因腳底穿刺傷造成的異物殘留體內,
2年後才出現感染症狀,相當罕見,將案例寫成論文,也刊登在「國際內科研究期刊」上。
 
民眾表示:「你看那個厚度的話,其實一般的夾腳拖的厚度也差不多,所以就是走在路上的話,還是要注意一下。」
 
民眾表示:「就偶爾會比較方便,只出來要買東西的話,有時候穿拖鞋,當然會跟比穿布鞋,就是走路的時候,都會比較注意一點。」
 
民眾說,有時外出圖方便,很常穿拖鞋,為了保護自己會多留意路況,醫生也提醒,遭異物穿刺時,別只留意外傷,萬一有異物殘留,遇到抵抗力較差時,可能會引發感染。
 

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