The Surgeons Perspective
The first I heard about Triff Skepelhorn was a call from my PA about a 57-year-old lady who had been very unwell whilst on holiday travelling around the Caribbean.
She was suffering from severe foot pain and had a large splinter in the sole of her right foot, most of which she had pulled out at the time. Several days later she became very unwell and needed hospitalisation in Barbados. Since returning home she had continued to feel generally unwell and had a tender swollen lump on her foot. She was referred to me by one of my renal colleagues as she had developed raised blood pressure and kidney problems. There was obviously concern that there was some splinter and infection remaining in her foot.
This couldn’t have come at a worst time in terms of the Covid-19 crisis. The local orthopaedic department was very busy, only dealing with emergencies and were unable to help. They did however perform an ultrasound scan that showed a remaining splinter very nicely.