While hiking this weekend, I stepped on a twig. Actually, it was bigger than a twig. Does that make it a small branch? Regardless, it snapped and poked 4 holes into my calf. It was less than pleasant.
I cleaned it out with soap and water and it no longer looked as bad as it did when I was in the woods. Nothing appeared to be stuck in there.
I then applied Boiron's Calendula cream and put a band-aid over it. The pain stopped pretty quickly.
If it had been worse, I would have considered either Ledum palustre or Hypericum perforatum. Both of these remedies are the "go-to" remedies for puncture wounds.
How to decide between them?
Hypericum is particular for nerve rich areas (finger tips, toes, tailbone).
Ledum is greatly relieved by cold.
Hypericum has shooting pains.
Ledum has bruising and swelling.
This is not to say a Hypericum wound can't have bruising, but that would be a secondary consideration after shooting pains and nerve-y pains.
I got off easy with my twig snap, but having a remedy kit with me meant I was prepared for most eventualities.