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Oct 12

APMA Staff

How to Care for Your Foot Tattoo

by APMA Staff

How to Care for Your Foot Tattoo

How to safely heal with your new ink

Although they aren’t for everyone, tattoos can be a great way to show off your creativity and individual flair. However, many professional environments frown on these flashy graphics and have policies against showing them in the workplace.

A great solution to this problem is getting tattoos on areas of your body that are rarely visible. Foot tattoos are perfect for this. And when you want to show them off? They look great with that new pair of sandals.

But getting foot tattoos is a uniquely difficult process. Here are some things to keep in mind.

1. Talk to Your Doctor Beforehand

All tattoos are painful to some degree. However, keep in mind that you have over 7,000 nerve endings in each foot. And feet are basically skin and bones—there isn’t much fat or muscle to help cushion the pain.

So consult your doctor before getting a foot tattoo. Although your tattoo artist may have some ideas on how to reduce pain, your doctor has a bit more knowledge concerning your health history. Your doctor can also look at your foot for other health issues to ensure that a tattoo is a good idea. You don’t want to get a tattoo only to have a foot operation ruin it in the coming months.

2. Foot Tattoos Are Easily Infected

Once your foot is freshly inked, the tattooed area is essentially an open wound. Because we use our feet so often, they sweat a great deal. That sweat can get into the tattoo and become infected. Your feet are also easier to get dirty, which aggravates infection. Not to mention the fact that repetitive use can fade the tattoo.

To avoid all of those problems, take proper safety precautions. While the tattoo is fresh, only wear sandals or no shoes at all. Don’t engage in rigorous exercise, and avoid submerging your foot in water for at least two weeks. Sunlight exposure is a no-no as well. All of those precautions might be difficult in your workplace, so make sure it’s alright with your boss first.

A doctor can also recommend the proper type of footwear to wear—you want shoes that protect your foot, but also expose the tattoo to the air.

3. Your Tattoo Won’t Always Look Perfect

When your tattoo is freshly inked, it looks beautiful. If your tattoo artist was talented, it might even look exactly like you always envisioned it would. However, like all other tattoos, foot tattoos fade over time due to washing, physical activity, and scabbing. Before you get inked, realize you may have to get it touched up later on.

But if you’re alright with that, and prepared for post procedure foot care, go for it!

Have any questions about foot tattoos and general foot health? Visit our clinic in Edmonds, WA

Have questions about how to prep for a new foot tattoo? The trained specialists at Ankle & Foot of Edmonds can answer all of your questions. Call 425-775-6996, or complete our online form to set up an appointment.


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