Tuesday, 18 March 2014

After a Foot Tattoo

It seems that everyone is getting tattoos these days. And while there is literally no part of the body that someone, somewhere has not had tattooed, the feet were often overlooked. Until now, that is. Feet tattoos are becoming very popular and the two main reasons for this are the subtlety of the location and the fact that a tattoo can highlight the beauty of this often ignored part of the body. There are certain standard care procedures and precautions to be taken after getting a tattoo, and the same do, by and large, apply to the feet as well. However, there are few additional considerations in the case of foot tattoos that it would not be wise to ignore, if you are planning on tattooed feet.
  • If you are planning on getting both feet tattooed, do them one at a time. Walking after a tattoo can be difficult for a day or two and having a ‘good foot’ to take the extra strain will speed up the recovery process. Only if the tattoos are very tiny should both feet be tattooed at the same time.
  • Find out from the person who will be doing the tattoo about the restrictions and how long they have to be observed. Then make your schedule accordingly, so you do not have to walk around during the recovery period. Ensure that you have loose flip flops to wear while staying home.
  • Have a friend take you for the tattoo. It’s not a matter of needing moral support- although for some folks that can be a great help. The friend will be required to drive you home incase the new tattoo makes driving difficult.
  • Swelling of the freshly tattooed area is common. As soon as you get home elevate the affected foot and dab some ice cubes as often as possible. This will reduce the pain and swelling too.
  • You may have to go back to work before the healing process is complete. If you have a desk job, sitting down all day, your feet might swell up. Try to find a way of occasionally elevating your foot –at least 5 minutes in an hour should help with the swelling. If your job requires a lot of walking around, that too can lead to swelling and pain. In this case also, sitting down and elevating your foot will help.
  • Funny as it may sound, drinking a lot of fluids will help reduce the water retention that exacerbates the swelling of the feet. Also try to reduce your sodium intake until the swelling and pain are completely gone.
  • Do not wear shoes that apply pressure over the new tattoo. This will increase the irritation and the pain.
  • Don’t expect a linear reduction of the pain, swelling and discomfort. There will be times when the feet feel fine and other when there are swollen and painful. This is normal and the discomfort will fade away naturally in a few days.
With normal precautions recovering from a foot tattoo should not be a long or difficult process. However, if the pain and swelling appear to be abnormal consult a podiatrist to check is everything is okay. Ignoring persistent problems after getting a foot tattoo can lead to a variety of complications that could affect the overall health. A foot doctor will be able to diagnose and treat any complications and prevent the situation from getting worse. 

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