Post # 1
I decided that as a reward for passing my board exams, I am going to get a tattoo in honor of all of the hard work I have put into school in the last few years. I want to get it on my foot, but I am hesitating because I have been told that I will have to leave it uncovered for 2-3 weeks. As a part of my uniform for work, I am required to wear those plasticky nursing clogs. Have any of you gotten a foot tatto when you were unable to wear sandles, etc for the entirety of the healing process? How did that go? What did you do to prevent infection?
Post # 2
I haven’t got a foot tattoo but one of my best friends had one and she was on crushes for weeks afterwards because the swelling was so bad. Obviously that is not the norm but it does happen.
I would love a foot tattoo but her experience has definitely put me off.
Post # 3
I have had a foot tattoo for a few years, and it healed quickly and easily. Uncovered is ideal but as long as you can let it breathe when you’re home and you just cover it with thin breathable mesh gauze when you have to wear shoes, I’m sure it’ll be totally fine. Just follow whatever steps your tattoo artist advises and enjoy your new art!
Post # 4
Also- people told me it was going to hurt really bad on my foot, and it totally didn’t. Mostly the vibration felt really weird and it was hard to hold still, but for me at least, there wasn’t much pain at all.
Post # 5
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I have a tattoo on the arch of my foot. It was excruciatingly painful to get! I have a couple of other tattoos on other parts of my body that weren’t nearly as painful. Also, the skin sloughed off, and I had to have the lines re-done a month or so later – that was awful, too. I got it in the summertime, so I wore sandals or flip-flops as much as I could to aid in healing, but I have a corporate job, so during the day I was always in regular business attire, including shoes. After a few days of bandages, I was fine to wear my regular footwear without any issues.
Post # 6
I got my foot tattooed while I was on holidays so I didnt really have the shoe problem but I remember I did wear shoes going hiking and stuff prob 3 days later. My tattoist just told me to put cream on and wrap foot with glad wrap so that my shoe didnt rub and the scab didnt get stuck to socks or anything. It was fine and was all healed in a week
Post # 7
I have a tattoo on top of my right foot. It covers about 2/3 of my foot. The first time I had if done, I was unable to leave it uncovered all day because of work. I let it breathe at home and washed it occasionally while working and if healed fine.
Post # 8
LowenSea: Wow, you are lucky! Did you get something small or have the whole top of your foot done? In my experience I had basically the entire top of my foot tattooed and it was quite painful. It took him about 3 1/2 hours to finish and by the time he was done I was so ready to be off of that table. I guess we all experience things differently though and I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little jealous that yours was so painless and fast healing! 🙂
nottoocool4school: In my experience it took a couple of weeks to be able to wear full shoes, but my foot swelled up quite a bit and healed pretty hard because there was so much shading and so much time was spent going over and over the work. I would guess it depends on how large of an area your work covers, how much your foot swells, how fast your body heals and a number of other variables. However, plasticy nursing clogs do sound like the best alternative if you have to cover up because it seems like your foot wouldn’t rub too much on the top. Good luck and enjoy your work! I love having my foot done; it’s my favorite spot and if I had to do it all over again I would do it in the same place. 🙂
Post # 9
nottoocool4school: I have a tattoo on my foot as well. It goes from my left big toe, all the way across my foot to the outside of my ankle. It hurt pretty bad, I got it about 7 years ago and had it touched up 2 years ago. In terms of what to wear- I kept no socks/shoes on for about a day and a half. After that I was able to wear flip flops, and then socks/shoes 4 days after. When I got it re-done I wore socks and shoes the next day. I will say, I had it touched up because it’s black and it faded a little bit because I was careless for 4 years and didn’t put sunscreen on when out to the beach/tanning bed- so do make sure you’re taking care of it if you’re outside! Post a pic when you get it done!
Post # 10
I have a small tattoo on my foot. It was not painful or swollen and healed in about 2 weeks. I did leave it uncovered all the time except when showering. Just a few minutes covered in plastic while showering caused ink to seep/leak out so I would be hesitant to get one if you cannot leave it uncovered, in case friction cause ink loss. Of course if that happened you could possibly get it touched up after it healed. Touch ups are common for foot tattoos anyway as its an area of the body that gets a lot of movement and skin stretching.
Post # 11
I have a large tattoo on my foot and it was swollen/painful for about a week after. I was literally limping for the first few days after I had it done because I couldn’t put my foot down all the way. I would wait to get it until you have enough time to take care of it and let it heal properly! Mine covers the entire top of my foot though, so if yours is smaller it probably won’t even be an issue.
Post # 12
I have one on the top of my foot and had no issues with swelling or wearing shoes for work! I would just use the recommended ointment and then wrap it before putting on my socks/shoes and it still healed normally.
Post # 13
nottoocool4school: I have a foot tattoo. It’s my cat’s paw print with a little heart. I’m not sure how big the tat your getting is, but I find 2-3 weeks uncovered to be a little excessive. Why so long? All I was told was to keep it clean and use A&D ointment. I went to work that night in my regular work shoes.
Post # 14
I don’t have a foot tattoo but I do have a tattoo and 2-3 weeks sounds insane. I figure get it don’t when you have a couple days off work so the worst of the scabbing is over Then you should be fine. You’d probably want it in a breathable bandage so your shoes don’t rub at the peeling to much, wash it and let it breathe when you can. But you should talk to you artist about it because every artist is different!
Post # 15
Congrats!! I have a foot tattoo and I am a nurse I would say after a few days you should be fine to wear closed shoes. A & D for a few days than regular lotion. I also just got a tattoo on my calf and its healing now. I wore pants the next day.