Straight Talk About Foot Tattoos

Foot tattoos can be a beautiful adornment if you follow proper safety proceduresTattoos are everywhere these days—on U.N. ambassadors like Angelina Jolie and Caroline Kennedy are just two of the many public people sporting ink. But just like in real estate, when it comes to tattoos, it’s all about location…and here’s what this Houston podiatrist wants you to know about foot tattoos (BEFORE you get one!)

  1. Your feet are super-sensitive, meaning getting a foot tattoo will hurt. A lot. Be ready for that. 
  2. The healing period can last as long as three months.
  3. Because they are so close to dirt and the ground, foot tattoos are very prone to infection.
  4. Your foot will get red, bruised and scabby as it heals.
  5. As with any tattoo, ensuring the hygiene and safety of the tattoo artist is crucial in avoiding diseases like HIV, Hepatitis and Syphilis.

Once you know the risks of getting a tattoo and have found a safe place to get inked, make sure you carefully follow the instructions for the healing period (no exposure to sun and no getting it wet.)

Watch carefully to make sure you are not contracting an infection. Signs of infection include:

  • An increase in pain (remember, it is normal for it to hurt a lot, but if it starts feeling worse instead of better, that should be a cause for concern.
  • Major swelling
  • A wide-spread amount of redness
  • Red streaks extending away from the tattoo site
  • Pus
  • Fever

An untreated foot tattoo infection can put you at risk for amputation; it can not be ignored and treatment should be sought immediately. If you have concerns about a tattoo or other foot infection, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider right away!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.