Why a Foot Tattoo May Not Be a Good Idea

Foot_problemWe at Premier Foot and Ankle understand that while tattoos have become a popular way for people to express their individuality, there may be significant risks involved for some people in certain circumstances, especially regarding a foot tattoo. The foot area may be particularly sensitive to the tattoo process, resulting in a more painful experience than tattoos applied to other parts of the body. Pain, however, may be a secondary consideration to complications from infection for pregnant women, people with diabetes, or individuals with chemical sensitivities.

Taking Precautions in Pregnancy

Very little is known regarding any possible negative effects from dyes used in tattoos on pregnant women. Reactions can occur, however, and it is advisable that a woman avoid exposure to any questionable substances, at least for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Although rare, it is possible to contract an infection such as Hepatitis B from the improper use of needles. Any infection of the feet that a mother contracts during pregnancy may be shared with the baby.

Diabetes and Feet

In advanced diabetes, high blood glucose levels cause nerve damage, particularly in extremities such as the feet. A foot tattoo on a diabetic’s sensitive foot skin could lead to a hard-to-heal or even a non-healing infection. A tattoo on the foot may further compromise skin that is already susceptible to damage. In some cases of diabetes, an infected foot may have to be amputated.

Allergic Reactions

Some people have been known to suffer allergic reactions to the dyes used in tattoos, particularly the green and red inks. Raised bumps, hives, redness, swelling, and itching may indicate an allergy. The skin around the foot and ankle may be especially sensitive. At Premier Foot and Ankle we recommend you think before committing to a foot tattoo, particularly if you fall into one of the riskier categories. Call us with any questions at (972) 424-8999.

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