1. One at a Time!Due to the pain and swelling that results from getting a tattoo on your foot, it is not a good idea to get both of them inked at once even if you do plan to eventually have both of them done. Walking on your newly inked foot may be very difficult the first couple of days, which would only be complicated further by not having a “good” foot that you can favor during the healing time. Both feet should only be tattooed together if you’re getting something very small that won’t affect the entire foot.
2. Schedule and FootwearClear your schedule for the rest of the day after your tattoo and the following day, so you have nowhere to go and nothing pressing to do. Be prepared to wear no shoes, loose sandals or shoes that don’t cover the tattooed area of your foot.
3. Assign a Designated DriverIf you can possibly have someone to drive you home, that might be advisable. Depending on which foot you’re getting tattooed, it may be difficult for you to operate the pedals.
4. Elevate Your FootOnce you leave the tattoo shop, head straight home and sit back or lay down with your foot elevated as high up as you can get it. If it’s safe for you, take some ibuprofen to help with swelling. Also, apply ice as often and for as long as you can, which also helps with both pain and swelling.
5. Dealing with Work IssuesIf you have to go to work and you have a desk job, sitting with your feet on the floor can really make your foot swell up like a balloon. Try to find some way to elevate your foot as high as possible and as often as possible during work hours for at least the first couple of days.
If you have to work and your job consists of a lot of walking and being on your feet, that can also cause swelling and pain. Whenever you have a break, put your foot up and apply ice if possible. Beware that laced shoes or boots that rub against the top of your foot can damage your new ink, which is why it’s best to clear your schedule for a few days if possible.