To ensure that a foot tattoo heals properly, it is necessary to avoid wearing shoes for a couple of weeks. Healing foot tattoos should be kept moist and cleaned regularly using a gentle, unscented soap.
Tattoos on the feet are difficult to heal because the skin on the feet sheds faster than the skin on other parts of the body. Avoiding shoes helps prevent some of this shedding. Bruising and swelling are common with foot tattoos. Keeping the feet elevated and drinking plenty of water can help with both these problems. It takes up to three months for a foot tattoo to completely heal.