Exercise and New Foot Tattoo?
I'm getting a tattoo done on the top of my right foot this Monday and I have a question. I know that it is best to only wear sandals(or have nothing rub on it) and keep it exposed and clean as much as possible. Here is my dilemma though. I am currently training for a 10km marathon that is in a month and therefore am running four+ times a week. Plus I am on a rugby team with practices twice a week and a game every second week. I am willing to keep my tattoo uncovered for a couple days but I was wondering if there was a way that I could cover it safely and still wear runners and cleats so I could continue training and practicing without ruining the tattoo. Has anyone had any experience w/ this?What did you do?What were the results? What would you suggest?
Thank you for your response in advance.
ps. It is not possible for me to push back the tattoo appointment seeing as rugby continues well into fall and even when I'm not training for a marathon I'm at the gym 3-4 times a week
I had a tattoo on my ankle/foot and i wore socks and trainers the next day and it hasnt affected it at all, im sure urs will be fine to just make sure that at some point through the days that it has a breather and has time to heel.
it should be OK to cover for a limited time. i suggest you put Vaseline on it before putting socks or something on. i have a tattoo on my left foot. you have to be really careful not to knock the scabs off as you will get a blotchy effect on the coloured parts. i also found it very very painful after a few days, so you might have to take time out from your training/rugby.
The top of your foot is a horrible place for a tattoo. In fact it is the worest place for a tattoo. Even if you only wear sandels your feet are very prone to sun burn which can damage your tattoo. Most tattoo parlors won't even do tattoos there.
I've been planning and researching tattoos for 5 years because I want mine to come out perfectly.
I had a similar situation-I got a tattoo on each of my wrists two weeks before an Ironman triathlon. I knew that it would heal in a week or so from past experience, but I still had to train which included swimming in a pool-and pools are loaded with bacteria!!
Here's what I did......Make sure you smear A&D ointment on it and wrap it with cellophane(Saran wrap). This will keep it moist and provide a buffer between your sock and skin. It won't chafe as much and it will be more comfortable for you. Just be sure not to lace your shoes TOO tight and remove the cellophane as soon as possible after your training/rugby and let it breathe.
No matter what you ultimately decide to do, prepare yourself for some discomfort. The top of your foot is kind of sensitive, so don't expect it to be pain-free.
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