Some women will go to great lengths to conceal the less-than-perfect parts of their body, including their bunions and hammertoes. In a new twist, doctors are now seeing tattoos large and small alike that are gracing the toes of many of their patients.
Getting inked on your feet?
According to the Huffington Post, Neal M. Blitz, DPM, has seen his fair share of names, flowers and vines, stars and ancient oriental phrases on many female's feet across the years as a foot doctor in New York. He says that some women consider the tattoos the perfect fashion accessory for their favorite pair of sandals. Many believe ink on their feet is just plain sexy, and others regret that wild night on Spring Break many years ago and want their tattoos removed.
Blitz also says that many women seek tattoos on their feet to hide their worst foot impediments as well. He even went as far as to say that some ladies believe that getting their man's name etched across the ball of their feet will detract attention from embarrassing foot issues, like bunions. However, I think a foot insert is a far less permanent solution to this problem. Women with flat feet have been known to get different designs drawn on their arches to make their feet look more concave. He has even seen women with webbed toes get lines drawn between them to hide their unfortunate foot ailments. I guess the gauge between tacky and sexy is a fine line, but their are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering getting a foot tattoo to mask your bunions.
For your consideration
I know as well as you do that feet get a lot of wear and tear after all of these years, so your favorite artwork could result disfiguration and fading over time. Some tattoo artists have even been known to refuse to ink people's feet because of it. Also, because of the many bones and nerve endings in feet, these tattoos are not exactly a walk in the park. Everyone's pain threshold is different, but a tattoo on your foot could be a particularly unpleasant experience.
Tattoo removal is difficult anywhere on the body but particularly difficult with feet, so make sure your artwork is something you don't mind having on your body for awhile. If you are looking to tattoos to shy away attention to your bunion, the use of an orthotic is a far less expensive, intrusive and permanent solution to stop a bunion's development. 10 years from now, no one will remember your foot device, but tattoos are for life.