January 16th, 2012
I received a question about a very unusual piercing placement:
Can you get a piercing on the heel of your foot????????
I wouldn't recommend it. And even if you managed to do it, it would be VERY unlikely to be successful. The tissue there is dense and tight with little or no pinchable flesh. Piercings in such areas is very seldom remain for long--the body simply ejects the jewelry.
Importantly, a piercing in such an area would also have a significantly higher risk of infection than traditionally placed body piercings because of its proximity to the floor where dirt and germs are more abundant
I have seen a very rare placement of a piercing actually behind the achilles tendon the ankle (see Photo, courtesy of Jim Ward and PFIQ Magazine.) Suffice it to say, such a piercing has grave risks including potential for loss of function of the limb.
If you want to get pierced, please select a safer area of your body.
Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
President, Association of Professional Piercers
August 16th, 2011
Below is an exchange with a woman who wanted input on her HCH piercing.
After I saw the image I commented:
Yeah, that looks mighty angry. Are you confident that the jewelry is high quality? Was the piercer able to insert and close the ring without using any tools?
What product are you using to clean? Are you following the instructions as explained here? http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care
What is your recipe for the salt water, and are you rinsing it well when you're done?
If yes to all of the above, then I think you should consider a visit to the doctor.
March 30th, 2011
I received this message from a woman who was concerned about her new VCH piercing:
I got my VHC piercing done 4 days ago. I made sure and went with a APP here in Madison Wisconsin. I just want to make sure he did a good job. I'm new to this and i've been reading your articles and have been gaining some knowledge. I'm just a little worry because i have been having some pain, which is minor. Today i realize some yellowesh stain on my panties. Is this normal? I been cleaning the piercing twice a day with an Antimicrobial Lotion Soap i bought in that same shop. If you can please respond to me and let me know your opinion it will be very helpful. Thank you for your time.(: P.
March 14th, 2011
I just got a message from a woman I pierced a few weeks ago. She was given written and verbal instructions warning her to avoid sharing bodily fluids during the entire healing period. This is a reminder to everyone to FOLLOW ALL OF THE AFTERCARE GUIDELINES FOR THE ENTIRE MINIMUM INITIAL HEALING TIME! For the piercing she got, a VCH, I suggested 4-6 weeks as the minimum initial healing time:
On 2/17, I had a VCH piercing done by you in Philly. The piercing was healing really well and I thought it was healed too soon. I always kept it clean with Provon, but never over-cleaned. The piercing never came into contact with dirty hands and I always used paper tissue to dry. Though, two weeks after I got the piercing, I had unprotected ORAL sex and the piercing may have been slightly abused. I also didn't clean it immediately. Unfortunately, then after it became sore and it swelled. I began doing warm salt water soaks & it helped subdue the swelling. Though it hasn't gotten any better and now I'm worried because there is a yellowish discharge coming from the piercing site. It's very uncomfortable, but I've been dealing with it because I know it's my fault! AND I love the piercing. I really don't want to take it out. Please HELP! K.
Well, I won't lecture you as I can see that it was a self-punishing experience. You probably need to visit your doctor; you may need antibiotic treatment or some other kind or medication, depending on your diagnosis.
How often are you able to do the saline soaks? You may want to try a few extra each day as that may help with drainage.
Please keep me posted.