Q…. My daughter is experiencing seed corns on the ball of her left foot. They began in the summer break and have progressively gotten worse. She is in her mid-teens and is determined to become a top runner in track and field.
A…. Seed corns, also called porokeratotic lesions, are clusters of small corns on the soles of the feet or palms of the hand. They seem to occur in the middle of a more typical and regular callous, and can be very tender if they are on a weight-bearing part of the foot. A common consensus is that friction and pressure contributes to the symptom. Friction and pressure from shoes is only an indication of friction and pressure in another area. Is there friction with someone? Does your daughter feel pressured by anyone?
A callous is a form of defence, and where it is on the foot indicates what needs protecting. Corns form when the pressure point against the skin traces an elliptical or semi-elliptical path during the rubbing motion. When the causative action goes round and round, it can indicate a sense of having no end, no way out, or not let up.
Some professionals believe this condition is caused by blocked sweat ducts. Other professionals think they are caused by dry skin as it folds in on itself.
If seed corns are the result of sweat ducts being blocked, we need to consider the purpose of sweat and sweat ducts in the body.
Both types of sweat glands participate in thermal sweating (related to body temperature) and are directly controlled by the hypothalamus. As soon as we hear hypothalamus mentioned, one must think about endocrine system. This is related to who is in control, authority figures and negative feedback. An overly sensitive person may mistake constructive comment for criticism.
Emotional sweating is stimulated by stress, anxiety, fear, and pain, and is independent of body temperature. Adrenaline is associated with this type of sweating. Emotional sweating can occur anywhere, though it is most evident on the palms, soles of the feet, and axillary (underarm) regions. Sweating on the palms and soles is thought to have evolved as a fleeing reaction in mammals: it increases friction and prevents slipping when running or climbing in stressful situations (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweat_gland). Therefore, one of the roles of sweaty feet is for the foot to attach to the ground and run faster. So, if the sweat duct is blocked which slows down the runner, one must consider if is there anything else blocking or slowing down the runner. A strong emotional attachment to running could express itself in this area, especially if the person feels they are being blocked in some way.
Gustatory sweating refers to thermal sweating induced by the ingestion of food. The increase in metabolism caused by ingestion raises body temperature, leading to thermal sweating. Hot and spicy foods also lead to mild gustatory sweating in the face, scalp and neck. Metabolism is basically about how fast or slow a person converts food into energy. Food is related to the digestive system, which is about team work and process. So there is a process to becoming successful at something, and sometimes the process can be long and drawn out. Process is about taking what we know or have learnt and putting it to work for us; applying our knowledge in a specific situation. If we are trying to take short-cuts, the digestive system is where is will most probably show up.
Ball of the foot suggests, issues related to under or over-nurturing, grief or guilt. It is also the reflex for the lungs, which is associated with the principle of give and take and someone who is in transition.
Left foot infers female or feminine.
There are always a lot of options to consider, not just the physical problem of the feet. The symptoms only give a starting point to discover what the body is trying to convey.
Hope this gives you something to think about.