Seed corns are found on weight-bearing locations of the foot, such as the ball and heel. They are very different from the type of corns that one finds on the side of the foot or on the toes. They are often found on people who spend a great deal of time barefoot and outdoors, where there is constant abrading of the skin on the sensitive sole of the foot. The skin begins to dry out and build up protective calluses to keep the foot from being injured. The increase in the thickness of the sole causes discomfort and pain, especially when wearing shoes.
Start soaking your feet in a mixture of warm water and plain boric acid or epsom salts. Use a commercial foot bath for soaking.
Take a warm shower as you normally would. Set up the foot bath to be ready as soon as you come out of the shower. Bring a book or an iPod to pass the time and soak your feet for at least 15 minutes three or four times a week.
Rinse the water out of the foot bath and add warm water and about two tablespoons of baby oil. If there is a massage feature, use it with the baby oil. Do this for another 10 minutes twice a week, after you have soaked your feet in the Epsom salts and water.
Use a pumice stone and exfoliating product to get rid of all the dead skin on the bottom, sides and heels of your feet. This will become easier to do as the soaking regimen becomes a regular part of your life.
Use a corn plaster if you feel pain while walking. Use a moisturizing lotion twice daily. Use it once upon awaking and before going to sleep, once you are in bed. Use the lotion all the way up your legs.
Never walk barefoot, especially outdoors. Keep a pair of slip-on shoes next to any doorway leading to outside the house. It can take a few months of treatment to get rid of the seed corns.
Make sure your diet contains vitamins A, D, E and F. Eat a well-balanced diet filled with fruit, vegetables and low fat protein such as fish and chicken. Get as much nutrition as possible through food and drink. Stay well-hydrated by drinking water, herbal teas and coffee, especially in the cold weather.
Surgery is not an effective means of curing seed corns so make sure you get a second opinion if this is a solution offered to you.
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Bill Dale has been writing travel- and lifestyle-related articles since 1988. His articles have appeared in “The Northern California Bohemian” newspaper and “Wine Business Monthly” magazine. Dale received the Fairbanks Public Service Award in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Columbia University.