Thanks sly_cutiepie for replying. The corns I have are on both feet on the toe next to my big toe. I believe I got them about ten years ago from a pair of sandals I used to wear. I didn't try to remove the corns until years later because honestly I didn't pay too much attention to them, thinking they'd go away on their own. I was 17 at the time and had no clue about foot problems! I thought corns were similar to blisters and were just irritations and would go away without treatment. Of course I was wrong! Maybe a few years ago I started using corn removers.
When I use the corn removers I leave them on for two days and after I shower I take them off and the skin underneath is white and usually able to be peeled off. When I do this, I'm gentle and only take off the skin that is ready to come off. (Sorry if this sounds gross!) My skin is always red or pink underneath after doing this. I wait at least a few days until the extreme redness goes away to use the removers again, but usually it's too irritated to try, so I'm left waiting weeks. The last time I used the removers was weeks ago and the area is still red. It looks like no matter how flat I get the corns to get, they're still visible because they look red or pink in the area. I have to wait months for the redness to completely go away.
I saw a podiatrist last year because I'm developing bunions. He told me it's up to me about surgery, which I decided to wait on. They're only painful if I wear the wrong shoes, so I just don't wear the wrong shoes anymore. I don't think the corns are a re-occurring problem, just a continuing problem. They don't hurt at all. The podiatrist told me to just use Dr. Scholl's corn removers, which at the time I had already been doing.
Is a bunionectomy where your bones are fixed to "remove" the bunion problem? I would love to get my bunions fixed, but my family doctor suggested I don't do anything unless they're painful, which they're not. For me it's more of a cosmetic thing. Well, they do hurt at times, but nothing bad enough to warrant surgery. I'm also afraid if I get surgery now, they may come back when I'm older, so I figure it's best to wait awhile and see how things go.
I have sensitive skin, so I think I'll have to deal with the redness from corn removers and be patient until they go away completely. Thanks for telling me your story. I'm glad things are better for you now! (Sorry this is so long!)