There is no relationship between the grade of the deformity of the big toe and the pain. And nor can it be foreseen if deformities will progress nor the speed that this will occur. For this reason, while the deformity is asymptomatic, it is recommended to avoid surgery.
Although there is no overall consensus, many surgeons believe that aesthetic surgery is inappropriate. There is a risk of converting a previously painless foot into a painful foot after surgery with an aesthetic aim, and for this reason, it should be avoided.
The recovery time varies between patients, and the surgeries. Furthermore, the term “recovery” depends on the expectations and functional needs of each patient. As a general rule, they can stand and be able to walk from the first day of the surgery. The functional recovery to perform normal activities is usually between 2 and 3 months.
It should be taken into account that some discomfort or swelling may remain for up to 6 months in the case of major surgery, which could involve several metatarsals.