Recovery from hammer toe surgery takes about three to six weeks, notes the Cleveland Clinic. The time depends on the kind of surgery that a patient underwent, states the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.
After the procedure, a patient wears a protective shoe to enable easy movement, states the Cleveland Clinic. There may be redness, stiffness and swelling following the surgery. Elevating the leg while lying on a bed for few weeks is necessary, according to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. The doctor may remove the stitches two to three weeks after the surgery. Engaging in simple exercises help to move and stretch the toe.