The recovery time for hammertoe surgery is approximately two to three weeks, and the recovery time for bunion surgery is approximately six weeks to six months, reports WebMD and the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. However, complete healing may take up to one year, according to WebMD.
Hammertoe surgery involves treating the pain that results from having a toe bent upward in the middle, notes the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. Bunion surgery typically involves removing the part of the foot that bulges out with the bunion, but can also involve moving bones into a more natural position to avoid the formation of additional bunions, reports WebMD. Bunion surgery may also include an implant insertion of an artificial joint.