Recovery time for a large toe joint replacement varies from one patient to another and can take as long as 12 weeks, states the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. Doctors remove stitches 10 to 15 days following the procedure, and patients begin limited walking a few weeks after surgery.
Patients who undergo large toe joint replacement who have relatively sedentary jobs may return to work when they no longer require pain medication and assistive devices for walking, according to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. People who have more physically taxing jobs need a longer recovery time, perhaps as long as three months, before returning to work. The patient can consult with his physician to determine when he can safely return to work.