Regarding the big toe exercises post-bunionectomy: I had a Lapidus procedure, right foot, on 6/3, and was in hard casts until 6/26. The doctor showed me the big toe stretching exercise on 7/3, after I was in the removable walking boot 1 week. I may have misunderstood some of these posts, so bear with me. I really don't see how I would have been able to start the exercises any sooner. While in the casts, my foot was immobilized and only the tips of my toes were exposed. How was I supposed to grab onto the big toe and pull on it? I still do a set of 12, 2 or 3 times a day, and really haven't had any persistent stiffness. It feels a bit tight when I wake up in the morning, but that's about it. And if this is as bad as it gets, its far preferable to the wobbly, floppy mess I had before surgery! So, in my particular case, it wasn't necessary to start exercising until the beginning of week 5. I don't seem to be suffering from any ill effects, anyway.