Hi Trixie, I am three months post-op from a big toe fusion. At 12 days, it still hurt and throbbed to have my foot down. I kept it up as much as possible for about a month anyway. I could slowly increase the amount of time with it not elevated. Now I am good with down all day usually. It only feels uncomfortable, as opposed to sore now. I do notice though that I am better if I get a few minutes of it elevated in the morning before I start my day. So, I sit on the couch with my coffee and computer and ease into the day. That is not all bad.
When I started being more mobile, I noticed that walking and moving around did help the swelling. I would imagine that would help the circulation, and therefore, the healing. I live in the snowy north, so that limits my mobility. If I were in a snow-free zone, I probably would have been walking more.
I recently had a scare and was checked for a bone infection because of what the most recent x-rays said. Apparently all is good, so now I continue on. I have a massage tomorrow and I am going to ask the massage therapist to work on my feet a bit to see if that helps as well.
Be patient, this will take some time.