Toecutter, the comment about lawsuits in the US is probably the main reason for the surgeons' caution. I was told before my surgery that I would be NWB for at least 6 weeks and that I'd have a splint right after surgery. I have a plate and six screws. So, the surgeon didn't know anything about my bone strength when he gave those instructions. He does know that I'm a hiker, so probably assumed I'd try to do too much too soon. Haha - I'm also loving lying around while the weather outside is frightful!
Wondering if you can explain the reasoning behind the boot. Is it just to protect the toe? Honestly, I keep taking it off because it hurts so much, especially when I elevate. The weight of the boot puts pressure on my foot. I'm more swollen in the morning (after wearing the boot all night, which I totally get) than I am during the day.
The purpose of the boot is to transfer pressure from the ground past your foot to your shin, allowing you to walk without bending the toe. It's nicer than a cast in that it lets you remove it for showering and comfort. It should not be so painful though, so you should tell your doctor asap that it's causing problems. I bet they can set you up with something that works better -- they need feedback to know how stuff like that is working.