I got my big toe trimmed to better fit in my ski boots - the $25 co-pay was a lot cheaper than the $150 minimum charge from my local boot fitter !
Details, please. How much did they take off? How many sizes in a street shoe will you go down? What's the rehab like?
I wear a size 15 street shoe (ski boot mondo 32.5) just because my big toe is so big on one foot. I'd love to be able to get into a size 13 boot and this might be the key.
Six years ago, after having many pairs of boots modified to accommodate a crooked small toe I also opted for the knife and never looked back. Hope it works as well for you as it did for me.
Falcon_O aka Charlie
You get the side trimmed back every year or two? It's possible to do it permanently so you wouldn't have to repeat it. You can also have the entire toenail removed permanently and be done with it.