Well I can tell you that I am 29 and had a bunionectomy a year ago this last April or maybe two years ago, can't remember exactly. The cause of this what I was told by my doctor is NOT from wearing high heeled shoes, but that it is hereditary. Anyway I had the surgery done on my left foot and it hurt horribly for quite a while. And swelled for months after. But looking back I can tell you I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I wear pointed toe heels and any kind of shoes I want. It did take a little while before I felt very comfortable in heels. I mostly would wear them if I had too, or would wear flip flops and then put on the heels at the last minute. But your foot will heal. And you will be glad you had the surgery. If you don't have your bunions removed it can cause you to be diabled later in life. I saw a lady at the foot doctor in fact that had to wear special shoes because she never had the surgery.
Hope this helps.