@andee - Changing your shoes may help with the day to day pain, but at this point your bunion probably won't go away.
I developed a bunion because of arthritis. I have quite a bit of arthritis, but it seemed to bother my toes more than anything.
I had a bunion hammertoe surgery to help with this. Because there are so many different types of bunion surgery, the recovery time is different for everybody.
I know it was a long a process for me. I was able to get up and walk around for short periods of time the week after my surgery. After about 10 days I was able to drive.
Being able to have this independence within a short time was encouraging for me. It still took about 4 months for the swelling to completely go down. I would try to stay off my feet as much as possible and elevate my leg every chance I had.
Even though having bunion surgery is not serious, you really begin to realize how nice it is to be on your feet without so much pain when you have completely recovered.