My wife (who's not a triathlete, but is fairly active) broke her pinky toe on her left foot a week ago. X-ray showed a spiral fracture, and she's been in a walking boot since then. She went back to the podiatrist today expecting him to tell her that she could start some sort of activity sometime soon, and he looked at her as if she was from some other planet and lectured her about how she has a broken toe and that it would take 6-8 weeks to heal. (FWIW- purely by coincidence, this Podiatrist sponsors our Tri club, though I don't know if he's a triathlete himself, or whether he takes lifestyle into consideration when discussing recovery).
So, my question, for you Podiatrists out there, or anyone who's suffered a pinky toe fracture, is what's a reasonable recovery time before:
1) she can stop wearing the boot (it drives her crazy)
2) she can begin some sort of physical activity (she usually sticks to the treadmill or elliptical and strength training in the gym).
3) she can expect that it'll be pain-free to wear/walk in normal shoes.