This thread bring back painful memories. Crushed my ankle in 1999 in a BRI (beer related incident). I had an external fixator in for 10 months, and lots of screws and metal. I know it seems like it will take forever for life to get back to normal, but it will. Will you ever be completely normal again? Probably not, but it will slowly become less and less of a nuisance, and you will get used to however it feels. 14 years on, I can do 15 mile hikes with a pack on in pretty intense conditions. I get swelling, but ibuprofen (this will become a good friend, like it or not) helps take it down and I am usually ready for action the next day. My leg spit out bits of bones for about two years afterward. Take good care you do not get an infection in there. I got one in one of the screw holes for the fixator and it hurt nearly as bad as the break itself.