I broke my ankle and tore ligaments on September 11th, playing football though, not skateboarding, and I had surgery on the 16th. I had a plate placed over a bone connecting my leg with my ankle, and six screws were put in to hold the plate in place. The pain the day after surgery, after I got home, was agonizing, I really almost went back to the hospital to have it checked out later that night, because I thought surely that amount of pain couldn't be normal. But surprisingly the pain subsided quickly, and probably two days after that it stopped hurting and I stopped taking the vicodin (although that was fun while it lasted), and I haven't really had any pain since, aside from maybe some minor aches when I wake up. It's frustrating because, even though it's only been three weeks since the surgery, it feels like I should be able to walk on it, and I HATE having to sit around my apt. all day doing nothing. Sadly I'm NWB until the 24th of October when I go back. I have my fingers crossed that he's going to tell me what he told you, which is that I can start putting slight pressure on it and within a few weeks I'll be able to walk again, with the boot, of course. I'd love to hear similar cases like mine and hear whats going on.