If an ankle joint is injured, it might swell for several weeks before healing starts. Swelling can occur in both the front and back of the ankle joint. The swelling typically worsens over time, and becomes more severe if there is a fracture of the bone that supports the foot or leg. In addition to swelling, there may be pain in the ankle joint and movement becomes difficult, even painful.
Ankle swelling treatment is based on the cause of the ankle swelling. If ankle swelling is due to a ligament sprain, the treatment will be limited to rest, ice and compression. Elevation of the foot will also help reduce pain and swelling.
If ankle swelling is due to an infection, the treatment can be more aggressive but it will depend on the severity of infection and other factors such as age and health.
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