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Swollen Ankle Joint

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about a swollen ankle joint?

A swollen ankle joint may be caused by conditions such as arthritis or gout, or by an injury. You may have other symptoms such as pain and trouble moving or putting weight on your ankle.

How is the cause of a swollen ankle joint diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and any medical conditions you have. He or she will also ask if you have had any recent injuries. He or she will examine your ankle and check how well it moves in different directions. Blood tests or x-rays may be used to help find the cause of the swelling. Fluid may be removed from your ankle joint and sent to a lab for tests.

How is a swollen ankle joint treated?

Treatment depends on the cause of your swollen ankle joint. Your healthcare provider may recommend any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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