Our expert says:
Nice to hear from Zambia. I grew up there until 17.
There can be a number of reasons for continuously swollen ankles.
One can have a reactive synovitis which means that the ankle has fluid in it without much else. This often reacts to a corticosteroid injection into the joint followed by rest for three days.
There is another problem which is called a talar dome fracture. this is where the bone in the foot which joins to the leg has a little piece broken. This bone can't often be seen on X ray and can only be detected by CT scan or bone scan.
If there is no pain then its probably worth trying the injection into the joint, if the fluid causing the swelling is coming from there.
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