This is Dr. David
did you injure your ankle yesterday from exercise or running or sports?
is it just one ankle or both?
I see, it is only your right ankle which is causing pain and swelling.
most likely from an injury from sports or exercise.
in very rare cases, patients can have blood clots in their lower legs which can cause pain and swelling in one leg.
it would be a good idea to go to the A&E and have your ankle examined and get an ultrasound scan of the swelling area to rule out a small blood clot in the ankle.
the chances of blood clot in the ankle are small at your age, but still you don't want to miss it.
it is just one ankle.
i dont think (am certain it was nothing to do with sport).
sometimes arthritis can cause pain and swelling in one ankle suddenly.
or gout can cause pain and swelling in a joint sometimes without cause.
gout is the deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint space from excessive uric acid in the blood.
you can get too much uric acid from high protein foods or drinking alcohol which can set off gout attacks.
but in rare cases, you can have a small blood clot which can cause pain and swelling in an ankle.
so best to go to the local hospital or A&E department and ask them for evaluation of your ankle and an ultrasound to check for blood clot .
the chances of blood clot are rare, but it is something you don't want to miss.
do you have a hospital or A&E accident and emergency department close to you?
or an urgent care center close to you?
thank you for the advise. my local hospital is about 4 miles from here.
you are welcome
i will go there now.
good idea to see a doctor about it
best of luck to you
what is an urgent care center?
let me know if you have other questions
in the USA, there are some urgent care centers where you can see a doctor right away for common illnesses.
in the UK, they might not have those.
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