Swollen ankles and feet are usually a sign of fluid retention, but they could also be a sign of serious medical issues
, like infections, blood clots, and other diseases. If you experience swelling in the feet and ankles, you should seek medical advice.
In the meantime, there are some things you can do at home to relieve the puffiness. Use leg wedges or pillows to elevate your feet, try support socks, and watch your salt intake, since salt can lead to more fluid retention. Go for a walk, as getting your muscles moving will decrease swelling. Similarly, if you’re caught sitting for long periods of time, be sure to move your ankles and feet around, and stand up when you can. You can also soak feet and ankles in a warm bath with Epsom salt, which releases magnesium, helping to reduce the swelling.