What could cause a swollen knee with bruising down to the ankle?

Swelling to ankle. Can be definitive for a clotting disorder such as taking Aspirin or anticoagulant drugs such as Plavix or coumadin (warfarin). Trauma or injury could also play a role. Seek medical attention especially if you have other medical problems or take medications such as steroids for something else that could make this problem worse.
Swelling and bruise. Trauma or broken blood vessel, or clotting deficency.

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Is it possible that by taking anti-inflamartries it slows down healing of tendons if so what can I take as have swollen knee and ankle?

Bone not tendons. They have a great effect on bone healing, but it does interfere with the inflammatory reaction so may have some effect on the healing process but in my experience i never had people who are on them stop. Read more...
Ice, elevation, ace. Suggesting ice, elevation, ace wrap, resting, short term of Motrin as needed base should be ok, not more then 7 days should not harm tendon. Read more...

A week ago I woke to a swollen knee couldn't straighten at all. Very painfull I can straighten my leg a bit bette still painfull & pain down to ankle?

Swollen knee. a swollen knee without trauma in a 22 year old female is usually activity related. If you don't remember an injury the three causes for swelling in most cases are 1) irritation around the knee cap 2.) a torn lateral meniscus. 3.) a rheumatologic disorder. A virtual consult would be a helpful next step if it doesn't get better with rest/ice/ Motrin within a couple days. . Read more...

Painful swollen knee feels like in the bone an moving down my leg what could it be haven't hurt it or anything?

Be seen. I would encourage you to be seen. If you have not had an injury, the other possibilities include an inflammatory or infectious etiology. If you are swelling around your knee, extending down into your leg, a blood clot may also be a consideration. An exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause and tell you your treatment options. . Read more...
Need examination. Your description is not very specific. It may reflect many conditions/diseased structures in the knee. At this time you may try OTC baby aspirin once day to "take edges off" provided however you do not have active gastritis or history of bleeding/spontaneous bruising. See your PMD for further exam/eval. Read more...

Dr said ice, elevation, movement, tensor, for swollen knee. Now have swollen ankles too but the RICE isn't helping it. Advice?

Not always Rice. There is a big difference between a swollen knee and swollen ankles. There appears to be a little too much water in the wrong places to use the RICE solution. Something else may be in the workings. I suggest you see your doctor for a thorough evaluation. Read more...

It is 7 wks since I have total knee replacement. Still swollen knee and ankle. Have stiffness and lots of pain at nite. Is it normal I am active?

Could be normal. If you're concerned about post-op knee and ankle swelling, I'd mention it to your surgeon. Could be routine post-op symptoms. But you also want to make sure you don't have any signs of DVT which could be easily checked if there's any question. Read more...

Swollen knee and ankle-- knee clicks when moved and hurts --ankle just swollen -no injury just popped up! Any ideas I nhave tried a knee brace and ice--no change

Painful . Painful clicking in a knee usually implies either torn cartilage (meniscus) or uneven and worn cartilage (ie arthritis). There are other inflammatory possibilities as well including gout, synovitis, bursitis, etc. The bottom line is that you really need to have this evaluated and examined by your local physician (primary care or orthopedist) likely with an xray and possibly an mri. If it is only an inflammatory issue (such as an arthritic flare), non-steroidal antiinflammatory medications can be taken (with caution and if not allergic). If this is unsuccessful along with other options including the ice and brace that you have tried, sometimes injections of either cortisone or hyaluronic acid can be considered. However, if there is a mechanical reason for your pain and clicking, such as a meniscus tear, you will likely need minor arthroscopic surgery. Read more...

I have swollen knee and baker's cyst. Did MRI and everything is ok. Had it drained, took anti inflammatory mednothing helps. Now my ankle is swollen!

Improve function. It sounds like lymphatic and/or venous drainage may be impaired to that leg. I would seek the advice of two specialties; namely a highly recommended orthopedist to possibly repeat the MRI, not just of the knee, but possibly the lumbar spine, and another highly recommended chiropractor or osteopath that does manipulation, to assist with improving circulation to the affected limb. . Read more...
See details. Your Baker's cyst may have ruptured if there is swelling in the calf and shin as well as the ankle. Have an orthopedist look at it. Read more...