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Swollen ankle, red, warm, high blood pressure. Treatment?

Hi, Thank you. For almost a week I have had one swollen ankle. It is getting worse and there is redness in the area and it is warm to the touch. I have not injured myself. I do have high blood pressure, I am reasonably active but have a desk job. I do a strenuous uphill walk for an hour a day. I am concerned this might be a blood clot and want to know if I should seek emergency treatment?
Sat, 12 Oct 2013
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Hi, thank you for posting.
All the signs you refer makes me think it is a inflammation of articular cartilage microbiale. I recommend x-ray imaging of swollen ankle. It will show if your cartilage is damaged or no. I also recommend a blood test to help us finding the diagnose.
Even it is not damaged you should get antibiotic broad spectrum-antibiotic. I think this is an emergency treatment.
*You should contact your rheumatologist.
Take care.
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