I am 38 years old and just had surgery in May 2003. Prior to that I had no problems. However now that I am recovering I find that my ankles swell the more I am up and moving around. When I go to bed at night I put ice packs on them as they are painful and when I cover up I feel that the blanket is really pulling at my ankles and putting too much weight on them. I have been taking advil for the pain. I am moderatly over weight and have been trying to exercise to loose that weight in hopes that this would ease some of the strain that I feel I am having on my ankles and feet. What may be causing this problem? And should I be worried about arthritis or some other conditions? Please advise me on the next step I should take.