I just got done with an approximate 200 mile tour in 2 1/2 days, and I can barely walk because of my ankle. I stand up a whole lot when riding, mainly because my ass gets sore from the uncomfortable seat and riding position of my bike, and it bothers my knees if I sit too much.
My ankle is swollen some, red, and is very warm like it has fever in it. The top of my foot has some pain too, but it's mainly my ankle. It hurts so bad that I can barely put my shoe on, have trouble walking, and have almost fell down a few times while standing too. My right ankle is the only one affected.
This sort of thing happens to me on every tour, but never as bad. Usually, my feet swell up because of the way I stand while coasting and it squeezes my toes into the tip of my shoes, and I've had to buy a size bigger pair of shoes on tour before. My right ankle is always the one that gives me problems as well, but after a good night's rest the swelling subsides and I can still function good enough to keep going. My feet didn't swell up this time, but my ankle is hurting so bad that I want to curl up in the fetal position and die.
My aunt broke her ankle a long time ago, and since then, it still swells up depending on how active she is. I've never broken my ankle, but I've talked to other bike tourers, and none of them have had this problem. Is this a fairly common thing for cyclists, or do I possibly have some other unknown physical problem? Any other advice for curing this or avoiding it in the future?