Hello, this may well be a silly question so I apologise in advance! Since about April, my ankles have been swollen mainly on the external joint but also around the inside. My BP lady says it is not caused by bp or bp meds as it is not oedema - feels quite hard to touch and is down to RA. On this site, people say they have fluid taken off joints - can this swelling (and pain, stiffness etc) be RA as I feel that if someone stuck a needle in to try to get fluid off the joint, they would fail. Sometimes, the swelling starts from mid-calf and is not an attractive look!!!!!