Bandaging the ankles or wearing stockings sound like it would prevent blood flow and cause pain. But apparently wrapping it tightly or wearing tight socks really does help because it causes the excess water to flow out of that area. Of course, the bandage is not supposed to be too tight and I think we are supposed to take it off at night. I have ankle swelling once in a while. I'm definitely going to do this next time it happens. Thanks for the tips!