Hey hicks - I didn't/don't do anything...except wait out the swelling.
When the swelling is REALLY bad, it'll take about 2 weeks until I can a) move my ankles and b) walk without crutches or without hopping. Then for another 2 weeks I'll have a limp or have some pain in my ankles when I walk but by that time my ankles can MOVE around enough to where I CAN walk and drive. But at their worst, there is NO movement in my ankles. Stiff as a board and hot to the touch.
Luckily I have a job where I can work from home if I need to. It's easier to rush to the bathroom on swollen ankles and crutches at home than it is at my office. So when my ankles are so swollen that I can't walk or drive, I work from home.
The Rheumatologist told me that she "believed" the kind of swelling I'm experiencing is NOT affecting my joints...that was one of my worries that if I allowed the swelling to continue WITHOUT taking a drug like Remicade/Humira that one day my ankle joints/bones would deteriorate and I wouldn't be able to walk again. But she was certain that my joints were fine (since the X-rays showed healthy ankles) and it was "simply" swelling of the tendons around the ankles which made it appear/feel like my joints were the parts that were swelling.
Currently, my left ankle is swollen but I THINK it is from standing for 4 hours applying makeup to a group of teenage girls at a youth retreat this past weekend. The swelling is not (yet) painful and I can still walk. In this situation, I do take 2 Asprin/day for 3 days which usually helps. Asprin has not (yet) bothered my stomach and I have the OK from my GI to take Asprin in small amounts when my ankles swell. It usually helps.