nycjane--It is not enough to be anemic and begin iron without investigating the reasons why. It is most commonly blood loss with iron deficiency anemia. Anemia is a symptom of another process going on in the body. I had to see the GYN for ultrasound and have an ablation procedure then off to the GI doc for and endo/colonoscopy. These test are standard to rule out the things that may cause the anemia.
Leg cramps are a symptom of anemia. I'm not sure about the swelling of ankles makes me think of a circulation issue. Everyone experiences different things and different symptoms are indicitive of different types of anemia. It very well may be from your anemia. Usually if you already have an underlying health condition it becomes worse with anemia. I would watch your salt intake, elevate your feet above your heart and ice if necessary and see how you do. If it persists I would bring this up to your doc and see what they say about it.
I wouldn't get up set at this point, after what I have learned. In the beginning I was really ill and scared. You are not at a life threatening point. FLFLOWERGIRL