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Old 08-18-2011, 12:28 AM   #1
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Popping in ankle, knees

Hey guys,

There's been popping in both my ankles and knees for years now, i just havent found a good solution to it. It's never annoying, just when i walk up a fleet of stairs, my ankles go "crack, crack , crack". OR when i do standing calf raises, or jumping and landing on my toes, they crack. Most the time, they don't hurt, but the occasional pop will.. not hurt, but give a tingling sensation in the bones. For my knees, i can feel the pops more, and the same occasional pop will hurt for a short period of time. Sometimes i have to shake my knees out because they feel locked. I'm worried about the long- term effects it will have on me if it continues.

What can i do about this? Is it okay to leave it, or will it be bad in the long-run? I take glucosamine, as rec. by doctor to aid my knee as well, as my knee grinds when i bend it. The doctors say glucosamine, strengthing of leg muscles, and stretching. Does anyone else have this? What's worked for you?

Btw, im 15, 5'8 and an average weight, if that helps. Played a lot of basketball when i was younger, lots of jumping and fell on my kness a lot too.

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Go see a physio... you are probably not alligned properly. I have cracking knees but its mostly from an injury that i am still trying to recover from. I may end up going back to a physio as well.
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Did you grow real fast?

I shot up about 6 inches in about 10 months at one point and I had a lot of cracking and popping in my legs (and growing pains like you wouldn't believe too).

You should rule out any malformation. Ask your doctor to refer you to a sports med guy who will know a lot more about joints than your GP will.
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try acupotomy

Mysterious Acupotomy Part 3 - Exploring China - bonlive

check out the video at the 5 min mark. Patient has the same popping problem you are experiencing.
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Did you grow real fast?

I shot up about 6 inches in about 10 months at one point and I had a lot of cracking and popping in my legs (and growing pains like you wouldn't believe too).

You should rule out any malformation. Ask your doctor to refer you to a sports med guy who will know a lot more about joints than your GP will.
HAH! Same here, 2 years ago, i went from 4'10 to 5'6, . Im still growing, but at a slower rate probably 1-2inches this past year. Why does it hurt when growing? :/

The sports med told me to strengthen the tiny muscles in the knee - Sit up, keep one leg bent and one leg straight on the floor. Make a muscle in your quads, and lift the straight foot up a few inches, hold for 5 seconds, repeat 20times, both sides. My knees are a lot better now than before

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Cause the matrix in your bones has a lot of strain on it and it's pulling out your muscles as well.

Yeah I went from 5'2 to 5'8 the year I was 14-15 and it /hurt/ like hell.
The sports med guys usually know hat they're about. You could ask him to send you to physio though and the physio will be able to teach you even more specific things too if you find you're in a lot of pain too.

I know a lot of guys don't like it but I can't recommend Yoga enough too. It will help keep your joins and muscles relaxed and that will help too.
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I know a lot of guys don't like it but I can't recommend Yoga enough too. It will help keep your joins and muscles relaxed and that will help too.
I've been practicing yoga for the last couple of years and I'm a strong supporter of it. But speaking from experience, if you have issues with your knees, you need to be careful especially if you decide to take classes with quicker vinyasas, more leg balances, etc. Even as something as simple as a forward fold or a triangle where there is potential for knees to be locked could provoke injury.
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Totally, I should have said you should always talk to your instructor about your physical issues and ask them what you can and can't do and how to modify poses to be good for you.

There's also a few places at least out this way that do classes specifically to be low impact and theraputic that are great for people with restrictions.
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Ask your doctor to refer you to a sports med guy who will know a lot more about joints than your GP will.
like OP I played a lot of bball when younger, as well as tennis and running. my knees are to politely put it...are f*cked...

my advice, go see all the specialists you can if you dont get a good answer. start with the GP and ask for recommendations and dont settle for answers that don't satisfy you.

I started with seeing a sports med lady b/c i was in school out of province, but when i got back i went to see a phsysio. still didnt help so my GP sent me to a knee/bone specialist. he was not helpful as he told me too bad quit bball and suck it up with no explanation. a year goes by and i ask for a 2nd opinion from another specialist by my GP. the specialist finally explained the misalignment due to being bow legged and the hard physical activity i did over the years. at that time my knees were quite messed up. i wish i had pursued it more aggressively before my knees were really messed.

but ya, get it checked out and dont settle for an answer if you dont think it's right or doesn't resolve the issue. once you know what the problem is you know how to proceed accordingly. for me it was to stop playing bball

and wear braces fitted by a kiniseologist. i'm supposed to do leg strengthening exercises but i'm too lazy for that

wish i hadn't been so passive with it when i was younger and assumed it was a temporary sports injury.

PS i take/took gluco too, appearantly there's no hard scientific proof it helps. my GP said if you take it and you think it helps great, but there is no hard evidence stating the stuff is 100% legit.
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like OP I played a lot of bball when younger, as well as tennis and running. my knees are to politely put it...are f*cked...

my advice, go see all the specialists you can if you dont get a good answer. start with the GP and ask for recommendations and dont settle for answers that don't satisfy you.

I started with seeing a sports med lady b/c i was in school out of province, but when i got back i went to see a phsysio. still didnt help so my GP sent me to a knee/bone specialist. he was not helpful as he told me too bad quit bball and suck it up with no explanation. a year goes by and i ask for a 2nd opinion from another specialist by my GP. the specialist finally explained the misalignment due to being bow legged and the hard physical activity i did over the years. at that time my knees were quite messed up. i wish i had pursued it more aggressively before my knees were really messed.

but ya, get it checked out and dont settle for an answer if you dont think it's right or doesn't resolve the issue. once you know what the problem is you know how to proceed accordingly. for me it was to stop playing bball

and wear braces fitted by a kiniseologist. i'm supposed to do leg strengthening exercises but i'm too lazy for that

wish i hadn't been so passive with it when i was younger and assumed it was a temporary sports injury.

PS i take/took gluco too, appearantly there's no hard scientific proof it helps. my GP said if you take it and you think it helps great, but there is no hard evidence stating the stuff is 100% legit.
I take gluco because if i don't, in a few days of physical activity, the insides of my knees get all swollen and ill hardly be able to bend them, theyll feel like they'll blow up. Thanks a lot
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I used to have knee issues post injury/surgery. +1 on the developing knee muscle but also the right one. Look up medial collateral exercises as this is often being pulled in compensation of other weak muscles putting your knee in an uncomfortable place.

Try stretching and self myofascial release in your hamstrings,adductor group, and IT band especially. A tight IT band and hammies are more often enough responsible for knee pain or discomfort and your adductors cross over your knee joint and inserts into the tibia. Do you find your self often over pronating your feet? Knocked kneed I think is the term...

Foam roller works best. Finally try some drop squats, It will work your muscles to get used to the load being dropped on the joints.

If I don't perform a foam roll/pvc tube routine 3 times a week, my performance on leg workouts diminish by a minimum of 15% every time and I get slight clicking in the knees when running.
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Mmm, thanks for the tips guys, anyone know anything about the ankles? :/
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Theres a difference between a clicking and snapping feeling. If it does not cause you pain it often isn't serious and is more common than you think in everyone. Depending on where the sensation really is, it could be Peroneal Tendon Subluxation, a tear in your retinaculum, which is responsible for holding your tendon in place. Though the ankle is one of the most complicated parts of the body, if it causes you discomfort I would go get it checked by an orthopod or podiatrist. PTS symptoms, clicking and popping, are always consistent when performing any explosive movements or any flexion in the ankle.
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