txRUNNERgirl
Why is my ankle snapping? 12/5/2007 7:00PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Whenever I rotate my foot/ankle, it makes a popping noise. What causes this?
Yank
RE: Why is my ankle snapping? 12/5/2007 7:04PM - in reply to txRUNNERgirl Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Ligaments tex.

Does it cause any pain? If it doesn't and it doesn't swell, I wouldn't worry about it. You can always ice it if you feel worried about it, unless it's at the site of an old fracture or injury.

Wait until you get older and the body starts making noise as soon as you get out of bed in the AM. Will YOU be surprised...I know I was.
after
RE: Why is my ankle snapping? 12/5/2007 7:04PM - in reply to txRUNNERgirl Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
if this happens without pain it is perfectly normal.
it's caused by tendons snapping over one or more of your ankle bones.
txRUNNERgirl
RE: Why is my ankle snapping? 12/5/2007 7:08PM - in reply to after Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
The actual snapping doesn't hurt, but parts of my ankle do. I can't tell if if it's tendinitis or what, but the inside of my right ankle hurts. I've had achilles tendinitis this summer also, but this is more on the one side than along my achilles tendon. I hope it's fine.
Yank
RE: Why is my ankle snapping? 12/5/2007 7:13PM - in reply to txRUNNERgirl Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
See a doctor, then. You might want to note when during this day it hurts, if it is more sore at one time or another.
lots of miles
RE: Why is my ankle snapping? 12/5/2007 7:15PM - in reply to txRUNNERgirl Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Careful Tex.

If the medial ankle is hurting and there is deepish popping, you could be having tendon issues in your post-tib or flexor hallucis (less likely). However, if it is just popping sensations, could be tendons moving in and out of their grooves. The ones on the outside of my feet pop if I rotate my foot.

I have had tendonitis in most of the tendons of my foot (post tib, flexor digitorum, peroneals) and I notice more popping when I have an injury than when I don't. This is just observation, but I would still be careful.
rankler
RE: Why is my ankle snapping? 12/5/2007 7:16PM - in reply to Yank Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
txRUNNERgirl,

I have the exact same thing. Did you ever have an inversion sprain of the ankle? 90-95% of ankle sprains are eversion sprains (rolled out), but occasionally you have an inversion sprain (rolling in).

From what I understand from my doctor, when that happens, the ligament tends to pull off a piece of bone. That piece of bone will then settle and scar tissue will develop around it. It's then a crapshoot as to whether it will settle somewhere that will cause pain or not. If it does, you may need PT or surgery. If not, it will often make a clicking noise.

I had an inversion sprain five summers ago, and worst of all didn't rest up and ice enough. I now have a clicking in my left ankle every few steps, especially if I have been sitting for a while. It also clicks when I rotate it. I don't have any pain, however, so the doctors have said to leave well enough alone. Five years later I'm still doing moderately high mileage on it with no problems other than weirding out some of my training partners.