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Why Does My Ankle Crack?

Ankle injuries, particularly sprains, can be debilitating, causing pain and making it difficult to move. After a sprain, some patients may notice a cracking or popping sensation. Ankle cracking often affects those who have experienced multiple ankle sprains because repeated injuries can lead to instability in the joint. Over time, the ligaments that support the ankle become worn down, stretched, and weakened. As a result, they can no longer hold the bones securely in place. When the bones move back into their natural positions, a cracking or popping sound results. Attempting to self-diagnose or treat the issue can lead to further and far more serious complications. Tests such as X-rays can offer a more detailed view of the condition, and the treatment for ankle cracking will depend on the severity of the injury. In many cases, nonsurgical approaches can effectively manage the condition. In extreme cases, surgery may be a necessity. If you experience ankle cracking after a sprain, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam, diagnosis, and treatment plan.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM from Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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