As we get older, even the most well-maintained bodies will experience some natural degeneration in their joints. This can lead to cracking or popping sounds or sensations in your ankles when you stand up off the couch. These sounds and sensations typically aren’t anything to worry about, but if pain is present during these movements, it’s a different story. In today’s blog, we look at some of the reasons why you may be experiencing creaking or popping in your ankle joints as you age, and how to treat any pain that accompanies these sensations.
Why Are My Ankle Joints Popping?
Your ankle joints can start to creak or pop for a number of different reasons, some more mundane than the others. This sensation is actually known by the medical name crepitus, and it can develop as a result of:
- Small nitrogen bubbles in the spaces between your joints that can become more noticeable if natural degenerative changes occur in the space.
- Muscles and tendons rubbing against the joints, sometimes caused by muscle tightness.
- Wear and tear on the flexible protective tissue at the end of the joint, leading to less fluid movement.
Again, some degeneration is natural as we age, but that degeneration can also speed up if you’re overweight, if you overstress certain joints without ample rest, or if you have poor form during activities. Moreover, if crepitus is accompanied by pain, it’s a sign that you should seek treatment, because it’s unlikely to get better on its own and it typically will only get worse. But what’s the best way to treat painful creaking joints?
Ankle Pain Specialist
Our team takes the time to get to know you and your daily activities so that we understand the full scope of how your ankle joints are affecting your whole life. This also allows us to provide the best recommendations for your specific care. No two patients are the same, and treatments are different for every individual, so let us find a solution to your unique joint pain.