A member asked:

I am experiencing ankle pain. my ankle cracks when i walk. can you tell me what's wrong?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Frank Holmes answered

Specializes in Sports Medicine

Need more info: Injury or no injury? Swelling or no swelling? Any overuse activities liking hiking, running or sports? Pain on the front, inside, outside or back? Cracking is not necessarily associated with the pain, or can be a sign of swelling, with enlarged soft tissues or fluid in the joint or around ligaments/tendons. If I can help, then join my care team at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes

Answered 6/9/2017


Dr. Karim Badawy answered

Specializes in Podiatry

OCD...: Hello, What you describe may be due to cartilage/bone injury in your ankle joint. Think OCD (Osteochondral Defect), pain with "clicking" may indicate this. Advanced imagining maybe warranted to rule this out. Consult a podiatrist or orthopedist.

Answered 6/5/2017



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