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Ankle Pain and Cracking

The ankles are incredibly critical parts of the human body. Not only do they connect the feet to the lower leg, they enable the foot to move upward and downward. Sometimes, individuals will notice that the ankles can crack and pop. The medical term for this phenomenon is crepitus. When an individual’s ankle pops and it does not cause pain, there is a good chance that the popping is merely caused by the release of gas from the joints. Alternatively, the popping could be a result of tendons rubbing over the ankle. However, when an individual’s ankle pops and causes the individual pain, then this potentially could be indicative of a more serious problem. In this case, it is always best to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you identify and treat the problem. Contact a podiatrist today for more information.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Afsha Naimat-Shahzad, DPM from Leander Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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


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