Why do my ankles pop?

Aaron K. Mates, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Aaron Mates, MD from Medical Center of Trinity explains why some people’s ankles pop while walking. Watch this video to learn more.
Paul J. Switaj, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
That ankle popping can be quite concerning. Watch this video with Paul Switaj, MD from Reston Hospital Center to learn what causes random popping in the joints.
Conan R. Parke, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
Most of the time ankles pop because of tendons snapping back into place around the ankle, says Conan Parke, DPM, from MountainView Hospital. Watch this video to learn more.

This popping or grinding that you hear is called crepidus. Generally, this is caused by cartilage, a tissue that lines the joints, surfaces rubbing together or may even be due to tendon movement over bony surfaces. If pain is associated with these noises, you should consult a medical professional.

(This answer provided for NATA by Kathryn J. Larko, MPA, ATC, CES.)

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If your ankles pop painlessly, you probably don't have a health problem, but painful ankle popping often signifies a more serious condition. In this video, Dr. Oz, Dr. Mike Clark, and Dr. Vonda Wright discuss what ankle pain could mean for your body.

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