Why Does My Ankle Pop And What Can Be Done About It?

Ankle popping can be caused from several issues.  Commonly, a portion of the anterior tibiofibular ligament can be injured in an ankle sprain and hypertrophy (or become thickened).  This will cause the ligament to rub on the talar dome and sometimes cause the ankle to pop especially when the ankle is circumducted (or placed through a circular motion).  

Another common causes of popping around the ankle is peroneal subluxation syndrome.  This occurs if the extensor retinaculum is not holding the peroneal tendons in place.  Patients are also prone to this when the groove that the peroneal tendons are supposed to glide in on the fibula is congenitally more convex than concave.

When these issues are painful and limiting patients activity, they can be helped either minimally invasively by arthroscopic debridement or by deepening the groove in the fibula and repairing the extensor retinaculum.  If you are having popping in your ankles, call our foot and ankle surgeon today at 719-488-4664, so we can help you!

You Might Also Enjoy...

What is a Podiatrist?

Our podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons in Colorado Springs are here to help you with all of your family's foot and ankle needs!

Welcome Dr. Fleck!

We are very excited to announce that Dr. Joseph Fleck his joined Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado!

Lateral Ankle Pain Causes and Treatments

Lateral ankle pain around the fibula is a common reason patients come in to see us. There are multiple causes of pain over the outside portion of the ankle. This article reviews the causes and treatments of this.

Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine

Sports medicine injuries occur commonly on the lower extremity. You can read this article to find out more about different injury patterns and treatment options.

What Can Be Done With Bumps On The Feet?

Bumps on the feet are pretty common and often times arise from bunions, tailor's bunions, or bone spurs developing over arthritic joints. You can read this article to find out more.