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Old 03-14-2012, 02:04 AM   #1
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After ankle sprain popping sound

Hi everyone I sprained my ankle three weeks ago playing basketball. I believe it's a category 3 sprain. Heard a tearing/popping noise when it happened. Bruising is almost gone. Still cannot walk real well and on the inside of my foot just below the ball joint it's almost another ball has formed. The thing I'm worried about is every couple of minutes especially when I haven't moved for a while when I point my toes up my ankle pops disturbingly loud when it pops there is no pain. Is this normal during healing process. My job and lifestyle requires a lot of hiking in rough terrain this has me very worried. Any help or advise would be very appreciated. Thanks

 
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Re: After ankle sprain popping sound

Was your sprain an inversion (foot turned in, ankle out) or eversion (foot out, ankle in) sprain? You alluded to the inside of your foot there being an extra knot. Is the inside where you are hurting? Also when you point your toes up, where do you feel the popping? Outside or inside of the ankle? If its the outside, it very well could be your peroneal tendons subluxing or popping out of place. Mine did that and I had a tear in one of the tendons and just had surgery to repairs those and torn ligaments 3 wks ago.

 
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:19 AM   #3
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Re: After ankle sprain popping sound

It is hard to remember but I believe the outside of my foot went up inside went down and yes the knot is where the pain is mostly the outside of my foot still hurts also not as bad as the inside where the knot/ball is. When it pops its seems to be Coming from the rear outside part of my foot but basically feels to be coming from the center of my ankle. It is very loud when it pops. People that hear it are shocked that it was my ankle and that it is so loud. Thanks for the reply

 
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Re: After ankle sprain popping sound

Sounds like the popping is your peroneal tendons. They sit behind the ankle bone on the outside of the ankle. You need a complete work up by a foot/ankle orthopedic surgeon.

 
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Re: After ankle sprain popping sound

Yep, that's exactly what it sounds like. I am awaiting an appointment with a new surgeon after my old OS ignored my repeated complaints after suffering a calcaneal fracture. I went 18 months telling him about pain and such and he would just shrug and tell me to come back in 3 months. I asked my family doctor for a second opinion and was sent to a sport medicine clinic. Had my diagnosis in 3 weeks of subluxation of both peroneal tendons.

Hollywood, I would love to hear about your surgical experience and recovery, not much information around about it.

 
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Re: After ankle sprain popping sound

FIRELADY--I don't want to hijack dcarchibald's thread, but since It sounds like he has peroneal tendon issues and might face the same surgery, I will share briefly. I have had a fantastic,experience! Had a Brostrom-Gould to fix the torn ligaments and then repair of a shredded peroneus longus tendon and then he deepened the fibular groove so the tendons would stay in the groove and not pop out. To do this he had to drill in two spots and then depress the one and basically break it. Think hollowing out a log sort of. Outpatient, general anesthesia, no nerve block b/c my OS,doesn't do them routinely and I didn't want one, given morphine and antibiotics and sent home on Percocet for pain. 6 wks NWB in a cast (3 hard, 3 boot but I opted all 6 in hard casts for several reasons), all 6 on crutches. I kept it elevated and took meds every 4 hours for 3-4 days and then 1-2 times a day since. Not much swelling at both post-op visits. Got stitches out 3 days ago at 3 wk mark. Go back in 3 wks t get cast off and boot on and start PT. Even got a specialty purple and pink cast. Just a great experience. I did fall on it once and it hurt more, but OS said no damage done and pain went down. This is the 2nd time I've had the ligaments fixed, but first time for tendon repair and groove deepening. Even thought this surgery was more in depth and has a longer recovery time, it has so far *knock on wood* been a much better experience! When is your sx?

DCARCHIBALD--I hope you don't have to have surgery but please,read above and hopefully it will give you some insight should you find yourself in this position!!

 
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Re: After ankle sprain popping sound

Dcarhibald: The pain on the outside of your ankle sounds like your peroneal tendons. The popping sound could be your tendons sublaxing. Are you still having pain on the inside as well? You really need to see a foot and ankle specialist. They will get an MRI and determine what needs to be done to fix the problem(s). I sprained my ankle in August and although the MRI did NOT show any tears, I had a tear which was fixed by surgery.

 
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