Pain and cracking in right ankle
I was hoping to get a little bit of advice regarding some new pain that I have been developing in my right ankle. I have always had easy ankles to turn and sprain ever since I was young, and have always had some cracking and popping in that ankle since I was about 17, but never really had pain associated with it and have not had any recent trauma to it. However, it has recently begun to get very stiff, especially in the mornings and when I sit at my desk and not move it, and I've begun to experience pain in kind of on the front, right-hand side of the joint, especially when planting my foot on stairs or when pushing off on the foot hard, like when I run. The pain would be about a 3 on a scale of 1-10, but the pain also seems to spike when the joint cracks.
I have just visited a Podiatrist yesterday and he took an x-ray, which found no breaks and, from what he said, I have good spacing in the joint. He said he couldn't see any arthritis, but did bring up that this could be a pre-arthritic condition. He also said that he saw a very small bone spur, very close to where I feel the most pain, and that could be causing soreness in the soft tissue, but that there's not much that can be done about that other than surgery to kind of file down that spur, which he wouldn't recommend at this time based on its size.
Overall, I'm wondering if anyone has had any similar experiences to this and may have any advice to offer in terms of trying to help with the pain, but also if anyone has any other suggestions or reviews about what my doctor indicated to me yesterday. I'd love to hear back, as I definitely want to try to have my ankle in better shape as I prepare for my softball and baseball leagues in the spring!
Thanks very much!