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    Old 04-16-2010, 05:04 AM   #1
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    Cracking or popping joints?

    I have cracked my knuckles quite a lot in the past and have read that this can cause damage especially to grip strength. I crack my toes a lot as well and my ankles usually crack naturally when I stand up. Is this damaging or is it perfectly natural for the human joints to do this?

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    Old 04-16-2010, 05:09 AM   #2
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    Re: Cracking or popping joints?

    it's a myth that popping your joints/knuckles with damage them. you are causing no problems. Pop away!

     
    Old 04-16-2010, 05:11 AM   #3
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    Re: Cracking or popping joints?

    Are you inactive for the most part? I am, and I have creeking and cracking all over the place. To me, it's embarrasing. I'm too young to be cracking all over the place! The worst are my ankles. When I was taking dance, they cracked all the time. People claimed not to hear them, but they were so loud, I doubt they didn't. Doctor said it's because I don't exercise much and said that once I got into a routine, I should notice less cracking.

    As far as knuckle cracking- I've been doing it my whole life, but I've also heard that it is bad for you. And as for toes, as an ex-dancer (ballet, not pole LOL), I crack them all the time too. I'm sure its not great for you, but I don't know the long term results

     
    Old 04-16-2010, 08:34 AM   #4
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    Re: Cracking or popping joints?

    I'm fairly active and I'm still young. I usually play sports once a week. It sounds like nothing to worry about.

     
    Old 04-17-2010, 04:48 AM   #5
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    Re: Cracking or popping joints?

    I'm a tennis player so I wish to know if cracking knuckles can cause any damage to the hand.

     
    Old 04-17-2010, 05:42 AM   #6
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    Re: Cracking or popping joints?

    No, popping any joint - fingers, wrists, knees, back, feet, toes, etc - will not damage it.

     
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    Re: Cracking or popping joints?

    the popping is a release of air from the joint fluid.

     
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