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what is the deal with cracking joints?
iv heard so many different explanations i stopped researching it and turned to the forums where real people will answer

im only 16 and my knees have been cracking for a while whenever i squat or bend them

no grinding, just one loud pop noise
(peddling on my bike or squatting to a 90 degree angle sometimes causes lots of discomfort and even a bit of pain; this is the part that worries me)

it didnt bother me much, but now my left ankle has been cracking just from walking

im trying to find out why joints crack and if they will ever stop

(nothing hurts, its just annoying) the knee is a regular crack but the ankle is more of a click and it seems to happen more/is more noticable at early morning and late night (maybe its only because my shoes are off?)
any ideas?

thanks in advance
There are many reasons your knees can make noises, it can be caused by cartilage, ligaments, muscles or tendons. No one can really tell you as we are not qualified to do so. Your best bet is to let your parents know and have you checked by your Pediatricion. They may do Xrays and then refer you to an orthopeadic doctor if necessary.

Do not let the doctors pass it off as "growing pains". I have a son who is now 20 and doctors told him that for many years (since he was about 12) and now come to find out his cartilage is damaged.

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