Popping in bottom of foot related to being NWB?

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Hi I broke my left lateral malleous ankle bone in mid-January and was NWB until the beginning of March. These forums really helped me through the weeks and weeks of being on complete bed rest, so first of all, thank you to everyone who shared their stories and advice.

I've been walking fine on my own for about a month and a half now... However, from the moment I've been able to FWB, I've had popping on the bottom of my foot (apparently right where the sesamoid bone would be located) which has decreased as time has gone on but it still pops occasionally. It doesn't hurt at all and in fact provides a small sense of relief.

Has anyone else experienced this? I've tried to look extensively into this to see if it is common or at least not unexpected, but I have found zero results involving the bottom of the foot popping without pain after being NWB.


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    Thanks for your info.  Mine pops now and I haven’t had the surgery yet. I have to get a second opinion first. The dr wants to fuse my ankle on the left foot. It would be permanent. I wouldn’t be able to move my foot sideways, just up and down. I’m sorry I didn’t know what the group of letters meant in your conversation. I’m glad your doing well now, except for piping .
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    Welcome back to the fraternity of walking humanity. It can be a challenging journey but there you are.

    After recovering from my bimalleolar fracture I did notice occasionally a little noise in the ankle, particularly when doing my ankle exercises--- snap, crackle, or pop. There was no pain, and like you, I felt a like a little pressure was relieved when it happened.

    I believe it is harmless, and may be related to 'normal' build up of gases in recovering ankle tissues.

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    Your probably right. At least your walking without pain. I just hope I’m going to the right doctor. Ugh!
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    I had that a few times and my dr said it was scar tissue breaking up and was normal and not harmful. It never does it any more. It’s been 4 months since break/surgery for me.
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