Hello Everyone. My name is Clay and I have constant popping sensation in my left ankle and when it pops, there is pain that follows. Before I go any further, one should know that in 1997 maybe 1998 during a training exercise I sprained my left ankle. Since the sprain I have jumped out of airplanes, had five hip surgeries, and radio frequency burnings of my nerves. I have had this condition for about ten to eleven years now. I have allowed two orthopedic doctor’s look at my ankle. I have had numerous x-rays and MRI’s and they have proven nothing. I have been told that there is nothing that can be done because I have pre-arthritis. I accepted this diagnosis up until about four years ago when an MRI revealed I had a torn meniscus and I finally got surgery to repair this meniscus January 10th, 2012. I am beginning to lose trust and faith in my orthopedic doctors. I have been doing research and found on an unnamed website that explains, “If you have pain associated with the cracking joints, then you should be evaluated to make sure there is not an underlying problem. But the average snapping ankles, or creaking knees is not a problem.” That seems like a contradiction to me, but I am trying to be an accountant not a doctor. My problem is the pain and quality of life. I live with constant pain and I am would greatly appreciate suggestions that I can improve my quality of life. I have researched possible ankle problems ranging from….Tendinitis, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (TTS), Sciatica, Blockage of Blood Vessels, Cartilage Issues, Infection in the Ankle Joint, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Rhuematoid Arthritis, and or Reiter Syndrome. Am I seeing the wrong type of doctor? Again, can someone please suggest anything that may improve my quality of life? I would appreciate any suggestion no matter how large or small. If I able to receive an ounce of pain relief, that would be a step in the right direction.
Thank you very much.