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My knees click going up and down stairs

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 02, 2011 at 10:38 AM

No pain they just make an audible click and only when I go up or down stairs, any thoughts?

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on August 12, 2011
at 02:39 PM

I would try to get off dairy. I am also off nightshades. I think getting off dairy helped me most. It seems really inflammatory for me and don't help my joints at all. Although I really love cheese and cream and yogurt so I still have some of those when I really want it.

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on August 12, 2011
at 07:02 AM

I had the same thing, clicking with some minor pain, and it disappeared after a few weeks of paleo.

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:20 PM

I also bicycle a lot so maybe as Kamal says, the balanced training helped me.

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:18 PM

There are a few reasons for a clicking/popping sound.

The most common is crepitus, which typically occurs because of gas buildup in a joint. This is often not very harmful, if at all. However, it may be due to cartilage erosion.

Clicking can also occur when a tendon or ligament is snapping across a bony surface. This is not great, as the soft tissue will slowly erode over time.

Knee clicking can be due to hypermobility of the patella. A solution for this is strengthening the muscles around the kneecap. I don't know much about the anatomy, but have heard anecdotally that balanced training (for example, working the hamstrings equally) may help for some reason.

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on June 02, 2011
at 12:50 PM

I have been diagnosed with Chondromalatia paetella .. which essentially means my knee caps do not move properly. For years I have suffered with not being able to bend my knees properly and the pain was always worse coming DOWN stairs than going up- which is why Docs took a while to figure it out . Normal Arthritis would cause the opposite problem.. since starting CrossFit and eating Paleo .. all of my symptoms are gone. I also did do acupuncture for a year before and that helped as well. My belief is that FISH OIL and regular exercise are the key to getting rid of symptoms like these.

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on August 13, 2011
at 02:22 AM

I've had this for a couple of years now - actually, only my right knee clicks when I squat or climb stairs. There's no pain at all so I haven't bothered checking it with a doctor.

Eating paleo haven't changed this and I doubt it's related to food. I would say it's not crepitus in my case, because it sounds more like a "mechanical" pop - it's probably related to cartilage.

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:03 PM

I have always had creaky knees with various clicks and pops, especially when standing up from a sitting position. The two things that helped a lot were going Paleo and vitamin D supplements. The vitamin D especially I think had a huge impact. I started with 400IU per day, then 800IU, and today I started taking the 5000IU from iherb.com. Lots of threads here about vitamin D supplementation.

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on June 02, 2011
at 11:28 AM

Your question made me just realize that since going paleo a little over a month ago, mine have stopped doing that.

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on August 12, 2011
at 07:02 AM

I had the same thing, clicking with some minor pain, and it disappeared after a few weeks of paleo.

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on December 02, 2012
at 01:06 AM

If your just getting a POP like click, with no pain don't worry about it, its natural and healthy as its just a build up of nitrogen,oxygen and carbon dioxide gases in the synovial fluid due to inactivity, and the POP is just them air bubbles dissipating.

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on August 12, 2011
at 02:37 PM

I'm snap crackle pop in the knee area as well. Avid cyclist and CF'er, ex-competitive swimmer and have always had 'em. I found this:

http://www.mobilitywod.com/2011/06/episode-267365-mobrx-for-lound-creaky-knees.html

and it's been helpful. Just say no to Crepitus! :)

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on August 12, 2011
at 02:02 PM

Knee-clicking can also be a related to torn cartilage, like the lateral miniscus. If you put pressure on the knee by doing a deep squat, does the clicking turn into more of a pop, or a minor knee lock? If so, you should get an MRI to diagnose the damage, which might require surgery. Probably a worst-case scenario, but I ignored this for years until the damage kept getting worse.

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on August 11, 2011
at 11:12 PM

I'm experiencing this type of clicking too, there are a lot of things that can cause it(according to clicking knee)

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:40 PM

Kent, i also broke my ankle once, and it makes clicks every step too. I wonder about the knees clicking tho. Maybe muscle imbalance, maybe not. It used to do that even when i was very fit and taking care muscle imbalances when i did road cycling.

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:18 PM

I used to have this years ago. Never hurt at all, just made a clicking sound on the stairs, exactly like you say. I was going to Bikram yoga for a while and the poses where you basically stand flexing your quads and "lock your knee" as they call it helped me a lot. Don't have clicking anymore, and I haven't been to Bikram class in years either.

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:20 PM

I also bicycle a lot so maybe as Kamal says, the balanced training helped me.

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:03 PM

My ankle clicks with nearly every step. It's done that since I broke it 30 years ago.

My knees click when I squat. I attribute that to just getting older :)

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on June 02, 2011
at 12:58 PM

could be hip disfunction IMO. Possible lack of engagement of gluteus medius

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on June 02, 2011
at 12:26 PM

My knees used to click. I took some manganese supplements for awhile. The knees stopped clicking.

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on June 02, 2011
at 11:33 AM

I have had this my whole life and it hasnt stopped even after 6 months of paleo. Could it be some sort of food intolerance issue, like from nightshades?

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on August 12, 2011
at 02:39 PM

I would try to get off dairy. I am also off nightshades. I think getting off dairy helped me most. It seems really inflammatory for me and don't help my joints at all. Although I really love cheese and cream and yogurt so I still have some of those when I really want it.

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