For approximately the last year I have been having problems with my right hip. I am experience pressure in the right hip socket and sometimes achyness in the joint. If I pick my leg up in the air I can crack my hip socket and it makes a loud thunk and relieves the pressure sometimes for up to an hour but then it comes back.
I also am experience knee and ankle pressure in the same leg from time to time and they crack as well. Also my foot on the same leg constantly has muscle spasms causing my toes to constantly curl and twitch.
I have been to the chriopractor for these issues which helped for approxiamtely one month and then returned back to normal. My chiropractor seemed to think that it was a muscle tightness issue but I tend to disagree because the pressure is deep in my joint in the hip socket.
Going to the doctor in a week any ideas as to what might be going on or what kind of tests or answer I might get from my doctor.
You could have a few things going on in the hip joint. You could have some degenerative changes of the articular cartilage. So, to the thunk, that could be the ball moving over defects of the articular cartilage.
It could also be coming from a snapping hip syndrome. This is caused by some of the tendons around the hip joint being very tight and snapping over each other.
Another problem, not too well known about, but has lately been noted by hip surgeons, is a labral tear or femoralacetabular impingement (FAI). The labrum is a cartilage rim around the outside of the socket (acetabulum), that acts to deepen the socket, making the hip joint more stable. But, it can detach from its attachment or it can tear. Occasionally, the torn labrum can flip into the joint, then the joint has to pop or whatever to get it out. This could be causing the sound and pain.
FAI is often associated with labral tears. It is where the neck of the femur abuts or impinges on the acetabulum. This impingement can cause pain.
Some spine problems can cause pain around the hip region also. Spine problems could also be causing the leg and foot problems.
The foot problems may be associated with the hip, coming from the spine, or they may be independent problems. Muscle spasms in the feet are very common. But, they should be checked out.
Not all physicians are up on all of the hip problems. If the physician does not do a thorough hip, foot, knee, and spine exam, and just says you have arthritis, tendonitis, or bursitis, you may want to see an orthopedic specialist.