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Cracking my ankles. - September 19th 2009, 04:53 AM

I can NOT stop doing it.
They don't crack when I walk or anything, but I need to keep cracking my left one every few seconds or minutes. I can't even fall asleep because of it. Does anyone have any ideas on how to stop?!??!

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Re: Cracking my ankles. - September 19th 2009, 07:07 PM

Hi Mel,

Thats sort of like when people crack their knuckles. Try not to think about it at all. If your still needing to do it, then think about going to see your doctor about it. He/she might be the best for that kinda of stuff.


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Re: Cracking my ankles. - September 20th 2009, 12:22 AM

Hey There,

I found this site that you may be interested in: http://www.mtnviewhospital.com/Healt...20Behavior.htm

It's about how to deal with addictive behaviour.

Some pointers:
-try to have someone remind you to not to do it when they notice that you are trying to. Support from a friend will help cut down your addictive behaviour.
-Maybe try to have reminders every where telling you that you should not go about cracking your ankles.
-Try wearing a brace on your ankles to make it harder to crack because if you realise that it's harder to crack you may not go about trying to do it.
-Also try replacing this addiction with a healthier one. Like when you feel like you need to crack your ankle maybe chew a piece of gum instead, or eat a carrot
-One last thing is to try to associate cracking your ankle with something bad. For example say you don't like chocolate, everytime you crack your ankle eat a piece of chocolate and it will hopefully have you associate it with something bad.

If it becomes too much, then I would suggest seeing your doctor about this. Talking with a doctor they may be able to help you out a bit more.
I hope that this helped.

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