The clicking and popping may be caused by catching on soft tissue or scar tissue within the knee. This kind of popping is often a sign that you have a meniscus tear or that a small piece of loose cartilage is caught in the knee. You would most likely feel this kind of popping pain come and go.
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Start with isometric strengthening exercises for quadriceps and hamstrings and proceed to isotonic exercises and try to check your vitamin d 3 levels checked along with it continue with it multivitamin suppliments along with calcium rich diet and regular theraband exercises would help.
For precautionary measure you can start up by warming up with hopping and doing calf, hams and quads stretching and then start running.
After finishing running you can do same stretchings and then rest.
If you do not feel uncomfortable, wearing knee caps(Knee support) is an advantage for you.
Get your thyroid profile, cbc, blood sugar fasting checked from some lab.
In the meanwhile follow this 1. Don't take tea empty stomach. Eat something like a banana (if you are not diabetic) or any seasonal fruit or soaked almonds and a glass of water first thing in the morning (within 10 mins of waking up). No only biscuits or rusk will not do. 2. Don't overeat 3. Take your breakfast every day. Don't skip it. U should eat whatever your mother or grandparent eat in bfast. I mean to say whatever is your traditional food. If punjabi eat paratha, if belongs to south then take idli/ dosa etc.
4. Have light meals every 2 hours (in addition to your breakfast, lunch n dinner) e.g. Nariyal paani, chaach, a handful of dry fruits, a handful of peanuts, any fresh n seasonal fruit (eat whole fruit not juice), a cup of curd/milk etc
5. Take simple food like rice n dal in dinner. Finish your dinner at least 2 hours before going to sleep.
6. Maintain active life style7. Avoid fast foods, spicy n fried foods, carbonated beverages
8. Take a lot of green vegetables n fruit. 9. Drink lot of water.10. Everyday preferably sleep on same time
exercise in the form of yoga, cycling, swimming, gym etc.
For more details, you can consult me.