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What is Floppy Ankle Syndrome?

Matthew Neuhaus, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatrist, Board Certified Surgeon and Founder of Neuhaus Foot and Ankle

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4/22/2013
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Floppy ankle syndrome is nothing more than instability of the ankle. When you tear your ligament during an ankle sprain, the ligament will heal back, but sometimes it won’t heal back as tightly as it was before the injury.

When that happens, you get a little bit of movement in the ankle. Your ankle isn’t as tight as it was before the injury and it is more likely to flop over. The medical term is lateral ankle instability.

People suffering lateral ankle instability often complain of:

  • Chronic discomfort and swelling
  • Pain or tenderness
  • A repeated turning of the ankle, especially when participating in sports or on uneven surfaces

If you suffer from lateral ankle instability, taping your ankle or wearing an ankle brace can help. Physical therapy and stretching exercises may also be recommended. To reduce pain and inflammation, NSAIDs may be prescribed. However, remember to always consult a physician before taking any medication.

For more information, you can watch the video What Is Floppy Ankle Syndrome?

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