Achilles Tendon Injury: Calf Squeeze Test

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The calf squeeze test can identify an Achilles tendon rupture. This test may be done while you are kneeling on a chair with your feet hanging down over the edge of a chair, or lying face down with your feet hanging over the edge of the table, or lying face down with your knee bent up to 90 degrees. While you are in one of these positions, your doctor will squeeze your calf.

  • If the Achilles tendon is still attached, your foot will flex downward.
  • If the tendon is ruptured, your foot will not move.
  • If there is a partial tear, the calf squeeze test may be normal.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Current as ofMay 23, 2016