Achilles Tendon Injury: Calf Squeeze Test

Achilles Tendon Injury: Calf Squeeze Test

Topic Overview

The calf squeeze test can identify an Achilles tendon rupture. While you are kneeling on a chair with your legs hanging over the edge, or lying face down with your lower legs bent up 90 degrees, your doctor will squeeze your calves.

  • 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
Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Last RevisedJanuary 3, 2013

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