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Achilles Tendon Injury: Calf Test
The calf squeeze test (also called the Thompson or the Simmond's 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.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine|
|Last Revised||January 3, 2011|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 3, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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