Topic Overview

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

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD – Internal Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Bardana, MD, FRCSC – Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Current as ofMarch 21, 2017