Assesses stability of the lateral ligament complex (anterior talofibular ligament, posterior talofibular ligament and calcaneofibular ligaments)

Performing the Test

  1. Patient: supine, ankle started in slight plantar flexion
  2. Examiner: stabilizes tibia with one hand, anteriorly glides calcaneus and talus on stabilized tibia
    • Often best done with foot hanging over edge of bed
  3. Positive test: excessive anterior movement of talus indicating ankle instability
  4. Sensitivity: 78%; Specificity: 75%
  5. LR+ 3.1, LR- 0.29


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