Assesses for ruptured Achilles tendon
Performing the Test
Patient prone with foot overhanging table, calf muscle squeezed at middle third, just below widest part
Normal result: plantar movement of foot
Positive test: no plantar movement of foot, indicates severance of achilles tendon
Sensitivity: 96%; specificity: 93%
Magee D. Orthopedic Physical Assessment. 1st ed. Philadelphia:Saunders; 1986.
Baxter S, ed., McScheffrey G, ed. Toronto Notes: Comprehensive Medical Reference & Review for MCCQE 1 & USMLE 2. 26th ed. Toronto: Toronto Notes for Medical Students Inc; 2010.