Indications

Achilles Squeeze Test is an ankle examination procedure that is used to detect rupture of the Achilles tendon.

Procedure

Patient should be awake and cooperative during an Achilles Squeeze test.

  1. Patient should be in a supine lying position with both ankles relaxed and feet hanging over the edge of the examination table.
  2. The examiner squeezes the calf with his hand.
  3. The examiner checks for unusual movement of the Achilles heel.

Patient lies prone with both ankles relaxed and feet hanging over the edge and the Examiner then squeezes the calf with his hand.

Interpretation

Positive Achilles Squeeze Test

There are three interpretations for the Achilles Squeeze test:

  • No movement of the foot when the calf is squeezed = rupture achilles tendon
  • Downward flexion of the foot when the calf is squeezed; Achilles tendon is still attached.
  • The test is normal if there is a partial tear.

Clinical Notes

This test should be performed by a professional health care practitioner. Compression on the tendon could cause pain and discomfort so it must be done carefully.