Achilles Squeeze Test is an ankle examination procedure that is used to detect rupture of the Achilles tendon.
Patient should be awake and cooperative during an Achilles Squeeze test.
- Patient should be in a supine lying position with both ankles relaxed and feet hanging over the edge of the examination table.
- The examiner squeezes the calf with his hand.
- The examiner checks for unusual movement of the Achilles heel.
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.
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.