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
If there is a partial tear, the calf squeeze test may be
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine