Common questions

What does a positive Thompson test indicate?


What does a positive Thompson test indicate?

A positive test has been reported to indicate a complete rupture of the tendon,4 and the cited mechanical reason for the positive test (complete rupture) is the loss of integrity of the soleal part of the tendon.

What would a positive Thompson test look like?

The test result should be considered positive when the physical response to calf squeezing is aberrant and the foot fails to plantarflex owing to incongruity of the Achilles tendon.

What is Thompson test used for?

The Thompson test examines the integrity of the Achilles tendon by squeezing the calf. It is performed as a clinical test to identify the presence of a complete Achilles rupture.

Is Thompson test accurate?

The Thompson test is an accurate clinical test for diagnosing complete Achilles tendon ruptures. However, it might not be a useful test for diagnosing partial Achilles tendon ruptures.

How do I test my Achilles tendon?

The doctor might ask you to kneel on a chair or lie on your stomach with your feet hanging over the end of the exam table. He or she might then squeeze your calf muscle to see if your foot will automatically flex. If it doesn’t, you probably have ruptured your Achilles tendon.

How do you check if Achilles is torn?


  1. The feeling of having been kicked in the calf.
  2. Pain, possibly severe, and swelling near the heel.
  3. An inability to bend the foot downward or “push off” the injured leg when walking.
  4. An inability to stand on the toes on the injured leg.
  5. A popping or snapping sound when the injury occurs.

How accurate is Thompson test?

The sensitivity of the Thompson’s test for the diagnosis of a complete Achilles tendon rupture is 96-100% and the specificity is 93-100%, but data is limited.

What does Kleiger test for?

Kleiger’s test or external rotation is used for the diagnosis of a medial ankle sprain, to assess the deltoid ligament sprain and inferior tibiofibular syndesmotic sprain.

Can you walk with torn Achilles?

Patients with rupture of the Achilles tendon can still walk. Patients with rupture of the Achilles tendon can still actively move the ankle up and down. Patients with an Achilles tendon rupture may even manage to stand on tiptoes (on both feet together — though not on the injured limb alone).

Which the tendon is the strongest tendon in the body?

the Achilles tendon
The tendon is often injured in sports — either by direct trauma or by repeated small trauma or overuse. Sometimes the Achilles tendon is torn during a non-sports-related injury such as a fall. The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body.

Can you move your foot with a torn Achilles?