Posterior Drawer Test of the ankle

 Posterior Drawer Test of the ankle

  • Posterior Drawer Test of the ankle is used to test for Posterior Talofibular ligament injury and/or ligamentous instability

  • Patient is supine with foot relaxed
  • Examiner stabilizes tibia and fibula with one hand
  • With the Patient’s foot plantar flexed to 20 degrees, the Examiner holds the patient’s calcaneus with other hand then distracts the calcaneus from the tibia and fibula ( by slowly pulling the calcanues inferiorly)
  • Examiner places an posteriorly directed pressure on the calcaneus and talus, applying overpressure at the end of the passive range.

  • POSITIVE SIGN
    • Ligamentous laxity or rupture with Presence of sulcus and pain, and/ or
    • Excessive posterior translation of the talus.


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