Anterior Drawer Test of the ankle

 Anterior Drawer Test of the ankle

What is Anterior Drawer Test of the ankle?

  • Anterior Drawer Test of the ankle is used to evaluate Injuries to the anterior talofibular ligament
  • It’s also used to evaluate Anterior Talofibular Ligament injury and/ or ligamentous instability

How it's Performed?

  • The patient lies supine with the foot relaxed.
  • the examiner stabilizes the tibia and fibula, holds the patient’s foot in 20° of plantar flexion, and draws the talus forward in the ankle mortise

What does a positive Anterior Drawer Test of the ankle mean?

  • POSITIVE TEST
    • Excessive anterior translation.
    • Sometimes, a dimple appears over the area of the anterior talofibular ligament on anterior translation (dimple or suction sign) if pain and muscle spasm are minimal

Sensitivity & Specificity

  • Sensitivity: 74 %
  • Specificity: 38 %



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