Squeeze Test

 Squeeze Test

What is Squeeze Test?

The squeeze test (also known as the fibular compression test or Distal Tibiofibular Compression) is used for evaluation of an injury to the tibiofibular syndesmosis.

See Also: Ankle and Foot Anatomy

How do you do a Squeeze Test?

What does a positive Squeeze Test mean?

Sensitivity & Specificity

A Comparative Study by Paulo Céesar de César 1 to determine the sensitivity and specificity of external rotation test and squeeze test for syndesmotic injury secondary to lateral ankle sprain:

Related Anatomy

The joint is stabilized by four ligaments, collectively known as the syndesmotic ligaments, these include:

  1. The inferior interosseous ligament,
  2. The anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament
  3. The posterior inferior tibiofibular ligament,
  4. The inferior transverse ligament.

Of these ligaments, the inferior interosseous ligament is the primary stabilizer.

distal tibiofibular joint
Distal tibiofibular joint


  1. de César PC, Avila EM, de Abreu MR. Comparison of magnetic resonance imaging to physical examination for syndesmotic injury after lateral ankle sprain. Foot Ankle Int. 2011 Dec;32(12):1110-4. doi: 10.3113/FAI.2011.1110. PMID: 22381194.
  2. Clinical Tests for the Musculoskeletal System, Third Edition book.
  3. Mark Dutton, Pt . Dutton’s Orthopaedic Examination, Evaluation, And Intervention, 3rd Edition Book.

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