Swing Test

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Purpose[edit | edit source]

To detect Posterior Tibiotalar Subluxation. This is a passive test.

Technique[edit | edit source]

Patient Position - Supine/Sitting

Therapist Position - In front of the patient

The therapist places his hand on the dorsum of the foot with thumbs on the talus and fingers placed parallel to the floor. With the thumbs, the examiner palpates the anterior portion of the talus. The examiner then passively plantarflexes and dorsiflexes the foot and compares the quality and degree of movement between feet, especially dorsiflexion. A positive test indicates resistance to dorsiflexion in injured ankle.[1]


Evidence[edit | edit source]

There are no studies on the reliability and specficity of the swing test. Although there are some researches that mention the test[3].

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magee DJ. Orthopedic physical assessment-E-Book. Elsevier Health Sciences; 2014 Mar 25.
  2. CRTechnologies. Swing Test (CR). Available from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QOIUpmSEjw[last accessed 9/2/2022]
  3. Blood SD: Treatment of the sprainened ankle. J Am Osteopathic Assoc 79:680–692, 1980.