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Ankle External Rotation Test

Aka: Ankle External Rotation Test, Syndesmotic Stress Test
  1. Indications
    1. Suspected Syndesmotic Sprain of the ankle
  2. Technique
    1. Patient sits on exam table with knee flexed over edge of table
    2. Examiner stabilizes leg proximal to ankle
    3. Examiner uses other hand to grasp plantar foot and dorsiflex
    4. Rotate foot externally relative to tibia
  3. Interpretation
    1. Pain on external rotation suggests Syndesmotic Sprain

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