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Copelands Test

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Other Names

  • Copeland's test


Demosntration of Copeland's test[1]


  • The patient is prone with feet hanging off the examination table
  • A sphygmanometer cuff is placed around the widest part of the calf and with the foot in plantar flexion
    • The cuff is inflated to a pressure of 100 mm Hg.
  • Normal test
    • If the tendon is intact, dorsiflexion of the foot will cause the pressure to rise to 140 mm Hg.
  • Positive test
    • The pressure remains unaltered if the tendon is ruptured.



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Copeland, S. A. "Rupture of the Achilles tendon: a new clinical test." Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 72.4 (1990): 270.
Created by:
John Kiel on 17 May 2021 15:40:25
Last edited:
25 March 2023 08:25:50