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Shoe Removal Maneuver

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Other Names

  • Shoe Removal Maneuver
  • Shoe Removal Test
  • Take Off The Shoe Test


Demonstration of the Shoe Removal Maneuver[1]
  • Evaluate the Popliteus muscle as a cause of knee pain


  • Patient instructed to removal contralateral shoe by internally rotated affected leg to reach the contralateral heel
    • Essentially, what you would do to remove the shoe while standing
  • Positive test
    • Reproduction of the patients pain
  • Note: Symptoms are best reproduced by allowing the patient to exercise just prior to physical exam



Hamstring Strain

  • Reiman et al[1]
    • Sensitivity: 100%
    • Specificity: 100%
    • LR+: 280
    • LR-: 0.00

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Reiman MP. Loudon JK ,Goode AP. Diagnostic Accuracy of Clinical Tests for Assessment of Hamstring Injury: A Systematic Review. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2013;43:4:222-231
Created by:
John Kiel on 2 January 2022 17:22:10
Last edited:
21 May 2023 16:08:03