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Stabilization Test

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Other Names

  • Stabilization Test
  • Ankle Stabilization Test


Clinical demonstration of stabilization test[1]
  • Evaluate for High Ankle sprain
    • Most useful to confirm diagnosis during the subacute or chronic phase of injury once acute swelling and pain have subsided


  • Examiner tightly applying several layers of 1.5-in athletic tape just above the ankle joint to stabilize the distal syndesmosis
  • The patient is then asked to stand, walk, and perform a toe raise and jump
  • Positive test
    • Maneuvers are less painful after taping



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Molinari, A., M. Stolley, and A. Amendola. "High ankle sprains (syndesmotic) in athletes: diagnostic challenges and review of the literature." The Iowa orthopaedic journal 29 (2009): 130.
Created by:
John Kiel on 16 July 2021 00:42:17
Last edited:
23 May 2023 16:47:17