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Thumb Index Finger Squeeze Test

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Other Names

  • Thumb Index Finger Squeeze Test


  • Evaluate the cause of foot and toe pain


  • The patient is seated with foot exposed
  • Thumb is placed on the dorsal aspect, index finger on the plantar aspect of the symptomatic intermetatarsal space
  • Examiner then squeezes the intermetatarsal space
    • Be careful to avoid applying pressure to the metatarsalphalangeal joint
  • Splaying of toes is a good indication that the test has been performed appropriately.
  • Positive test
    • Reproduction of patients pain



Mortons Neuroma

  • Mahadevan et al[1]
    • Sensitivity: 96%
    • Specificity: 100%
    • PPV: 100%
    • NPV: 33%
    • Diagnostic Accuracy: 96%

See Also


  1. Mahadevan, Devendra, et al. "Diagnostic accuracy of clinical tests for Morton's neuroma compared with ultrasonography." The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery 54.4 (2015): 549-553.
Created by:
John Kiel on 1 February 2022 16:46:42
Last edited:
1 February 2022 16:54:36