Lunge Test

Lunge test:
• foot is placed perpendicular to wall and then lunge with the knee towards the wall
• foot is progressively moved away from the wall until the maximum range of dorsiflexion is reached without the heel leaving the ground
• can measure the distance of the foot from the wall or the angle of the tibial shaft
• advantage is that the test is performed weightbearing
• in all literature on this test, nothing is mentioned about keeping the subtalar joint neutral (pronation at STJ would increase apparent range)
• Bennell et al (1998) showed this method has excellent reliability

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