Testing the Dorsiflexion (immobility) of the Ankle for the Squat with the Lunge Test

Testing the Dorsiflexion (immobility) of the Ankle for the Squat with the Lunge Test

Testing the Dorsiflexion (immobility) of the Ankle for the Squat with the Lunge Test

Ankle Mobility - Ohio Fitness Garage

How to measure ankle dorsiflexion?

When you perform the squat does your heel lift?  Squatting is a very technical exercise; it is important to keep your heels planted. When a person has dorsiflexion issues, they can cause a slew of injuries when performing this exercise.  It is important to perform mobility exercises, but if you don’t have a tool to measure your progress how are you going to measure your gains?  There are two tests that can be used to measure your dorsiflexion angle: one is to measure the joint with a Goniometer or the other method is the Lunge test.  Using a goniometer can be inaccurate if the user is not skilled in using one.  I don’t suggest using this method.  I will not explain how to use this method.

 

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How to Perform Lunge Test (Knee to Wall Test)?

  1. Stand and place your foot perpendicular to the wall with your big toe forward.
  2. Lean your knee forward in the same plane of your big toe without letting your knee fall to the left or right.
  3. Touch your knee to the wall. The goal is to find the maximum distance your knee can touch the wall while keeping your heel on the ground.
  4. Measure the distance from your big toe to the wall.
  5. Repeat on your other foot.

A normal range of motion is about 9.5 cm or 4 inches.

By performing this test, you will have a benchmark to evaluate whether your current programming to increase your range of motion in your ankle is successful.

 Source:  Bennell KL, Talbot RC, Wajswelner H, Techovanich W, Kelly DH, Hall AJ. Intra-rater and inter-rater reliability of a weight-bearing lunge measure of ankle dorsiflexionAust J Physiother. 1998;44(3):175–180


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