The anterior drawer test is a physical examination maneuver used to assess the integrity of the ligaments of the ankle. It is performed by grasping the foot and talus in one hand and pulling the foot forward while stabilizing the heel with the other hand.
A positive test is indicated by excessive forward movement of the talus on the tibia, which suggests a tear of the anterior talofibular ligament.
The test is most accurate when performed by an experienced examiner and should be interpreted in conjunction with other clinical findings.
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