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The bones of the ankle are surprisingly strong. It takes a significant amount of force to break them.
Although it would be possible to break some bones if full force of the Ankle Lock were applied, it would be unlikely. The person applying the hold would have to be very strong, and the person in the hold would need to be very weak in the legs.
The majority of the damage will come from torn ligaments. The ligaments that attach to the bones are not loose. The are stretched very tight in order to keep all the bones where they are supposed to be.
By twisting and turning the foot, the ligaments could potentially be torn off the bones or be torn. Depending on the severity of the tear, surgery may or may not be required.
The person suffering the injury would require time off to heal but would likely not suffer any permanent problems once healing is complete.
Part seven will be next week.
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Louie Babcock has over five years experience working in emergency medicine, and is studying biology and health science at the University of Minnesota.
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