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The tension band converts tensile forces on the lateral side into compression forces.

To be able to use a tension band, the opposite cortex needs to have contact and be able to resist compression.


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The figure-of-eight wire loop lies on the lateral surface of the lateral malleolus and acts as a tension band when tightened.

Choose a wire of sufficient strength to withstand the tensile forces generated in the figure-of-eight loop (0.8 mm).