Bunion after surgery, X-ray

Bunion after surgery, X-ray

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Caption: Bunion after surgery, coloured X-ray. A bunion is a deformity of the big toe, often caused by pressure from ill-fitting shoes. In this bunion, the first metatarsal (the bone in the sole beneath the big toe) was compacted into the second metatarsal. Surgical treatment can correct this, making the bones more evenly spaced. After surgery the foot must be immobilised for up to two months to allow the bones and muscles to set in their new position.

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