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Pinned foot. Coloured X-rays of the left foot of a female patient, showing pins and screws placed throughout all of the toes. Pinning is a common solution to mending broken bones, as the pins immobilise the joints and bring the two ends of a fractured bone back together in alignment for healing. It is important that a bone is correctly aligned if it is to heal properly and avoid future complications.
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