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Bunion surgery. Coloured bilateral frontal X-ray of the feet of a 24-year-old woman following surgery for bunions. The implanted screws are visible in the bones of the large toes. A bunion (hallux valgus) is a deformity characterised by sideways deviation of the big toe, creating a protruding joint between the toe and the metatarsal bone. The surgery (a bunionectomy) involves the placement of screws to preserve the straightening of the joint.
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