In this case presentation, an incision was made on the nonweightbearing surface of the hallux directly over the mass in question, just long enough to allow for the isolation of the entire mass. This permitted easier identification of the mass and enabled dissection of the abnormal tissue and excision of only the tumor with a minimum of tissue trauma. Healing was uneventful and expedient largely because of the reduced tissue handling. Prior to the advent of magnetic resonance imaging, this type of preoperative detailed surgical mapping would not have been possible. Continuing improvements in magnetic resonance imaging hold great and increasing promise.