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.
Chondromyxoid fibroma is a rare benign tumor derived from cartilage. The classic site of involvement is usually the metaphyseal ends of the long tubular bones, such as the tibia. The majority of these tumors are seen in the lower extremities during the second and third decades of life. Local recurrence of the tumor in bone is not uncommon, while soft tissue recurrence is less frequent. Most younger patients and those with recurrent tumors tend to have the mucinous type. This case is somewhat classic in nature. The tumor was originally seen in the second decade of life and was of the mucinoid type. Bone grafting was necessary because of the size and location of the tumor.