Laminitis -medical and orthopaedic aspects
The effect of laminitis on the foot can be catastrophic for the horse resulting in lameness, pathological changes and chronic damage to the suspensory apparatus of the foot. It is essential to understand how farriery can help from the first aid stage, through to recovery. At each stage and resulting in pathological changes, there are various orthopaedic options that can optimise the reattachment of the lamellae and improve the mechanical function of the foot. Once stabilisation of both the medical and orthopaedic aspects is achieved the foot begins the process of recovery. Visible signs of change, both positive and negative, can be observed, and need to be monitored. Understanding the external signs seen in the foot will help to direct the trimming and shoeing plan for each horse with both veterinarians and farriers able to contribute to the process.
- 1. The process of pathological changes within the foot
- 2. Orthopaedic options
- 3. Mechanical optimisation
- 4. External signs of recovery