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Foot block: technique

Contributor(s): Nick Bell, Sophie Mahendran , Roger Blowey

Introduction

  • Blocks applied to sound claws improve the cure rate, comfort and locomotion of bovines with claw lesions.

Uses

Advantages

  • Painful and diseased claw raised off the ground during standing and locomotion.

Disadvantages

  • More weight is applied through the claw with the block applied.
  • An incorrectly applied block may result in complications.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Determined by lesion being treated.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Thomas H J, Miguel-Pacheco G G, Bollard N J, Archer S C, Bell N J, Mason C, Maxwell O J R, Remnant J G, Sleeman P, Whay H R & Huxley J N (2015) Evaluation of treatments for claw horn lesions in dairy cows in a randomized controlled trial. Journal of dairy science 98, 4477–4486 PubMed.
  • Thomas H J, Miguel-Pacheco G G, Bollard N J, Archer S C, Bell N J, Mason C, Maxwell O J R, Remnant J G, Sleeman P, Whay H R & Huxley J N (2014) Evaluation of four treatments for claw horn lesions in dairy cows. Journal of dairy science 98, 4477–4486 PubMed.
  • Blowey R, Girdler C & Thomas C (1999) Persistence of foot blocks used in the treatment of lame cows. Veterinary record 144, 642 VetMedResource.
  • Pyman M F (1997) Comparison of bandaging and elevation of the claw for the treatment of foot lameness in dairy cows. Australian veterinary journal 75, 132 PubMed.
  • Blowey R (1996) Cowslips: the alternative to the foot block. Bovine practitioner 51.

Other sources of information

  • Rollins T. Techniques for the modification of foot-blocks(cowslips) in the treatment of complicated claw lesions. In: XI International Symposium on Disorders of the Ruminant Digit and III International Conference on Bovine Lameness. Parma, Italy. pp 264.


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