Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Foot / shoe: examination

Contributor(s): Gordon Baker, Olin Balch, Simon Curtis, Graham Munroe, Vetstream Ltd

Introduction

  • Subclinical and clinical disease of the foot are a significant cause of poor performance or lameness.
  • Thorough examination of the foot is an essential component of the evaluation of any lameness.

Uses

Advantages

  • Minimal equipment needed.
  • Experience develops with time and practice.

Disadvantages

  • May not lead to a conclusive diagnosis.
  • Interpretation of pain responses may be very subjective.

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

  • Depends entirely on clinical findings.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Moyer W (1989) Clinical examination of the equine foot. Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract (1), 29-46 PubMed.
  • Johnson J H & Ackerman N (1975) Physical examination of the foot. Mod Vet Pract 56 (6), 402-403 VetMedResource.
  • Szabuniewicz M (1969) Use of the hoof hammer and its handle in diagnosing lameness in horses. Vet Med Small Anim Clin 64 (7), 618-627 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Parks A (2010)Examination of the Equine Foot.In:Proc 57th AAEP Convention. San Antonio, Texas.
  • Bowker R M (2003)Contrasting Structural Morphologies of "Good" and "Bad" Footed horses.In:Proc 49th AAEP Convention.New Orleans, Louisiana. pp 186-209.
  • Redden R F (2003)Clinical and Radiographic Examination of the Equine Foot.In:Proc 49th AAEP Convention.pp 169-185.


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