Introduction to Podiatry
Lateral combo image of digital photo and radiograph (above)
We like to think of equine podiatry in terms of simply being better equipped to deal both with problems as relate they to the hoof and the hoof as it relates to problems. There is the preventative approach of documenting and monitoring multiple points of interest or parameters in regards to the hoof, as well as the competent, crisis mode of rescue wherein we draw upon knowledge and a plethora of tools in dealing with whatever comes our way (oh yeah... there’s even stuff... I mean therapeutic equipment, at Northern Tool and Home Depot that is very, very helpful in our therapeutic armory... “but honey... I need this Henrob, acetylene welding torch and 17 inch bandsaw in order to better take care of those poor, poor horses I love so”). Speaking of tools, digital radiography, with its on-the-spot image generation and software-enhanced image analysis, has helped tremendously with diagnoses, case assessments, and treatment initiatives. Continued, accruing, ultrasound knowledge and technique is also quite valuable as an adjunctive modality for soft tissue analysis. Sometimes the hoof hardness interferes with ultrasound imaging in that region, and we have to turn to MRI imaging for the final diagnosis of soft tissue injuries; for this option and nuclear bone scans, we still have to turn to referral institutions, where budgeting or insurance permits. Be sure to remember that those MRI machines make great, six-figure stocking-stuffers when you’re thinking of your vets around Christmas!
As you will see (much to the chagrin of the web designer), we are devoting a significant amount of space to the topic of podiatry; while nowhere close to being an exhaustive reference on the subject, we are very excited to make this site, as our goal, a very thorough and informative one. Products listed may not necessarily be things we offer, but more importantly things we like and use. Pathology will include most of the familiar topics associated with hoof lameness and probably some not-so-familiar conditions as well; you will have to bear with us on this subject, as we will add individual topics in newsletter fashion and subsequently archive them here. Case studies, likewise, will be added throughout the year on either a peculiarity aspect or as emphasis of a core concept. The intent will be to more rapidly accumulate specific pathology-topics and add in the occasional case study (the patient/owner names likely being changed so as to protect the ignorant... I mean innocent). Other topics should be self-explanatory upon inspection. Feedback and suggestions are welcomed and encouraged.