Angular Limb Deformaties

Angular Limb Deformaties

Angular Limb Deformities Treatment at Performance Equine Veterinary Services

Angular limb deformities are common in newborn foals and involve abnormal limb positioning. These deformities can either make a limb turn outward (valgus deformity) or inward (varus deformity). Initially, many of these deformities are just postural and may correct as the foal grows. However, some may become permanent without intervention.

Types and Causes:

Congenital Deformities: These are present at birth and can range from mild, self-correcting conditions to more severe cases requiring early intervention.

Developmental Deformities: These occur as the foal grows and can result from various factors including genetics, nutrition, and exercise.

Treatment Approach:

1. Conservative Management: This includes rest, monitoring, and corrective farriery like shoe extensions or trimming. Splints or casts are used only when absolutely necessary.

2. Surgical Intervention: In cases where conservative management is not effective, surgery may be required. This includes techniques like periosteal stripping to accelerate growth in a specific area of the bone, or transphyseal bridging to slow growth on one side of a growing bone.

3. Flexural Limb Deformity Treatment: This condition, where a foal cannot fully extend a limb, can be congenital or acquired after birth. Treatment may involve physiotherapy, splinting, or medication like oxytetracycline. Surgery may be necessary for severe cases.

Our team at Performance Equine Veterinary Services is experienced in diagnosing and treating angular limb deformities in foals. We focus on early recognition and regular evaluations to ensure the best outcomes. If you suspect your foal might have an angular limb deformity, contact us at (352) 307-3690 for an assessment and discussion of potential treatment options. If you have any questions about our services, please contact us today at (352) 307-3690. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW