Historically, navicular disease, defined as degeneration of the navicular bone and its associated structures, was assumed to be pain localized to a horse’s foot.¹,² Now, veterinarians know navicular disease is more accurately referred to as podotrochlosis because it involves not only the navicular bone but also a large number of structures that make up the podotrochlear apparatus. Throughout this fact sheet, however, we’ll use the more commonly accepted term, navicular disease, in reference to the condition.
Fact Sheet: Equine Navicular Syndrome
Navicular syndrome, more accurately referred to as podotrochlosis, is a catchall phrase describing chronic forelimb lameness caused by pain stemming from the navicular bone and related structures. Sponsored by Dechra.