Fact Sheet: Equine Navicular Syndrome


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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.

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Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

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