Hot Topics in Hoof Care, Part 3: The Role of Imaging
Podiatry and managing problem hooves require the veterinarian and farrier to work in concert to diagnose, trim, and shoe, depending on the condition. Both individuals rely on imaging to evaluate the horse’s hoof, said Mark Silverman, DVM, MS, of Sport Horse Veterinary Services, in Rancho Santa Fe, California, who described the uses and benefits of different imaging modalities.
“Routine imaging provides us the ability to review the results of interventions and chart changes in foot conformation over time,” he said.
Radiography is, as Silverman said, the “bread and butter” of podiatry imaging. X rays show the foot’s internal structures, especially bone, as well as some soft-tissue structures. The basic foot views, which are often standard for prepurchase exams, include dorsal-to-palmar (front-to-back) and lateral-to-medial
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