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Monday, May 23 • 13:30 - 14:30
Penetrating injuries of the equine foot

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Penetrating injuries of the Equine foot are relatively common and unique in their ability to be life threatening through synovial sepsis, typically of the navicular bursa.  This session will describe the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of such injuries in order to help practitioners improve their decision-making in such cases.  Simple penetrations include ‘nail bind’ and relatively superficial penetrations that invariably result in sub solar abscessation (foot abscess).  About 95 % of equine foot abscesses behave relatively predicatably in their clinical course, but there are about 5% of cases, which behave unpredictably and these can confuse even the most experienced practitioner!  This session will focus on the diagnosis and management of the more serious and deeper penetrations, i.e. those involving the distal interphalangeal joint, the navicular bursa, the digital flexor tendon sheath and also (rarely) the proximal interphalangeal joint.  We will focus on what to do and when to refer the case, along with discussion of what treatment is likely to occur in the referral hospital setting, including surgery and ancillary antibiotic delivery techniques.  The presentation will be illustrated with real clinical cases. Finally the session will reflect on the outcomes of such cases, both for survival and for future athletic performance.


Dr Todd Booth

Todd qualified from University of Queensland in 1989 and then worked in mixed species and equine practice in Australia before an internship in Equine surgery at Murdoch University in 1994. After 2 years travelling he took on a specialist equine surgery-training program and Masters... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2016 13:30 - 14:30 ACST
City Room 1 & 2 Adelaide Convention Centre