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The anatomy, histology and physiology of the healthy and lame equine hoof

Al-Agele, Ramzi; Paul, Emily; Kubale Dvojmoc, Valentina; Sturrock, Craig J.; Rauch, Cyril; Rutland, Catrin Sian

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Ramzi Al-Agele

Emily Paul

Valentina Kubale Dvojmoc



Abstract

Satisfactory investigations of the equine foot appear to be limited by the histomorphological complexity of internal hoof structures. Foot lameness is considered to be one of the most debilitating pathological disorders of the equine foot. In most species, foot lameness is traditionally linked to hoof deformity, and a set of molecular events have been defined in relation to the disease. So far, there is controversy regarding the incidence of foot lameness in horses, as it is unclear whether it is foot lameness that triggers hoof distortions or vice-versa. In order to develop a better understanding of foot lameness, we review both the healthy and lame foot anatomy, cell biology and vascularisation and using micro-computed tomography show new methods of visualising internal structures within the equine foot.

Publication Date Feb 8, 2019
Book Title Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology
APA6 Citation Al-Agele, R., Paul, E., Kubale Dvojmoc, V., Sturrock, C. J., Rauch, C., & Rutland, C. S. (2019). The anatomy, histology and physiology of the healthy and lame equine hoof. In Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology. IntechOpen. https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.84514
DOI https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.84514
Publisher URL https://www.intechopen.com/online-first/the-anatomy-histology-and-physiology-of-the-healthy-and-lame-equine-hoof

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