Remedial farriery Part 5: Principles of foot balance

@article{Milner2012RemedialFP,
  title={Remedial farriery Part 5: Principles of foot balance},
  author={Peter I Milner and Ian Hughes},
  journal={Companion Animal},
  year={2012},
  volume={17},
  pages={10-15}
}
Foot imbalance is an important cause of foot related lameness and should be assessed and addressed early on in the lameness investigation. Full assessment of the feet should involve inspection from lateral, dorsal and solar aspects with particular attention to foot and shoe balance, conformation and horn quality. Radiographs can be used as adjuncts to assessment. Trimming and shoeing protocols should aim to restore proper balance, where possible. This article provides an overview of assessment… 

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