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The Latest Views on Navicular Syndrome in Horses

When anyone that works with or owns horses hears the term navicular syndrome, it often strikes fear in their heart – and fear that the medical bills will begin to pile up. Navicular syndrome, which is also referred to as navicular disease or caudal heel pain syndrome, is a degenerative condition that impacts the structures in a horse’s heel and was first recognized as a condition in 1752. It is named after the navicular bone located at the back of the heel, the primary purpose of which is to provide a smooth surface for the deep digital flexor tendons to wrap around prior to connecting to the coffin bone. However, navicular syndrome occurs for a variety of reasons and presents itself in many ways, which do not always involve the bone itself. “Navicular disease is a commonly-used term in the field of equine medicine and one that despite its name…

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