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Acute Laminitis

About the Diagnosis Laminitis (or founder) is a painful condition of the foot. It specifically occurs where the hard covering of the hoof meets the soft tissues inside the foot, known as the lamina. “Lamina” = soft tissues that connect the coffin bone to the hoof wall. “Itis” = inflammation. When this connection (lamina) is damaged, the coffin bone is no longer supported within the hoof wall and the weight of the horse pushes the coffin bone down onto the sole, tearing the lamina and crushing the soft tissue of the sole. This damage results in severe pain. Once these soft tissues are damaged the deep digital flexor tendon continues its pull on the bottom of the coffin bone, pulling […]