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Isabella Forcella
Username: Isabe

Post Number: 8
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 - 5:51 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dear Mr. O,
I carefully read the article concerning tendon injury but I have not found anything about injury of the Achille tendon in horses.
My mare, 10-years old, came out from her box one week ago with a severe lameness on her right hock. She could hardly walk and rest her right limb on the toe. The vet diagnosed an injury of the Achille tendon, with inflammation of the tendon sheath (a swollen area is visible on the internal side just above the hock).
We have treated this with 7 days fynadine (7cc per day), 4 days dexadreson (2 days 6 cc and 4 days 4 cc), cool bandages 3 times a day and a local pomata and box rest. My vet told me this kind of injury are not common and this is the first case she personally saw. The prognosis she gave me is 12 months. Do you have ever had such a case? Would it magnetotherapy or elettroterapy useful for healing? I do not know if my post is clear enough, unfortunately my English is not so good, but I hope you can help me.
Thank you very much in advance for your feedback.

Isabella - Italy
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: Dro

Post Number: 9796
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 - 7:40 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Isabella,
The achilles tendon is the combined superficial and deep flexor tendon. Not only can trauma occur but the tendon is susceptible to luxation where it comes out of normal track it runs over the calcaneus, see Equine Diseases Lameness Diseases of the Upper Rear Limb Overview of Diseases of the Hock (Tarsus). Without knowing the nature and severity of the injury it is impossible to guess what might be proper therapy. Continued rest and antiinflammatories is rational in almost any case but the two you mention are really just ancillary and experimental treatments. Ultrasound and radiographs might better define the problem making specfic therapy and prognosis possible.
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