On to the Case. A very good response is noted since our last visit. I consider a good response in a severe white line disease to be new hoof growth without fungal invasion. The hoof defect noted in the soft tissue lateral radiograph is growing down. The left front has 13mm of new hoof growth with out cracks. There is still uneven growth rings from toe to heel but greatly improved. Sole depth has increased but is still considered severely thin soled. If you look at the upper portion of the barium paste you can see the new hoof wall growth that is growing down more parallel to the front/face of coffin bone/P3. Patient has been in a small paddock and fed Biotin 100 from nanric.com daily. I will be posting photos and radiographs from first visit and this recent visit.
|first day pre shoe|
|first day post shoe|
|Before glueing 5weeks after initial visit. Added a little more mechanics/belly/rocker to shoe.|
|With Superfast, Due to poor quality walls I like to add a little extra holding power. I drove nails but left long and create loop in end for glue to attach to|
|Initial visit post shoeing radiograph|
|Left front day one|
|reset Note new growth without cracks in the upper hoof wall|
|day one right front|
|Post Shoe day one with superfast.|
|Post shoe at 5wk reset.|
|5 week reset pre superfast.|
|After super fast|
|Day one post shoe radiograph|
|5 week post shoe radiograph. Notice new growth at upper coronary band that is growing more parallel with front of coffin bone/p3|
The most important aspect of why the rocker shoe is successful is it's ability to greatly reduce the action of the deep digital flexor tendon. The deep digital tendon and it's action is the "big dog" force in the Hoof. You must consider it's action and the forces it applys to the coffin bone and the space around it. It pulls tension on the bone to hoof connection and a downward compression force on the solar corium below the tip of the coffin bone. We must always first consider the action of DDF and all other aspects of shoeing will be secondary to that. I like this approach versus wedging alone as it can be difficult to acheive this much DDF tension release and breakover reduction with wedges. Additionally the rocker motion greatly enhances the healing environment and speeds up recovery. The addition of the superfast at the quarters and over the toe adds stability and connection of the whole hoof once again. I do not feel it is required but does help hold the shoe longer.
Just Got off the phone with Dr. Ric Redden and things are coming together for the October lecture and demonstration. I will have brochures ready within the next week. October 14 will be an all day lecture and then on the 15th will be a demonstration at the 181 ranch in Bixby Oklahoma. It will be a very informative seminar and hope you can make it.
Thanks for reading, Sammy L. Pittman DVM