Thesis / Dissertation

Functional morphometric analysis of tarsal bones, ligaments including histological examination of fascia with respect to tarsal joint internal alignment and loading biomechanics

Zeeshan Akbar, Helen Davies (ed.)

Published : 2020


The tarsus or hock is a complex joint of the hind limb consisting of seven different bones and having various articulations. The tarsal bones are held together in intimate contact through the attachments of soft tissue such as ligaments, tendons and fascia. The tarsal joint is commonly involved in equine hind limb lameness and other pathological problems. Despite suggestions that tarsal conformation is a contributory factor to performance, lameness and orthopedic health, limited studies are available in the literature regarding tarsal bone morphometry, objective radiographic conformation or alignment changes in response to loading of the tarsus in horses, and the role of soft tissue in maint..

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