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PEMF and Hoof Abscesses

Hoof abscesses are one of the most common causes of acute onset lameness in a horse.  Wet weather, extreme dry conditions, sudden changes in moisture can all make the hoof more susceptible to the formation of an abscess. Even with the most diligent prevention techniques including frequent hoof cleaning and routine farrier care, abscesses can still form as bacteria finds a way into the interior hoof structure through tiny cracks, puncture wounds, misplaced or close horseshoe nails and more.

Once formed, the goal for treatment is to get the abscess to open up and drain the infection out. Many time the abscess will travel up to the coronary band searching for an exit pathway that provides the least resistance, and this is the scenario presented in the case detailed below.

PEMF therapy is renowned for three main benefits:

– Reduce pain and inflammation

– Increase circulation

– Accelerate Healing

Day 1 of IronFoot PEMF Treatment of Abscess

A major benefit for horses from PEMF is the ability for the pulsed electromagnetic field to penetrate the hoof wall promoting circulation not only in the laminae but also deep inside the hoof.  Respond Systems’ IronFoot uses a proprietary blend of power and frequency to gently yet effectively induce micro-circulation on the cellular level to force movement of ions, nutrients, oxygen, waste and fluid into and out of the cell. In addition to the physical stimulation on a cellular level, additional biochemical mechanisms are stimulated into action to increase the formation of macrophages to help further combat pathogens.

 

The following case uses the IronFoot to help treat a diagnosed hoof abscess: 

 

 

Day 3 and Rupture of Abscess while on IronFoot PEMF Treatment

Day 1- Horse diagnosed with abscess and was running a temperature. Treatment on IronFoot for 30-minutes

Day 2- Treatment on IronFoot for 30-minutes

Day 3- Treatment on IronFoot at which time the abscess ruptured during the treatment

The horse was also on an antibiotic during this time as well.

 

Accelerating the healing process with PEMF can help to reduce stall rest time and aid in preventing compensatory issues and conditions.

 

For more information on PEMF, the IronFoot or other PEMF and laser therapies, visit respondsystems.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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