Horse owners often find out about hoof orthopedics by Jochen Biernat after a long and painful time of trial and error. In many cases, lameness and pathological changes of the hoof are the primary reason for contacting a hoof orthopedist.
Navicular disease, joint or cartilage disease, laminitis and abscesses are common diagnoses in the daily life of a hoof orthopedist. For the most part, these phenomena are caused by deformations of the hoof. Therefore it is helpful to look for a correct assessment of the hoof before the horse shows lameness or other symptoms.
Lines, cracks, bruises, deformations of the hoof wall, ‘white line disease’ and thrush are all signs of trouble which should be uniquely understood and treated accordingly.