Q: I have a 17.2hh Dutch Warmblood who has been diagnosed with buttress
foot. Can you tell me what this is? He is on bute and is now sound-would
any of the complementary therapies help.
foot is a condition, which describes damage to the place on the
front of the foot where an extensor tendon attaches. When damage
occurs here the body deposits calcium in the area and this provides
some strength. Unfortunately, it means that the tendon doesn't work
like normal and this can be very painful.
get pain and swelling at the front of the foot at coronary band
level. There is not treatment for this condition except rest for
two weeks when it first happens, then gently exercise for the next
is needed over prolonged periods to provide pain relief. The only
alternatives I can suggest are bute-free herbal products which may help. Homeopathic preparations, like arnica might
be of use and can be given regularly without side effects.
with feeding bute over prolonged periods is that it can cause damage
to the liver and digestive system. Speak to your vet if you are
worried about the quantity he needs.
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