Coffin Bone Fracture on a Horse & How to Help Heal it Naturally

As an equine podiatrist and a
professional equine body worker that uses red light therapy, we’ve got a
question for you that we are hoping you can answer for us today. Alright. We
have a horse that has a fractured p3 which is part of the coffin bone and she
is having severe swelling in the leg. The fracture itself has a good prognosis for
healing, but the extreme swelling puts her at a really high risk to lose the
hoof capsule. Obviously the options are very very limited if she loses the
hoof capsule. So, can you give us a breakdown, as a professional equine
podiatrist and equine bodyworker? How would you treat this particular
condition if this were your horse? No problem. First of all, let’s talk about, what is p3 itself? This is the final bone that’s in
the foot. As you’re looking at the foot on the skeleton. Here’s p1, p2 ,p3. Navicular bone in the back. So, p3 is this shaped bone, and typically the fracture will
happen somewhere right behind the main center of the foot itself. So, what has to
happen is the foot has to be stabilized for a minimum of 8 to 12 weeks so the
bone can start to heal itself. In other words, we’ll probably have to put a bar
shoe or some kind of double wrapping system, casting system that would keep
the whole foot from moving. Any movement in this foot is going to
cause stress in this p3 and getting caused pain and not allow healing. So, that has to be immobilized to start with. Once you have that, there’s things you
can do from a light end of things is you can find what’s called Duckett’s dot.
Which, you find the apex to the Frog, come back to the center of the foot and
you’ll feel a little dip. We then put your light, right in that place which will then shine right into the foot itself. We’ll
add maybe one view showing how this looks inside the foot. The next
thing you can do, is you can keep from laminitis from happening. So, you can take our pro light and you can shine that right along, about an inch below the
hairline of the foot. Along the front to keep the lamina from from separating
in the foot. Now, from a stabilization of the foot itself, you’re going to want to do the Ting points. Ting points are located in the front, about a half inch up from the
hairline. You’re going to feel the little holes. Let’s go here, and about every
quarter of a pie shape around all the way to the back, for about thirty seconds on
each side of the foot. A minimum of every other day if not every day. You’re
going to also do the joints, because you’re going to have stress. I usually do
quarter wise across, and then you can also do the backside of the ligament
itself to keep this from having problems. Those would be the areas you’d want to
do. The main one that you’re going to want to hit, is the one behind in the
bulbs of the foot. That’s going to shine right into the foot itself.
Now, from a podiatry side of things, what needs to happen on this foot, is the angle on the bottom of the foot has to be corrected, so the
stresses don’t go back into the foot to cause the crack to start with. This is
caused from the foot toe being in the wrong position and all the energy going
back into the coffin bone instead of being absorbed up in the foot. Thank you
for that. That was a great explanation. I have also heard that the light can
accelerate the healing in bones. Is that correct? That is correct. As the light is
absorbed into the cellular part of the body, it will affect the collagen rebuild
of bones muscle and tissue. Typically sixty to eighty percent faster than
without the light. So, if we can narrow it down to where this fracture is, how
would you recommend treating that? If the fracture is on the medial or lateral
side, which it typically is, I don’t know at this point. Typically, it’s on the
lateral side right about here. You can come to the bottom sole, and you can see
where it’s called primary tuberous versus terminal tuberous, that the
primary have cracks going. It’s usually a darker color and you can
see the outline of the coffin bone itself. You can simply put the light
right through the sole and hold it on there to help heal that bone as well.
How often would you do that? I would do that every day for at least a minute a day.
For how many days, weeks? Through the eight weeks, until the x-ray is
done again. You do need to have an x-ray done to show that that crack has
been healed before you take it off or the shoes. If we
have any further questions, how do we get a hold of you? You can get a hold of
me through our office which is or you can email [email protected] and all questions will come to me. Thank you. (You can also call 855-436-7082)

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