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Wire Fencing Injuries: Heel Bulb Laceration

February 2013 by Dr Craig Simon, BVSc (Hons) GPCert (EqP) MACVSc (EqSurg) CMAVA

Horses frequently get their legs caught up in wire or barbed wire fences, resulting in some horrific injuries. Lacerations to the heel bulb region of the foot are one of the more common injuries seen. Treated correctly, heel bulb lacerations can have excellent functional and cosmetic results. There are, however, some important structures in this region, which can have devastating consequences if damaged.

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