Pedal osteitis

Veterinary advice should be sought before applying any treatment or vaccine.

Pedal Osteitis

Pedal osteitis is inflammation of the pedal bone. It is a reaction of the bone in response to a primary insult, such as that caused by horses with a history of laminitis, keratomas, surgical implants, chronic subsolar bruising or abscesses, penetrating injuries to the foot with or without infection and septic pododermatitis. Pedal osteitis is often found in horses with abnormalities of foot shape, particularly long toe-low heel foot shape, and flat, thin soles, as it can add to the concussive forces on the sole and pedal bone.

The goals of treatment for horses with pedal osteitis are aimed at resolving the primary problem, and preventing further pressure and concussion on the sole.


Increased warmth in hoof
Shortened stride
History of chronic subsolar abscesses
History of sole bruising
Pain upon application of hoof testers


  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Radiographs - Taken of the foot, showing a roughened, irregular border on the outer edges of the pedal bone.



Shoeing to increase sole depth and avoid sole pressure, use of rim pads or soft pour-in pads to reduce concussion.


  • Correct any hoof abnormalities
  • Protect thin soles with the use of pads in shoes


Guarded. It depends on the severity of the condition.

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