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Fracture of the Fibular Tarsal Bone (Calcaneus) in Horses

By Jane C. Boswell, MA, VetMB, CertVA, CertES (Orth), DECVS, MRCVS, The Liphook Equine Hospital

Fractures of the fibular tarsal bone are uncommon and usually the result of trauma. Small chip fractures may be successfully removed. Complete body and physeal fractures are difficult to repair, although they have been repaired with bone plates and tension band wiring. Horses with open, comminuted fractures have a grave prognosis and warrant humane euthanasia.