More notes on the laminar aka lamellar wedge

Eleanor Kellon, VMD

The wedge is not an inevitable consequence of laminitis.  It is a form of scar tissue that develops in response to traction on the damaged, weakened laminae.

The wedge forms from the bottom/weightbearing surface up.  It extends for variable distances up the wall inside the hoof but the point is it does not start at the top or even have equal thickness throughout the hoof.  The severity of the leverage from the toe and from weightbearing determines how much wedge forms.

If the toe is in an optimal position and the wall beveled out of weightbearing, wedge formation will stop or be prevented in the first place.
Eleanor in PA 
EC Owner 2001