An angular limb deformity (crooked or angled limb) is noticed when looking at an equine limb from the front or back. (Abnormalities noted when viewing equine limbs from the side are called flexural deformities.)
Angular limb can result from problems within the joint, underdeveloped small joints of the hock and carpus (seen frequently in premature or dysmature foals), or be caused by uneven growth across the growth plate (physis). Radiographs are used to help differentiate between these conditions.
In young foals, there is a short window of opportunity in which to treat angular limb deformities. Problems affecting the growth plates can be treated before they have closed. Due to this, it is important to immediately contact your vet when you first notice the problem.
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Prognosis & Relevant Factors
Depends on the specific bones involved, and the severity of the abnormality. Depends on how soon the problem is appropriately treated. Once the growth plates have "closed" there is very little opportunity to help the situation.
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