These are related to the normal physiology of locomotion where the strongest pressures are often imposed on the medial sides of the joints (fetlock, carpus, hock, stifle...) All limb deviation defects such as valgus (outward deviation) or varus (inward deviation) will aggravate the condition. These asymmetries lead to a concentration of joint or tendon biomechanical stress on one side of affected limbs. If they are not corrected, they can cause cartilage, bone or ligament lesions that result in lameness. The aim is to rebalance the loads to relieve the lesions using an appropriate kinetherapeutic shoe.
The Asymetrix® aluminium kinetherapeutic shoe has been developed specifically for asymmetry problems. The narrow branch should be placed on the same side as the overloaded cartilage or bone lesions. The wide branch should be placed on the same side as the tension lesion involving collateral ligaments or branches of the suspensory ligament or superficial digital flexor tendon.
The main indications are as follows:
- Rebalancing joints when limb deviations are present.
- Outward or inward deviations: wide branch medial if outward deviation (valgus) or lateral if inward deviation (varus).
- Desmopathy of collateral ligaments (wide branch on the same side as the lesion to reduce tension)
- Sub-chondrial compression bone lesions (narrow branch on the same side as lesion to provide decompression)
- Distal stifle arthrosis or spavin (narrow branch on the same side as lesion to provide decompression)