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post #1 of 5 Old 05-09-2012, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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How long for a sole puncture to heal?

Finally, it's my turn to ask about a injury. Only a small one, but if not looked after it could of course go south. So, I'm asking...

On Sunday, my mare (Lisa) was off on her near front. It was so slight I couldn't tell for sure which side it was that evening. I looked and felt and prodded... couldn't find anything. Monday, nothing more. Tuesday definitely off, but I found the culprit. A tiny piece of wood somehow managed to puncture her sole. It's been very wet here lately so her feet are unusually soft.

I got the piece out. It was about 1/16" diameter and maybe 1/4" long. I scrubbed her foot really well with lysol, rinsed well. Applied iodine to the tiny hole and wrapped. Later that day I went to check and changed the wrap (my first one sucked). When I washed it then, it bled. I felt better about it then. Put some antibiotic cream on and re-wrapped properly. Yesterday and today, just washed once each day and applied cream, new wrap. I wasn't going to wash with lysol today, but her diaper fell off so I wanted to be sure. I want to just scrub with water tomorrow.

No heat, no throbbing pulse. She's still a bit sensitive on it, but not much.

Now, how long do I have to keep wrapping it? It's going to be awfully hard to see if the hole is closing because it's so small. I don't want to risk her getting anything in there. The location is about 3/8" in front of her frog apex, so I really am concerned about keeping it clean. I figure I'll wrap for 10 days for sure, but will that be enough I wonder?

Boy, oh boy though -- wrapping her hoof is keeping it sooo nice and dry. Maybe I should put diapers on all her feet! She wears size 1.
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Yeah, I'm amazed at how quickly sole horn grows, if otherwise healthy tissue & 10 days should be at least enough to cover the sensitive tissue IME(*Not that I've had much experience with punctures, thinking more of sole 'blow outs'). With a large hole, of course it is substantially longer before there's a decent sole thickness, so protection of a pad, boot or such may be necessary, but if it's tiny, less chance of that too.

While you need to be very aware of potential infection, I would also be very careful using too much iodine & other chemicals that can ****** growth of healthy tissue. I've heard of instances of new sole failing to grow over holes at all(well, at least for many months) and suspect certain antiseptics may be behind it.
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Thanks, Loosie. Yes, I only applied iodine the first washing. And I want to cut out the Lysol wash as well. I agree that it can be too much.
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While you need to be very aware of potential infection, I would also be very careful using too much iodine & other chemicals that can ****** growth of healthy tissue.
This is good general advice for wounds. Once it's cleaned and treated, keep an eye on it and let it be to heal....our vet calls it 'benign neglect'. He told me that he makes countless return visits to look/treat wounds that folks are constantly cleaning, scrubbing, and applying products to that just irritate and slow down the healing...being passive/patient is evidently not a trait of a typical horse owner.

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Update -- pretty much all healed up. The last of the sole at the puncture has exfoliated and there is just a slightly concave area now around the puncture area where it was bruised. But it did take this long for her to get back to her normal self on gravel again. It took 6 or 7 weeks for it to be pretty much gone.
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