Functional anatomy of tendons and ligaments in the distal limbs (manus and pes).

Service d'Anatomie--Clinique Equine, Ecole Nationale Veterinaire d'Alfort, Cecex, France.
Veterinary Clinics of North America Equine Practice (Impact Factor: 1.05). 09/1994; 10(2):273-322.
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ABSTRACT Tendons and ligaments of the equine distal limbs have a prominent anatomic, functional, and clinical importance. This article reviews the descriptive and topographic anatomy of these structures in details. Special information is given about the mechanical properties and functional anatomy of the flexor tendons, accessory ligaments, and third interosseous muscle, as well as about their roles during the standing position and gaits.

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