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Animal foot form and function: A first step towards understanding foot pathologies

The most common cause of mortality and disability in animals in captivity and domesticity is foot disease. The causes of foot pathologies are multifactorial but previous research in elephants has linked foot disease with the time the animals spent walking or standing on hard (unnatural) surfaces, obesity and space limitations. The aim of this study is to quantify variations of locomotor pressures and bone stresses amongst the feet of semi-wild, captive and domestic quadrupeds.
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foot pressures, locomotion, large mammals, functional anatomy, foot disease, captivity, Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology
Biomedicine Discovery Institute (School of Biomedical Sciences) » Anatomy and Developmental Biology
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