• Central tarsal fracture and T4 fracture in a racing Greyhound

A 2y old, 30kg racing greyhound presented after sustaining an injury on the track. X-rays showed a slab fracture of the right central tarsal bone, and of the medial proximal corner of the 4th tarsal bone (T4) too.

The central tarsal was reduced, and the lag was screwed in place. The T4 fragment aligned en passant.

The injury was bolstered with a type 2 external fixator with threaded pins, using carbon fibre bars better to allow radiographical assessment of implant position and alignment.

The reduction was pleasing, but the prognosis for the future athletic function must be guarded.

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