Arthritis is inflammation of a joint causing pain and stiffness. The word arthritis is often used to explain a range of conditions including degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis and synovitis.
A hoof abscess is a bacterial infection within the sensitive structures of the equine foot. Pus is produced due to the horse’s inflammatory response and, as expansion is not possible within the hoof capsule, the pressure can be extremely painful. The condition is more common in the winter months due to the muddy conditions.