The Styrofoam Pads are the most important tool we have found to treat horses in the acute stage of laminitis. They are pre-cut, hoof shaped pads or blocks of a very dense 2" piece of Styrofoam. (*It is important to note that regular white beaded Styrofoam is a poor substitute for this treatment use. This specific density and thickness is very important for optimal treatment success.)
When applied, the Styrofoam will compress into the caudal portion of the foot and offers the horse comfort and support through this critical stage of laminitis. Use of the Styrofoam will allow the horse to stabilize so that a more comprehensive diagnosis and treatment approach can be established.