SDF Luxations

SDF Luxations

What is an SDF Luxation?

The superficial digital flexor (SDF) muscle is located on the back of the leg and functions to bend the toes. The tendon (SDFT) for this muscle runs directly over the heel bone and is held in place by connective tissue. This tendon can luxate off of the heel bone due to a traumatic injury to the connective tissue or as a result of congenital abnormalities. Often this injury occurs with quick turning or twisting motions in young, active dogs. The dog may yelp and become non-weight bearing on the leg. You may also feel a pop as the tendon shifts in and out of place.

SDF Luxations
SDF Luxations

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