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Etymology: ME, lama, to break
a condition of diminished function, particularly because of a foot or leg injury. The term may also be applied to a stiff or painful back that makes walking difficult.


Limping, abnormal gait, or hobbling resulting from partial loss of function in a leg. The symptom may be due to maldevelopment, injury, or disease.


the state of being lame.

complementary lameness
redistribution of weight from one painful leg can cause lameness in another, previously normal, leg.
fescue lameness
see festuca.
regional lameness
lameness in a particular part of a limb, e.g. stifle lameness.
supporting leg lameness
discomfort is evident when the animal is standing or bearing weight on the leg.
swinging leg lameness
abnormality of movement, such as hitching or failure to flex a joint, is evident when the leg is in motion.
three-legged lameness
the animal does not put weight on one of its limbs.
weightbearing lameness
the lameness is not caused by movement of the limb but by putting weight on it.
whirlbone lameness
see trochanteric bursitis.

Patient discussion about lameness

Q. My two years old boy started to limp and to complain about foot pain. what can it be? My two years boy is complaining about a left foot pain. the pain starts in his thigh and radiates down. He doesn't have fever or any other symptom. He started waking in the age of 1.5 years and he never walked well. He seems like he is never balanced on his left leg. His labor was traumatic, and I needed a C-section. what can be the source of his complaints?

A. Hello...has your son been seen by a pediatric orthopedist? There are many things this could be...including flat feet, no arches (have the child step in water and then walk on concrete...see if you can see an arch there or is there nothing but the water with no indication of an arch. Just in case of something more serious, and not to frighten you, but let's say things are out there today, ? a rare syndrome or even Charcot? Only a pediatric orthopedist could address those types of issues and no mom ever wants to see her son or daughter suffer...
it hurts us as much as them I think! If it continues or gets worse, please do not delay in seeing the pediatric orthopedist to be sure.
I hope this was helpful and blessings your way. BARBS

Q. is the one first question i asked here a lame one? it's just that it's been 15 days. i think i put some real effort in confronting myself so as to benefit, not waste anyones or my time. i don't know i figured more feedback would be offered. hey if it's kind of a i don't know hopeless question maybe any answer, really any answer at all would be appreciated? thanks...

A. Thank you!

Q. My arms go limp And my chest hurts. There is no way I can lift my arms. It lasts 10 min. This eposode comes on every few days. Its scary. Drs. have no clue. Thanks betty

A. well, i'm not a Dr...but there is a web site that might give you a clue on what's wrong and what questions to ask the Dr. sometimes it's important to know what kind of Dr. you need:

good luck! i hope you'll get a lead!

More discussions about lameness
References in classic literature ?
I don't think any one else had noticed his lameness.
He was not a dunce, but an "incorrigibly idle imp," and in spite of his lameness he was better at games than at lessons.
But he carried his lameness, as he carried his years, gayly.
From the softness o the ground their hoofs often grow irregularly to a grea length, and this causes lameness.
Or the occupation to which he devotes himself may be of an opposite kind, and he may have the other sort of lameness.
And then came breakfast and a saunter about the close and town with East, whose lameness only became severe when any fagging had to be done.
At present, in relation to this demand that he should learn Latin declensions and conjugations, Tom was in a state of as blank unimaginativeness concerning the cause and tendency of his sufferings, as if he had been an innocent shrewmouse imprisoned in the split trunk of an ash-tree in order to cure lameness in cattle.
Topics covered on the day will include the effective treatment of white line disease and sole ulcers and demonstrations of why early and effective treatment is key to successfully tackling lameness.
TM], a non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical healing and pain management technology for animals, offers information to horse owners about one of the most common causes of sudden, chronic lameness in horses: hoof abscesses.
In younger dogs, there is usually a sudden onset of lameness during exercise, or through a trauma.
FOOT bathing ewes at weekly intervals is helping a Pembrokeshire sheep enterprise control lameness ahead of lambing.
The British Equestrian Federation announced that Pippa Funnell's intended ride in Normandy, Billy Beware, has been withdrawn from World Equestrian Games contention due to signs of lameness following his last run.