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footpad

(fo͝ot′păd′)
n.
The cushionlike flesh on the underpart of the toes and feet of many animals.

footpad

the thick, spongy structure located on each digit, and under the metacarpal- and metatarsal-phalangeal joints, and the carpus of dogs and cats. The skin is thickened, tough, and may be hyperpigmented and the hypodermis contains large amounts of adipose tissue. Important in birds, in which they are commonly damaged.
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Footpads on the dog. By permission from Aspinall V, O'Reilly M, Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, Butterworth Heinemann, 2004

footpad abscess
caused by wound infection in fowls; painful and swollen.
collagen footpad disorder
see collagen footpad disorder.
footpad hyperkeratosis
see digital hyperkeratosis, nasal hyperkeratosis, hardpad.