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Our young pigeon keeps standing on 1 leg and holds the other one up for a few seconds, curling his toes in and out. He also sometimes stands on his 'knuckles' like it hurts him to stand on the base of his foot. The underneath of his foot has a slight 'lump' on the bottom of it. See picture. He hasnt got anything stuck in it and it isnt cut. What could be causing it and how can I help him?
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Is the swollen spot warm to the touch?

Have you checked around any other areas for swelling, such as on the joints and under wings and joints?

Any other symptoms?

Have the parent birds been preventatively treated and innoculated and which diseases?

Do your birds have access to grit and vitamins?
 

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Thanks for your help.

We only have the 1 pigeon. He was abandoned and left in his nest near our home at about 4 days old so we took him in and have raised him at home. He is now about 10 weeks old.

No, the lump on the bottom of his foot isnt warmer than the rest of him. He has a slightly swollen/enlarged knee joint but this has been like this for about 6 weeks as he did have spayed leg which is now OK by using the sponge method. He hasnt had any inoculations though. We also dont give him vitamins. He eats alot of peas and carrots though!!
 

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This could be an inflammatory footpad due to many reasons (solid/hard ground, wet litter, fat bird..etc ), Or it could be the start of a localized infection (maybe after a chronic viremia with staphylococcosis, colibacillosis, pasteurellosis ..etc).


With inflammatory, washing the foot with warm water for long time and treat with sulfate salts (ex. epsom salt) or use creams (such as this) on the foot might be of beneficial.

With localized infection, antibiotic therapy should be considered and (in advanced cases) a surgery might be necessary.

I think its a normal inflammatory.

 
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