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Thanks for all the information. His foot pad pain may be coming from a bruised foot pad, cracking or a puncture of the pad (which like you said could be difficult to see).
I would advise;
1. If he will let you do this. Clean the the pad with saline (add 1 teaspoon of salt to 250ml COOLED BOILED water) and dunk the pad into the solution or use a clean cloth to hold it over the pad for a few minutes.Daily for three days. To reduce inflammation. Do not put yourself at risk of scratched if he resists.
2. If he is licking his foot pad he is likely to make this worse, and introduce infection. A buster collar would be best for a few days IF he is licking the pad.
3. If there is no improvement after three days of bathing the foot then a vet check up would be advised for a full check up and to make sure no infection in the pad.
Please let me know if you have any further questions and I will be happy to help further.