Heel pad sign

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

Increased heel pad thickness, also known as the heel pad sign, is seen in a number of conditions and relates to an increase in the soft-tissue thickness of the heel pad on lateral ankle radiographs.  

The heel pad should normally be < 21mm. However, in certain situations, this is increased:

A useful acronym for remembering the causes is MAD COP.

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rID: 8901
Section: Signs
Tags: refs, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Increased heel pad thickness

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