To help relieve the pain associated with Morton's neuroma and allow the nerve to heal, consider the following self-care tips:
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- Take anti-inflammatory medications. Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen (Aleve), can reduce swelling and relieve pain.
- Try ice massage. Regular ice massage may help reduce pain. Freeze a water-filled paper cup or plastic foam cup and roll the ice over the painful site.
- Change your footwear. Avoid high heels or tight shoes. Choose shoes with a broad toe box and extra depth.
- Take a break. For a few weeks, reduce activities such as jogging, aerobic exercise or dancing that subject your feet to high impact.
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