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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Morton neuroma is when tissue thickens around one of the nerves in your foot. It usually occurs in the ball of your foot, between your third and fourth toes.
You may need any of the following:
- NSAIDs help decrease swelling and pain. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Wear flat shoes with a wide toe box:
This will decrease the pressure on the front of your foot.
Wear orthotics, arch supports, or foot pads:
These help relieve pressure and cushion the ball of your foot. You may need a medical shoe insert ordered by your PHP.
Do an ice massage:
Do an ice massage for 20 minutes, twice a day to decrease pain and swelling. Freeze a paper or foam cup filled with water and roll it under your foot.
Follow up with your PHP as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your PHP if:
- Your symptoms spread to your toes.
- Your symptoms do not improve after treatment.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
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