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While there is no cure, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says there are things you can do to ease symptoms of the disease:
- Rest. Limit activities that make the pain worse. Biking, elliptical training machines and swimming are good alternatives to activities that stress the foot.
- Apply Ice. Four times daily, put ice on the most painful joints.
- Take Medication. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help reduce swelling and pain.
- Wear orthotics. Custom insoles may be an effective way to stabilize the foot and reduce pain.
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