Arthritis in Your Toes: Signs of Toe Arthritis, and What to Do About It (2024)

When you think of arthritis, you might think of creaky knees, stiff hips, or painful, swollen fingers. Yes, arthritis commonly attacks joints in the hands, knees, and hips. But it can happen anywhere you have joints — including the toes. So, if you can’t bend your big toe or have swelling around your toes, this toe pain may be caused by arthritis too.

Toe arthritis can be caused by wear and tear of the cartilage in your toe joints, as well as inflammation of the toe joints. Arthritis most often attacks the big toe, but the other toes may be affected, too. Learn more about what causes toe arthritis and how it is treated.

Symptoms of Arthritis in Toes

Common symptoms of toe arthritis may include:

You have pain in the toes that can take hours or days to subside.

You have swelling and inflammation around the toe joints.

  • With rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, swelling and edema is associated with redness.
  • With osteoarthritis, there is more bone enlargement of the toe joints as a result of bone spur formation, says podiatrist Krista A. Archer, DPM, a podiatric surgeon who is on staff at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Bone spurs are bony projections that develop along bone edges, often due to joint damage from arthritis.

You have restricted range of motion due to swelling or damage to cartilage (a rubbery substance on the edges of bones that lubricates the joint) in any joints that are in the toes, midfoot, rearfoot, and ankle, says Dr. Archer. Bone spurs will often develop around the joint, restricting movement.

You may be unable to bend your big toe upward and have pain when doing so, says Chadwick Hampton, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. That can make it difficult and painful to walk.

Your toe may become bent permanently downward and can’t be positioned flat on the floor.

Your pain worsens with weight-bearing activities like jogging, walking, and climbing stairs. “It depends on how severe the deformity is to predict what kind of activities will be painful,” says Dr. Archer.

You may have a bump form (a pressure sore) when the joints rub together. It resembles a callus or bunion.

You may have pitted, separated, or thick toenails.

You may have curling of the toes, such claw toe or hammer toe.

You may have pain in joints in the in the midfoot (cuboid, cuneiform, metcuneiform) and rearfoot (talonavicular, calcanealcuboid).

You may have numbness, burning, or tingling in the foot or ankle.

Types of Arthritis that Affect the Toes

If you have arthritis in your toes, it’s important to understand the type of arthritis that might be causing it, because each type of arthritis has specific medications and treatments. Here are some of the more common types of arthritis that strike in toes.


Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease where the cartilage that cushions the ends of a joint wears away gradually. Osteoarthritis often occurs because of typical wear and tear on a joint that happens with age; it can also occur as a result of injury to the joint. OA most commonly occurs in the joint at the bottom of the big toe, which is called the metatarsophalangeal or MTP joint.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease in which the body’s immune system attacks itself, causing inflammation and pain in the joints. RA can affect several small joints in the foot at the same time, including those in the toes. RA often occurs in the small joints of the hands and feet first, though it can affect other joints, such as the knees, elbows, hip, and neck. Around 90 percent of people with RA will have foot problems.


For many people, pain and swelling in the big toe, especially at the joint where the toe meets with the foot, is the first symptom of gout. Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs because elevated levels of uric acid in the blood accumulate in and aggravate joints, causing inflammation. Gout attacks can affect other joints aside from the big toe, including the ankles, foot, knees, or elbows. Lumps of uric acid, called gout tophi, may become visible underneath the skin around the toes, ankles, and other joints after you’ve had gout for years or if you have severe gout that is not well controlled.

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis linked to psoriasis, an autoimmune skin disease that causes red, silver, scaly rashes on the skin. It’s characterized by pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. People with psoriatic arthritis might notice pain, stiffness, and swelling in the “knuckles” of the toes, says rheumatologist Arthur M. Mandelin, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. People with PsA are likely to have problems with their toenails, such as pitting and crumbling, as well as swollen fingers and toes, a condition called dactylitis that makes them appear sausage-like. Enthesitis, or inflammation at the sites where tendons and ligaments attach to bones, is also common in PsA. This can affect the Achilles tendon at the heel or cause plantar fasciitis along the bottom of the foot.

Infectious Arthritis

Also called septic arthritis, this type of arthritis typically causes extreme pain and difficulty using the affected join. Septic arthritis is caused by bacteria or fungi that are carried through the bloodstream from another area of the body, usually settling in one joint. A bacterial infection from an injury or opening from a surgical procedure can also cause infectious arthritis by bringing germs directly to the joint. Pain worsens with movement and comes on rapidly in hours or days. It may include a swollen, red, and warm joint accompanied by fever, chills, fatigue/weakness, and the inability to move the affected joint.

How Arthritis in the Toes Is Diagnosed

The diagnosis of arthritis in toes begins with taking your medical history and a physical exam of your foot. The doctor will look at your entire foot, not just your toes. They’re looking for pain, deformity, and loss of function, says Dr. Archer. Your doctor will likely order an X-ray of the foot to help determine whether there is joint damage or changes in the alignment of bones in the foot.

If your doctor suspects you could have a type of inflammatory arthritis, such as RA or PsA, they may order blood tests to look for signs of inflammation (such as C-reactive protein or erythrocyte sedimentation rate) as well as antibodies (such as rheumatoid factor or anti-CCP). If your doctor suspects you could have gout, they may give you a blood test to look for elevated levels of uric acid and draw fluid from the joint to look for uric acid crystals.

How Arthritis in the Toes Is Treated

Treatment for arthritis of the toes depends on the type of arthritis that you have. It typically starts with conservative measures.

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), as well as prescription NSAIDs, can help relieve pain and swelling in the joints. However, even though many NSAIDs are available over the counter, they can have side effects (such as causing stomach ulcers, increased heart attack risk, and kidney problems) especially when taken for the long term and/or in high doses. NSAIDs are a first-line of treatment in OA to reduce pain and stiffness. In inflammatory arthritis and gout, they can be used along with other kinds of medication to treat inflammation, pain, and swelling.

A topical gel like diclofenac (Voltaren) may be prescribed for toe arthritis, says Dr. Hampton. Topicals are good if you can’t take oral medications or medications aren’t helping with the pain.

Steroid injections

This medication can help treat and relieve inflammation. An occasional shot can be given in any toe and offer temporary pain relief and reduce inflammation. Injections shouldn’t be done repeatedly; frequent injections can damage cartilage. “I give a certain dose and I won’t give it more than three times a year or no more than once every four months,” says Dr. Hampton.

Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)

If you have an inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as methotrexate are used as a first-line therapy to help reduce the immune system activity that triggers inflammation and pain. DMARDs are not used for osteoarthritis.


Biologics are a newer class of DMARDs that target specific immune system pathways to reduce immune system activity that is causing inflammation and pain. They’re used to treat inflammatory types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, and are typically offered after patients haven’t responded to conventional DMARDs like methotrexate.

Gout medications

There are two main kinds of drugs used to treat gout: those used during a flare to reduce inflammation and pain and those used preventively to lower uric acid levels and prevent future flares from occurring. Medications used to treat inflammation in an acute gout flare include NSAIDs, oral corticosteroids or steroid injections, or a drug called colchicine. Medications called xanthine oxidase inhibitors limit the amount of uric acid your body produces. These include allopurinol (Zyloprim and Aloprim) and febuxostat (Uloric). Another class of drugs called uricosurics help your kidneys remove uric acid from the body. These include probenecid (Probalan) and lesinurad (Zurampic). An infused drug called pegloticase (Krystexxa) can help the body eliminate uric acid in people whose gout hasn’t been well controlled with other medication.

If your gout attack is limited to one or two joints and your pain is mild to moderate, you may only need one of these medications to control the inflammation. However, if your pain is severe, and if one or more of your larger joints (not just a toe) are involved, you may need a combination of treatments to get it under control. Also, if one drug doesn’t work well enough to treat your gout attack symptoms, your doctor may switch you to a different medication or try a combination of medications.

Physical Therapy for Arthritis in Toes

Your doctor may send you for physical therapy to help improve your range of motion and strengthen the muscles around your foot. “Physical therapy can increase pain-free range of motion and strengthen the muscles of the foot to take pressure off the painful joint,” says David Geier, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist, and author of That’s Gotta Hurt: The Injuries That Changed Sports Forever. These exercises relieve stiffness and increase your ability to move your joints through their full range of motion.

Home Remedies for Arthritis in Toes

You can do some things on your own to help remedy your toe arthritis.

Modify your footwear

You want to wear shoes that take pressure of your toe joints to relieve some of the stress from arthritis of the toes. Look for footwear with a more rigid, stiff sole (which will provide support) and wide toe box to help prevent excessive stress and bending forces on the toe joints. Ditch high heels; they put your foot in an unnatural position that takes a toll over time. Read more about how to pick the best shoes when you have arthritis.

Soothe with ice and heat

Cold therapy can provide relief for inflamed joints in the wrist. Cold constricts the blood vessels in the muscles, which decreases blood flow to the joint area to help reduce swelling and inflammation. Heat therapy warms the skin and the joints, which causes blood vessels to dilate, and sends more oxygen and nutrients to the joints and muscles. Try both and see which makes you feel best.

Exercise to maintain a healthy weight

Control your weight with regular, low-impact aerobic exercise that doesn’t hurt your toes. Cycling on a recumbent bike or swimming are good options. Keeping your weight close to your ideal body mass index (BMI) is one of the best things you can do to control your toe pain. Being at a healthy weight “balances the pathomechanics [the mechanics of damaged bones, tendons] of the entire foot and relieves stress on toes,” says Dr. Archer. It’s also a good idea to do specific exercises that strengthen your Achilles tendon (the cord at the back of your heel) as well as the tendons in the balls of your feet and toes. You can even simply wiggle your toes.

Eat a clean diet

Maintaining a healthy weight helps reduce stress on the joints. Feet are a weight-bearing joint, so obesity makes arthritis worse. Losing excess pounds can lead to less pain and better function. You especially want to eat healthfully since your exercise abilities may be limited if you have a lot of pain in your toes. Aim to eat foods that may help reduce inflammation, called anti-inflammatory foods.

Surgery for Arthritis in Toes

Surgery isn’t usually necessary for arthritis of the toes. It’s usually a last resort since you may still have discomfort and have an increased risk of infection after surgery. But several surgical procedures outlined below can be done if other treatments for toe arthritis have not helped.

Cheilectomy for Arthritis in Toes

The most common surgery, cheilectomy, involves removing bone spurs that have formed around joints that have become arthritic. It’s typically done when arthritis is in the big toe. It can help relieve discomfort around the joint and improve movement of the joint. The toe may stay swollen for several months, but you’ll likely experience long-term relief. However, removing bone spurs doesn’t address the worn-out cartilage within the joint. So bone spurs often return in the future. “This surgery has a high revision rate because you’re treating the arthritis as it’s in progression. So [the condition] continues to progress.” says Dr. Hampton. “You’ve removed the bad parts of the bone but you don’t actually replace the joint.”

Arthroplasty for Arthritis in Toes

Here, joint surfaces are removed and replaced with an artificial joint. This procedure is geared for older adults who aren’t as physically active.

Fusion for Arthritis in Toes

This surgical procedure stimulates bone growth across the joint. The joint is fused together permanently with pins, screws, or a plate. When bone grows across the toe joint, it won’t bend anymore. But since the joint is fused, pain is also relieved. Dr. Archer says that she rarely does this type of surgery. “It’s usually done in active laborers, like carpenters and mechanics, to give them a stable joint with no pain,” says Dr. Geier.

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Arthritis in Your Toes: Signs of Toe Arthritis, and What to Do About It (2024)


What is the best remedy for arthritis in your toes? ›

NSAIDs are a first-line of treatment in OA to reduce pain and stiffness. In inflammatory arthritis and gout, they can be used along with other kinds of medication to treat inflammation, pain, and swelling. A topical gel like diclofenac (Voltaren) may be prescribed for toe arthritis, says Dr. Hampton.

Is there anything you can do for arthritis in your toes? ›

Non-surgical treatment is the first-line treatment and consists of anti-inflammatory medications, ice, and changes in which shoes you wear to avoid flexible, narrow shoes. Shoe inserts (Morton's extension) can be helpful to limit motion at the big toe joint and relieve pain.

What triggers arthritis in toes? ›

Toe arthritis is caused by inflammation of the toe joint. The disease most often attacks the big toe, but the others may be affected as well. Past injuries or traumas, such as a broken or sprained toe, can cause arthritis down the road. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout may also be to blame.

Can arthritis in toes be reversed? ›

Is it possible to reverse arthritis? A person cannot reverse arthritis, but they can manage their symptoms. Arthritis commonly causes joint inflammation with swelling, pain, and stiffness. According to the Arthritis Foundation, almost 60 million adults and 300,000 children have some form of arthritis.

Is walking good for arthritis in toes? ›

Walking is recommended for people with arthritis as it's low impact, helps to keep the joints flexible, helps bone health and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. If you do experience pain or you're very stiff afterwards try doing a bit less, factor in more rest and check in with your GP, if you need to.

What are the first signs of arthritis in toes? ›

Inflammation: All types of arthritis can cause irritation in the joint, which can result in noticeable swelling. The toes can turn red and feel warm when touched. Popping and Clicking Noises: As cartilage deteriorates, the bones can begin rubbing against each another, causing these sounds.

How do I get rid of inflammation in my toes? ›

Resting the foot in an elevated position and applying ice and compression can help reduce inflammation. Doctors may also prescribe analgesics to relieve pain.

How do I get rid of joint pain in my toes? ›

The following remedies can help manage toe joint pain:
  1. resting the foot.
  2. elevating the foot.
  3. icing the foot for 20 minutes every 2–3 hours.
  4. using a compression bandage to reduce swelling.
  5. wearing comfortable, wide shoes with a soft sole and no heel.
  6. placing pads or soft soles inside shoes.
  7. gently stretching the foot muscles.
Nov 23, 2021

What does arthritis in toe feel like? ›

Even in the early stages, arthritis in the toe can cause tenderness, achiness, and joint pain. You may also feel achiness or pain in other toes or the arch of your foot as you walk. Over time, you may even develop a burning sensation, which is a hallmark sign of nerve pain, or neuropathy.

What does rheumatoid arthritis look like in toes? ›

Front of the foot

Toes become twisted and may cross over each other, especially the big toe. Many people with RA develop calluses, claw toes, or bunions. A combination of problems from the ankle to the toes can cause pain throughout the foot. Over time, foot pain may cause people with RA to avoid standing or walking.

What is the best home remedy for arthritis in your feet? ›

Use hot and cold therapy

Heat and cold treatments can help relieve arthritis pain and inflammation. Heat treatments can include taking a long, warm shower or bath in the morning to help ease stiffness and using an electric blanket or moist heating pad to reduce discomfort overnight.

What foods should I avoid with arthritis in my feet? ›

Here are eight foods known to contribute to inflammation and the aggravation of your arthritis symptoms.
  • Sweets. Consuming too much sugar increases inflammation in your body. ...
  • Dairy. ...
  • Fatty foods. ...
  • Carbohydrates. ...
  • Tobacco and alcohol. ...
  • Advanced glycation end (AGE) products. ...
  • Gluten. ...
  • Additives.

What is a natural foot soak for arthritis? ›

Try alternating soaks in warm and cold water, especially if you have swelling. Fill one sink with cold water (65 degrees) and another with warm water (110 degrees). Leave your hands or feet in the warm water for five to 10 minutes, and then switch to cold for one minute.

Is massage good for arthritis in toes? ›

Yes, research shows that massage can help relieve symptoms of arthritis in the foot. It does this by improving flexibility in the foot and ankle joints. It also relieves joint pain by increasing circulation to the area. Gentle massage can also help you to stretch tight muscles around the joint.

Should you push through arthritis pain? ›

Pushing through pain is not the thing to do. If your joints are hot or swollen, exercise can increase the damage and cause more pain. Remember, arthritis pain and pain from a strenuous workout are not the same. A little soreness a day or two after a workout is OK.

What is the best painkiller for foot pain? ›

Oral analgesic medications such as acetaminophen (paracetamol) or aspirin are often the first line choice for quick relief of foot pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen are also often recommended and can help to reduce inflammation at the same time.

Is Vicks good for arthritis pain? ›

There's also evidence that the camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol in the ointment make it a good choice for relieving muscle and joint pain.

Is apple cider vinegar good for arthritis in feet? ›

Some people believe that apple cider vinegar contains anti-inflammatory properties that would aid in the symptoms of arthritis, however, this has not been proven in humans. There is not enough evidence to show that apple cider vinegar is an effective treatment for any symptoms relating to arthritis.

What is the best OTC medicine for arthritis in the feet? ›

Our doctors often recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce swelling and relieve pain in foot and ankle joints affected by arthritis. NSAIDs are taken by mouth, and many, including ibuprofen and naproxen, are available over the counter.

How do they test for arthritis in the feet? ›

X-ray. To confirm a diagnosis of arthritis and determine the extent of the condition, doctors may recommend an X-ray of your foot and ankle. X-rays create pictures of the bones of the foot and ankle that doctors analyze for any visible changes in the spacing of the joints.

What can I drink to reduce swelling in my feet? ›

Drinking lots of water will also help your foot and ankle mobility with less swelling. If you change your diet and you're still retaining water in your feet and ankles, it might be time to talk with a podiatrist in the Rockville, MD area.

Why is my toe so swollen and hurts? ›

A swollen toe could be the result of trauma or infection or it could be a symptom of a condition such arthritis. If you don't know why your toe is swollen and the swelling persists and is accompanied by other symptoms such as pain, see your doctor for a full diagnosis and recommendation for treatment.

How long does it take for toe inflammation to go away? ›

Most pain and swelling will go away within a few days to a week. If something was dropped on the toe, the area under the toenail can bruise.

What is the best medicine for toe joint pain? ›

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help relieve pain and reduce swelling in the big toe caused by arthritis, bunions, overuse, as well as minor injuries. Advil and Aleve are among the most common over-the-counter NSAIDs.

What vitamin deficiency causes toe pain? ›

Vitamin B-6 Deficiency

Don't get enough of this vitamin and your feet may experience painful burning and tingling sensations. Try adding fish, beef liver, meats and potatoes to your diet for more natural B-6 sources.

What does pain in toes indicate? ›

Common chronic causes of toe pain include bunions, toe deformities, and toenail problems. Common toe injuries include sprain and fracture. Common medical problems leading to toe pain symptoms include gout, diabetes, and arthritis. Additionally, warts, corns, or calluses can cause toe pain.

What are the symptoms of septic arthritis in the toe? ›

What are the symptoms of septic arthritis?
  • Experiencing pain and tenderness in your affected joint.
  • Having swelling and warmth at your affected joint.
  • Having limited range of motion in your affected joint.
  • Not wanting to use or move your affected joint.
  • Having a fever.

What is the difference between gout and arthritis in toes? ›

Gout is caused by uric acid crystals forming in the joints, while osteoarthritis is caused by the wear and tear of the cartilage in the joints. Both can cause pain and stiffness, but gout is more likely to cause sudden, severe attacks of pain, while osteoarthritis comes on gradually.

What are Stage 1 early signs of rheumatoid arthritis feet? ›

The most common symptoms are pain, swelling, and stiffness. Unlike osteoarthritis, which typically affects one specific joint, symptoms of RA usually appear in both feet, affecting the same joints on each foot.

What does psoriatic arthritis look like on toes? ›

Swollen, painful toes are a telltale sign of PsA -- especially when an entire toe (or finger) swells and looks like a sausage. Doctors call this dactylitis, or sausage digits. Research shows that dactylitis in PsA typically: Affects feet more than hands.

What autoimmune disease causes toe pain? ›

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes painful swelling in various joints of the body, including the toes and the other joints of the feet.

Does CBD oil help arthritis pain? ›

Anecdotally, some people with arthritis who have tried CBD report noticeable pain relief, sleep improvement and/or anxiety reduction. However, like any medication for arthritis, some people do not report any symptom improvements when taking CBD.

What is the golden herb for arthritis? ›

Turmeric. A golden spice that's long been used to lend color and flavor to foods, turmeric also has been used in ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for a variety of conditions, including arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders.

What makes foot arthritis worse? ›

Most daily activities can aggravate the joints in the feet. Putting pressure or weight on the feet can trigger flares but so can resting for long periods, such as overnight. Some people experience flares in cold weather or after eating particular foods.

What is the number 1 inflammatory food? ›

Red meat and processed meats, including bacon, hot dogs, lunch meats and cured meats. Refined grains, including white bread, white rice, pasta and breakfast cereals. Snack foods, including chips, cookies, crackers and pastries.

What should you not drink with arthritis? ›

Beverages to avoid with arthritis
  • Red wine and other alcohol. It's true that red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that may have health benefits. ...
  • Sugar-sweetened drinks. Sugary beverages, like sodas, may significantly increase your risk of arthritis. ...
  • Coffee. ...
  • Milk.
May 22, 2023

What can I drink to reduce inflammation? ›

Drinks That Reduce Inflammation
  • Super Smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to mix various healthy foods into a delicious drink. ...
  • Tasty Teas. Making tea is an easy way to drink various healthy herbs and ingredients in a delicious and soothing way. ...
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. ...
  • Bone Broth. ...
  • Wine.
Feb 28, 2022

What does soaking your feet in hydrogen peroxide do? ›

Soaking your feet in hydrogen peroxide can kill any potentially harmful bacteria and foot fungus. It can also help to reduce odor-causing bacteria and soften calluses and corns. If you want to use hydrogen peroxide on your feet, mix one part hydrogen peroxide with three parts warm water.

What does soaking your feet in vinegar do? ›

It can help control infections, neutralize bad odors, soften the skin, hydrate feet, and calm itching. Apple cider vinegar is rich in acids and antifungal ingredients that can help regulate the pH balance of our skin. Simply add a cup of vinegar to a bowl of warm water and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes.

Does soaking feet in Epsom salt help arthritis? ›

Specifically, if you're suffering from sore muscles and joint pain caused by arthritis or other bone-related ailments, soaking your feet in Epsom Salt could offer you lots of benefits and relief. You might also try an Epsom Salt foot bath to decrease swelling triggered by a foot injury.

How do you treat arthritis in the big toe naturally? ›

Natural Relief from Arthritis Pain
  1. Weight.
  2. Exercise.
  3. Heat and cold.
  4. Acupuncture.
  5. Meditation.
  6. Fatty acids.
  7. Turmeric.
  8. Massage.
May 22, 2020

How do you stop joint pain in your toes? ›

  1. try to rest the affected joint if you can.
  2. put an ice pack (or bag of frozen peas) wrapped in a towel on the painful area for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours.
  3. take painkillers, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, but do not take ibuprofen in the first 48 hours after an injury.
  4. try to lose weight if you're overweight.

What causes arthritis flare ups in big toe? ›

As you age, normal wear and tear on your joints can add up to damage the cartilage that cushions them. This wear and tear is usually what causes hallux rigidus (and other forms of osteoarthritis). Hallux rigidus likely develops because your big toe joint experiences a lot of stress when you walk.

What foods should be avoided with arthritis? ›

Here are eight foods known to contribute to inflammation and the aggravation of your arthritis symptoms.
  • Sweets. Consuming too much sugar increases inflammation in your body. ...
  • Dairy. ...
  • Fatty foods. ...
  • Carbohydrates. ...
  • Tobacco and alcohol. ...
  • Advanced glycation end (AGE) products. ...
  • Gluten. ...
  • Additives.

What is the fastest way to relieve arthritis pain? ›

Heat and cold. Use of heat, such as applying heating pads to aching joints, taking hot baths or showers, or immersing painful joints in warm paraffin wax, can help relieve pain temporarily. Be careful not to burn yourself. Use heating pads for no more than 20 minutes at a time.

What is the best anti-inflammatory drug for arthritis? ›

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

NSAIDs are the most effective oral medicines for OA. They include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) naproxen (Aleve) and diclofenac (Voltaren, others). All work by blocking enzymes that cause pain and swelling.

What is the best thing to soak your feet in for pain? ›

A good soak

A warm Epsom salt foot bath can relieve sore muscles and reduce swelling in your feet. To make an Epsom foot bath, the Farmers' Almanac recommends adding one-half cup Epsom salt to a container of warm water large enough to submerge your feet. Soak your feet for around 20 minutes.

What painkillers are good for foot pain? ›

Oral analgesic medications such as acetaminophen (paracetamol) or aspirin are often the first line choice for quick relief of foot pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen are also often recommended and can help to reduce inflammation at the same time.


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