A number of products are available that provide topical relief on the top of the foot or on other areas of the body, according to WebMD. Some of these medications are available without a prescription. These products generally contain one or more of these active ingredients: counterirritants, salicylates or capsaicin.
Medications that include counterirritants such as menthol, methyl salicylate and camphor create a cooling sensation that provide relief when rubbed or applied on the skin, explains WebMD. Creams that include ingredients in the salicylates family act like aspirin, providing pain relief when rubbed into areas, especially near joints. The ingredient capsaicin is found in hot peppers and creates a warm feeling over the affected area. Capsaicin creams may work slowly. Check with a medical professional for advice about use of these or any medication.