Treatments for arthritis in the feet include taking medications such as painkillers and oral or injectable corticosteroids, which reduce inflammation, states the Arthritis Foundation. Other treatments include physical therapy, controlling one's weight and wearing custom shoes, according to WebMD.
Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can ease the pain associated with arthritis in the foot, states the Arthritis Foundation. Some of these medicines may be available over-the-counter. Other medications that may help ease symptoms are called disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, or DMARDs. These medicines change the course of the inflammatory disease, which may provide relief. Gout medications are another treatment option, as are certain analgesics, which could be used in the form of a salve or balm if a the pain is located more in the soft tissue of the foot.