Causes

Pain in the toe joints can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, in which the immune system attacks the toe joints and causes swelling and pain. With psoriatic arthritis, another autoimmune disease, the entire toe can swell up.

When to See a Doctor

  • See your doctor if you think you might have osteoarthritis in the foot. The sooner you get some help, the more you can do to slow down the wear and tear on the joint.
  • Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist who will show you exercises to relieve the pain in your foot.

Treatments

Home Care Options

  • Ice and rest can relieve the pain from osteoarthritis in the toes.
  • Take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine (NSAID) like ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling.