• Claw toe, also known as claw foot, is when the first toe joint points up and the second toe joint points down. Sometimes this condition is present from birth, other times it appears suddenly. For some people it causes no discomfort, for others, it can be painful.
• Claw toe may be a sign of other conditions, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cerebral palsy.
• Treatments can include splints, proper shoes, exercises, certain medications, and, sometimes, surgery.