This is a plantar flexion deformity of the proximal inter phalangeal joint, the distal interphalangeal joint remaining normal or possibly dorsiflexed, it can occur at any of the 3 middle toes, second being the most commonly affected.


  • Toes are bent upward
  • Toes are bent downward (Flexion) at the middle joints towards the sole of your shoe.
  • Corns may develop over the top of the toe or under the ball of the foot

Claw toes deformities are usually flexible at first, but harden into place over time. If you have claw toe in early stages, Gait Maxx Foot Specialists (Pedorthist) may recommend an orthotic or tape to hold your toes in correct position. We can also advise on correct footwear, stretching techniques and special pads to redistribute your weight and relieve pressure on the ball of your foot.