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Your toes are part of your forefoot. They help you balance, walk, and move. Your big toe (hallux) contains two bones (phalanges). Your second through fifth toes contain three bones. Claw toe results when the joint at the base of the toe is bent (contracted) upward and the remaining joints in the toe bend downward, creating the appearance of a curved claw.
Your podiatrist can safely remove corns and calluses. You should not try to remove them at home.
Am I at Risk
You may be at risk for claw toe if you have an underlying medical condition that contributes to it or if it is an inherited condition that runs in your family. Wearing poorly fitted shoes increases the risk of claw toe.
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