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.
Claw toe is four to five times more common in women than in men. The likelihood of claw toe increases with age. It most frequently develops in adults that are in their 70s or 80s.