This phenomenon is widespread, supposedly every 3rd person in Europe has it, but very few know what it means if your second toe is longer than your big toe.
Some people call this the "Greek foot." It's apparently known as a sign of strength, intelligence, and sexual attraction. Here's what it looks like on an x-ray:
Most people think that it's just a visual difference, but maybe you should start paying closer attention to your toes, because this can quickly lead to pain.
When you walk or run, your feet carry the majority of your body weight. People who have "Greek feet" can quickly develop pain in their second toe, because it is often bent quite hard. This movement can lead to inflammation in the joint after some time and can turn very painful. The risk is higher for runners.
What can you do to remedy this? It's definitely important to wear the right-sized shoes that have enough space for your toes. You should never wear shoes that cause pain around your toes. If you treat your feet nicely, they'll do you some good in return :)
You could alternatively wear inserts, which help against pain and inflammation. The best material to use is thin and soft likeMoleskin. You can fold the material over and cut it so it rests under your heel and the middle of your foot. This slightly lifts the foot and relieves some pressure from your toes.
If you have severe pain in your toes, you should definitely check in with your doctor. If you take care of them, your feet will last you a lifetime!
Look Closely at Your Second Toe. If Its This Long, You Have a Greek Foot.4.55SEEKER Sunday, 8 May 2016 This phenomenon is widespread, supposedly every 3rd person in Europe has it, but very few know what...