There are different types of feet but, according to the latest data, 14% of the world’s population has the so-called “Greek toe”, which means that the second toe is longer than the first toe, which we usually call the “big toe”.
For many years it was thought that having a “Greek foot” was something special, but over the years science has proven that this is not the case.
According to legends, the Greek goddesses had this type of “special foot”, but also the people who possessed it had inherited divine powers.
Historically, people with this type of foot have been associated with intelligence, strength and sexual attraction. But these are just myths that cannot be proven.
Types of feet
The Greek foot and its care
The reality is that having a “Greek foot” is neither good nor bad, but if you do not take special care of the footwear you use for each occasion, it can cause pain and problems. Scientific studies have proven that the “Greek foot” is more likely to present painful and inflammatory conditions, so footwear plays an essential role. If you have this type of foot, it is best to wear a comfortable shoe that supports the foot without compressing the toes, thus avoiding the development of claw and/or hammer toes.
In addition, it is important to use anatomical insoles to ensure good cushioning of the body, because it is in the second toe where there is the most pressure when walking or flexing the second toe.
In any case, if you have the “Greek foot” and you begin to have discomfort, the best option is to visit your doctor. podiatrist or foot specialist to perform a study and provide the appropriate treatment, reducing the likelihood of developing problems or severe deformities in the joints of the foot.
Article prepared by Clínica San Román
Date of publication: 12-02-2018
Date of revision: 9-02-2020