April 28, 2013
Daughter Val’s blog reminded me of the research I did a some years ago on the types of feet….all kinds of names for the various styles of feet we humans have been given. The Greek type supposedly is the least common with only 1/6 of people having the 2nd toe the longest. I’ve heard the straight across even length toes on a foot described as a Celtic foot or toes. My 2nd toe, the stay at home piggy, is longer than the piggy that went to market, so according to the above diagram, I have Greek style feet…like the Statue of Liberty and the statue of David by Michelangelo.
And here is some information I found on the internet on the subject:
“According to anatomists three quarters of the population have a so-called Egyptian foot which is characterized by a great toe longer than the second toe, 1/6 of the population have a so-called Greek foot where the great toe is shorter than the second toe, while the rest of the population have a square foot where the great toe has the same length as the second. The reference to Egypt is due to the fact that in Egyptian paintings (where usually feet were shown from a profile point of view) the great toe appeared longer than the second toe. The reference to Greece is due to the fact that Greek statues showed feet having the second toe longer than the great toe.
Notwithstanding the prevailing anatomy, nearly all the Roman statues, often copies of Greek originals, have Greek feet. It is not easy to find a statue with an evident Egyptian foot, because even Egyptian statues have Greek feet. ………Neoclassic artists had such an admiration for Greece that their statues have Greek feet bordering deformity.” http://romeartlover.tripod.com/Feet.html
I’m not sure if it is an ethnic DNA thing that influences what style of feet we have or not. A lot of us are such a mixture of different ethnic groups or nationalities…I know I am Irish, English, German, French, Welsh among others; and here I am with my so called “Greek feet!” What kind of feet do you have?