Please ignore the pasty white, sickly Pacific Northwest skin tone. Legal Disclaimer: I take no responsibility, or assume any liability, for your eyes being blinded by the brightness.
I posted this picture on Facebook of my feet cooling off in Buttermilk Bay, near my house. One of my friends commented about my second toe being longer than my big toe. A few people have mentioned it in the past when they saw me barefoot, but all I could tell them was that it's hereditary on my mom's side. I decided to look it up and it's called "Morton's Toe". It's not that the 2nd toe is longer, the 1st one is shorter. It's also known as "The Greek Foot". Having the great toe longer is known as The Egyptian Foot. I was pleased to read that the Greek Foot is associated with royalty, is an idealized form in Greek sculpture, and "persisted as an aesthetic standard through Roman and Renaissance periods and later." Apparently the Statue of Liberty has the 2nd toe longer too. See? I told you I was Queen of the Entire Planet!! *she says smugly*
I also learned that people with Morton's Toe are more prone to musculoskeletal pain, by lowering one of the hips. This leads to a forward-leaning, head-forward posture, which is one thing with which I've always had a problem. My mom was constantly after me to stand up straight and quit leaning forward. This also causes hip pain, low back pain, shoulder and neck pain. Anyone who knows me and grew up with me knows that I have never been able to straighten out my legs due to horrible hip pain.
On a side note, I found that silver ankle bracelet in the parking lot at the local Evil Empire....erm....I mean Wal-Mart. Nothing like a good Ground Score!