The middle toe is the Fire toe – the ‘just to do it,’ or not, toe. The fourth toe is the Water toe, capturing Relationship stories. The little toe is the Earth toe, revealing, on the left – trust, and on the right – prosperity and abundance factors.
Known by a wide variety of names, the first toe is: the Great Toe, the Ether Toe, and the Destiny Toe. The element of Ether refers to the vastness of life’s possibilities. When you think of Ether, or being in the Ethers, the vision of limitlessness may come to mind.
Big toe pain is often the result of injury or minor underlying medical conditions. Arthritis, fractures, and gout may all cause big toe pain. Most cases of big toe pain are easily treatable with over-the-counter (OTC) remedies. However, some causes, such as sesamoiditis, may require more in-depth clinical treatment.
The main function of the big toe is to direct body weight through the foot in the direction of travel (Yavuz et al., 2009). Stoneham et al (2018) recently demonstrated the association between big toe valgus (inward squash of big toe towards other toes) and foot pronation while running barefoot.
Reflex areas of central organs such as the spinal column and stomach are in both feet; the organs on the right side of the body (e.g. the liver) are on the right foot, those on the left side (e.g. the spleen) are on the left foot; lungs and kidneys are on both feet; the toes correspond with the brain and its organs.
There’s no evidence to prove that ancestry determines the shape of your foot. Human feet are highly individual. Your right foot and your left foot aren’t even identical. The angle of your toe descent or the length of your second toe doesn’t reveal either your heritage or your personality traits.
Bunions are telling you that you are bending over backwards doing too much for others and not enough for yourself. The degree to which the big toe is deformed towards the little toe shows the degree that you are out of balance in this area of your life.
The Egyptian foot
It is also usually longer and narrower than other shapes. Meaning: Those with this foot shape are said to have feet of royalty and their personality shows it. They enjoy being pampered and taken care of, and aesthetics are very important to them.
The medial plantar nerve supplies sensation to the great toe, second, third, and medial side of the fourth toe. The plantar digital nerves lie just plantar to the digital arteries.
Waking Up in the Morning to a Painful Swollen Big Toe Joint? You may be suffering from gout. Gout is a form of arthritis in the joints that is due to high uric acid levels in the bloodstream. An increase in uric acid forms crystals that can settle in the joints causing an inflammation process.
Gout. Sharp, sudden pain in the big toe joint that strikes when you least expect it—sometimes even in the middle of the night—is one of the hallmark symptoms of gout. Often the pain and hypersensitivity can be so intense that even putting a sheet on top of your toe can hurt.
Your big toe is comprised of two joints: The metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint connects the long bone (metatarsal) of the front of the foot with the first bone in the big toe (phalanx). It forms the mound at the base of the sole of the big toe. The interphalangeal (IP) joint is the big-toe knuckle.
The big toe carries the most weight of all the toes, bearing about 40 percent of the load. The big toe is also the last part of the foot to push off the ground before taking the next step. A nine-toed gait is less efficient, slower and shorter, but no less effective.
The sole is the bottom of the foot. In humans the sole of the foot is anatomically referred to as the plantar aspect.
On the inside of the big toe are the first points of the Spleen channel in Chinese Medicine and on the plantar surface of the foot near the big toe is the all important Kidney 1 point. This point is the spring or “Bubbler” in Chinese practice and it gives rise to the kidney life force in the body.
Greek foot is when the second toe seems longer than the big toe. It’s very common: some people just have this foot shape and others don’t. The Greek foot is aptly named, as 46% of participants in a study conducted throughout Greece had this morphological feature, which affects only 5% of the world’s population.
Morton’s foot, long second toe, short first metatarsal, is said to be a sign of nobility and is sometimes referred to as the “aristocratic foot type.” If your second toe is longer than your first toe and you are an athlete, you are frequently doomed for failure.
Celtic feet: the luck of the Irish
The Celtic foot shape is a combination of Germanic toes (one big toe, and all other toes of the same length) and a pronounced second digit like the Greeks, with descending toe size from the third toe onwards.
Morton’s toe, or Morton’s foot, describes the condition where your second toe looks longer than your big toe. It’s very common: Some people just have it and others don’t. In some people, Morton’s toe may increase the chances of calluses forming on the sole of your foot and some other foot pains.
Prevalence. Morton’s foot affects approximately 22% of the population. This is in contrast to 69% of the population with Egyptian foot, which is characterized by the big toe being the longest. Squared foot is less common, with approximately 9% of the population with the same length of the great and second toe.
If your second toe is longer than the rest of your toes then you have Greek shaped feet. You are sporty, creative and very active. You also love motivating others. The drawback with them is that they have a tendency to suffer from stress.
Over time, chronic stress and anxiety can also increase your sensitivity to pain. Consequently, when your feet hurt, anxiety may intensify the pain. From here it’s an ongoing cycle of pain and anxiety. As your pain worsens, you may become more anxious, which can make your feet hurt even more.
Injury, overuse or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot can cause foot pain. Arthritis is a common cause of foot pain. Injury to the nerves of the feet may result in intense burning pain, numbness or tingling (peripheral neuropathy).
Can Anxiety, Depression, or Emotional Stress Cause Plantar Fasciitis? While depression or anxiety can certainly be byproducts of chronic pain, there’s some evidence suggesting that emotional stress can increase your chances of developing plantar fasciitis.