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A Morton's toe, or Morton Foot Syndrome as it's properly called, is a biological quirk where a person's second toe -- the pointer toe if you will -- is longer than the person's big toe. It's a fairly common hereditary condition, occurring in one out of every five people -- though there are some ethnic groups that have much higher rates.

It Usually Doesn't Affect People Who Have It

For the most part, Morton's Toe doesn't cause very much harm. For most people with it, it's purely cosmetic. But, it can cause some problems and occasionally they can be serious. The syndrome, named after Dr. Dudley Morton, can cause pain in a person's foot or ankle as well as calluses, bunions and even hammer toes. Which are not as cool as 80s rapper MC Hammer. If you subscribe to everything Dr. Morton listed in his book "Oh Doctor! My Foot!" you wonder how anyone with Morton's Toe can even walk or live a normal life. Dr. Morton lists ankle pain, knee pain, neck and back pain, Scoliosis and more as being caused by that one toe that is half an inch too long.

For some people, it can honestly cause real problems, but for most, it doesn't affect them or at the worst, something easily corrected with the right footwear.

There have also been non-physical traits associated with the toe, like intelligence, confidence and those kinds of things, but unsurprisingly, those have been basically debunked.

There Is A Long History Of Morton's Toe In Art

The Statue Of Liberty has Morton's Toe. So does the Venus de Milo.

The condition is also known as "Greek Toe" because, in ancient Greek sculptures, it was the standard. It remained the standard in Roman sculptures as well. During the Renaissance, when Da Vinci drew his Vitruvian Man, he drew him with a Morton's Toe. Botticelli's Venus In the Half Shell has them.

Morton's Toe, Greek Toe, Royal Toe

The condition that is commonly called Morton's Toe today has gone by many names over the years, like Greek Toe for its prevalence in Greek art, or Royal Toe because it has been a common trait in European Royalty. It's also been known as Viking's Toe and Shephard's Toe, but since Dr. Morton literally wrote the book on it in the early 20th Century, it's been Morton's Toe.

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