Toe Types Give Insight to Future Complications


When you are diagnosed with a foot or ankle condition, it can be hard to accept. How did this happen? Why is it happening to me? How can I treat my condition? There are probably all kinds of questions, comments and concerns running through your head as you come to accept your new injury or condition. Some of these conditions can be from an accident while others can occur because of your genetic makeup.  When you look at your feet, they give you a map of your genetic history and can also help you determine whether or not you will be suffering from a certain condition down the line.

Everyone generally is born with similar looking feet. Each foot has five toes, five nailbeds with nails, an arch, and a heel and forefoot. The biggest difference that can be seen when you line up a bunch of different feet is the size of the toes. Your genetic makeup determines the size of your toes and this can say a lot about your medical future.

Tapered Toes

These types of toes usually go from largest to smallest and taper as they go. These feet are made well for walking but typically have a harder time finding properly fitting shoes because of the big toes length. Socks can also pose a problem and receive more holes from wear.

Same Length Toes

These toes are all about the same length. They are also known as “peasant toes” and are good for stable walking.

The Longer Second Toe

Sometimes people have a longer second toe. This toe is usually even bigger than the big toe. The rest of the toes become smaller and taper off. People with this type of foot structure tend to have more foot and ankle related problems later in life.

A Large Big Toe and Even Four

These toes tend to have one larger big toe and all the other toes are about the same length.  Proper fitting shoes can be hard to find with these types of toes.

Toes that Vary in Length

Some feet have toes that vary in length. Sometimes the big toe is short, the next toe is long and the others are mixed too. These toes may have a predisposition to bunions.

Genetics can play a key role in how your feet shape up. Toe types can dictate what kind of dilemmas you may have picking proper footwear or what kind of condition you may develop. To talk more about your feet, call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff will teach you about your toes and their correlation to your foot health. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.