Meghan Markle’s feet have been a hot topic since the former actress first stepped onto the British Royal scene. Be it her preference for sky-high stilettos (which are super chic we might add), or her choice to wear ballet flats on her Australian tour made exclusively from recycled plastic bottles, Meghan’s feet always seem to slip their way into the daily news headlines.
This week, Meghan’s second toe is trending. WTF you may retort? Well, we don’t really get the fuss but people seem to be fascinated with her second toe, which peeps out a little further than her big toe. The condition is common AF, and there is actually a formal name for it: Morton’s Toe.
Morton’s Toe is typically NBD, according to Gary A. Pichney, D.P.M., a podiatric surgeon at The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center. “It’s just a hereditary anomaly,” he told Women’s Health Mag. “About 20 percent of the population has it.”
“If you don’t have any pain associated with it, it’s not a big deal,” Pichney says. However, you should keep a few things in mind. First of all, shoes aren’t designed for people with a longer second toe. And, if you’re not wearing properly fitting shoes (i.e., shoes that are too tight on your second toe) you could end up with hard corns on your toe, calluses, and even stress fractures in your feet from the constant pressure of your shoe, Pichney says.
That’s why he recommends that people with Morton’s Toe look for shoes with a roomier toe box. “Make sure there’s room for that second toe,” Pichney says, adding that you don’t want the top of the shoe hitting the top of your toe so it pushes on it.
People with Morton’s Toe are also at a greater risk of developing a hammer toe (where the toe becomes permanently bent), again, if they don’t wear the right shoes, says Kenneth Jung, M.D., a foot and ankle surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.
Still, other than needing to wear shoes that fit, Morton’s Toe shouldn’t be a big factor in your life—and if it makes you a bit more similar to Meghan Markle, consider it a win.
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