Popular Q&A: Toes

How Can I Treat Numbness in My Second Toe?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

How can I treat numbness in my second toe?
Numbness in the feet, including the second toe, may be the result of nerve impingement or nerve damage, and it can be caused by numerous health problems, including diabetes, Buerger's disease and other circulatory problems, vitamin B12 deficiency, and interdigital neuromas, among other causes. Diabetes is a common cause of foot numbness, and nerve damage is one... Read more

Is the Little Toe a Vestigial Structure? Why or Why Not?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Is the little toe a vestigial structure? Why or why not?
A vestigial structure is an organ or physical attribute that has lost some, most, or all of its original or ancestral function but yet is still retained by members of a given species. An example of a vestigial structure in humans is the appendix (at least, to the best of our knowledge). Suggesting that the... Read more

Why Do Some People Have a Longer Second Toe Than Big Toe?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Why do some people have a longer second toe than big toe?
Every set of feet is unique! Among the many possible foot characteristics that vary from person to person are: arch height, foot and toe width, and foot and toe length. Some people (probably somewhere between 20-30 percent of the population) possess an index toe (i.e., second toe) that is longer than the big toe.... Read more