Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Are you Roman, Egyptian or Greek?

Very soon I will get to 'meet my feet' as it were, and to see how well Mr Nugent was able to correct the deformity.

So I thought I'd do a quick post on feet and their shapes.

Here are my feet as they were before the surgery:

And for comparison, here are the Little Lady's gorgeous feet. You can probably tell she took the picture herself.

While I was doing research for this blog (yes, I do research! It's not just my thoughts spewed out onto the screen!), I found the following diagram. Apparently everyone has one of these three types of feet.

Mine are Greek, with a longer second toe. (A cruel date once told me I had enough second toe to make two toes with, starting off my negative obsession with my feet.)

My husband's are Egyptian, with toes that slope downwards in decreasing height from a longer big toe.

The little Lady looks like she has Roman feet, where the big toe and second toe (and sometimes the third toe too) are all the same length.

Which is weird, because you'd think she would get her feet from one of us. I wonder if I used to have Roman feet, but the big toe moving over caused my second toe to change length? I have read that that can happen.

Unless I can dig out some old photos of my feet as a small child, I guess I'll never know. If I find any, I'll be sure to post them though.

What shape feet do you have? What's your favourite shape? I think I like Roman feet the best.


  1. Greek feet is the rarest and most beautiful feet type! It's just the lack of comfortable shoes designed to accommodate this structure that's causing bunions. There should be like some kind of feet education (haha) at an early age so people wouldn't suffer like you. Alas, most people don't even notice their feet until it started hurting.

  2. I'm glad to find out I may have Egyptian/extraterrestrial blood in my ancestry. My toe-shape fits nicely into pointed shoes. Also I have webbing between 2nd & 3rd toes, my son does too. Does that mean we might have Venusian ancestors? Seriously, I enjoyed your blog. My favorite foot/toe shape is Egyptian... the others look alien to me LOL

  3. The second toe comment made me laugh out loud - which I really needed today. I guess mine are Roman.

  4. I,ve been reading most every article posted and I've found such good and entertaining advice! I 'm on week 4 post bunionectomy. My skin along the incision is healing nicely except for one small spot (at the level of second toe flange. After I shower I even use hair dryer to make sure all moisture is gone. However, after I take off my splint at end of the day, I notice it seeps a little and the area is yellowish (not infected) and round donut crust/scab, different than the rest of the straight line where the stitches were. I've soaked it in water w/ vinegar last night, and some nights I apply a thin layer of pure castor oil over both my feet and rub in.
    I am worried that this area which is a bit indented will not fill in and heal with new skin and leave an ugly scar. would you advice on what to put on or do to help regenerate healthy looking skin?

    1. Hi, I'm sorry you're feeling worried about your scars. I found that the ends of mine looked crusty and dipped, and I also thought they would heal badly, but now (over a year since surgery) they look great with no dips or indentations at all.

      I just rubbed Bio Oil in daily and moisturised as well, so I think just keep going and it will be fine. You're only four weeks in (at time off posting, I appreciate this reply is a touch late) and that's very early, in fact I expect that now it is looking much better.

      Personally I recommend Bio Oil for scarring, or vitamin E oil, so if you're still concerned I'd get one of those.

  5. My feet are definitely Roman (also known as Peasant or Giselle). Shoes are simply not the same shape as my feet - not even the frumpy shoes made specially for grannies fit on my feet. It's a real bugbear. Bigger shoe sizes are merely longer - not, well, BIGGER. Never in my life had I had any footwear that fits. How many of us are out there..?

  6. Is one type of foot more prone to bunions than the other two are? The post and the comments are making it sound like Greek feet are most at risk. If so, I'm safe—but Greek feet sure are pretty. Hey, at least maybe pointy-toed shoes fit you better? And maybe you are less at risk for flat feet (if the shadowing on the drawing/diagram/photo is accurate)?

    Derek Hewlett | http://www.lakeshorefootclinic.ca/en/services.html