The Egyptian foot : meaning and origin
The Egyptian foot is defined by the fact that the first toe is longer than the following ones.
The different foot shapes: Egyptian foot, Roman foot or Greek foot
Perhaps the most interesting fact about the feet of the ancient Egyptians is their use of artificial toes, which have been discovered on at least one mummy. Researchers at the University of Manchester found evidence of two artificial toes, one made from a kind of papier-mâché and the other from wood and leather.
The scientists then decided to try their own version of these prostheses on people and discovered that fake toes could help people (lacking a big toe) walk more comfortably in sandals, the traditional shoes of the time.
The Egyptian foot type appears to protect against ingrown toenails. According to a study by Ogawa and Hyakusoku, the incidence of this painful condition is lower in people who had Egyptian toes.
For the shape of the Egyptian foot, choose shoes that have enough space for the big toe and a sufficient total width to avoid crushing it. Pointed shoes are not recommended.
Author : Philippe Vesin - Pedorthist
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