Are your feet weird too? . . . Parte Deux
Uncle Bubba needs to know if his family has mutated toes or if all Native American feet are different. In an earlier article, Clothes and Shoes Seem to Never Fit, POOF discussed the many aspects of the Native American physique that are different than Asians, Africans, Middle Easterners and Europeans. Many readers wrote that they can’t find shoes, which fit them. I am in the same boat. I now wear low top hiking shoes virtually 100% of the time . . . leather shoes are just torture for me. However, Little Sis in Merry Ole England is having a health crisis that seems to be related to inherited weird feet. She reached out to Uncle Bubba for input from the Native American community.
Little Sis confessed that while living in Merry Ole England, she has been walking 30 to 50 miles a week. Next thing you know, she and her engineer hubby will be moving to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee to become organic farmers. LOL She did too much walking and it messed up one of her feet and ankles. She had to wear a soft cast for several weeks and is now in rehab therapy.
Then the English foot therapist ridiculed her feet! He asked her to wiggle her big toe. Her big toe swung wide enough to hit a cricket ball. Then he asked her to wiggle her little toes together. She can’t do it. I can’t do it. Little Sis’s daughter (my niece) can’t do it. If we tell our little toes to wiggle up and down, the big toe goes with them. It seems that Anglo-Saxons can easily wiggle their smaller toes separately unless they have damaged feet. They also have much smaller “big toes” than Creeks. The inability of my sister to wiggle her little toes separately indicated to the British doctor that she had something wrong with her feet.
I wrote back that the quickest way for me to determine if someone really has substantial Native American heritage is to watch them when they walk. Muskogeans walk differently than people from the Old World. We first touch the ground with the inside front end of the foot then place all the weight on the foot. It is a very handy trait for climbing mountains and sand dunes. So a shoe tread worn by a Muskogean or Mesoamerican indigenous person wears out at a different location than treads worn by Asians, Africans, Middle Easterners and Europeans.
Now as for this business about the smaller toes not being able to wiggle up and down separately . . . that may be a weird trait from our family. We do carry a weird packet of DNA . . . Nordic from eastern Scotland and Scandinavia, Muskogean from Mexico, Maya from Mexico, Panoan from Peru, Polynesian, Sami (Lapp) from northern Scandinavia and Basque.
So the question to our readers out there with Native American heritage . . . can you wiggle your smaller toes up and down separately from your big toe? Is your big toe supersized?
Inquiring minds want to know!
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