Friday, December 20, 2013

The Statue of Liberty and her Morton's toe

By Jack Brummet, Statue and Monument Ed.

Did you know the Statue of Liberty has the condition known as Morton's toe (or Greek foot or "Royal Toe" or "LaMay toe" or "Sheppard's Toe" or Morton's syndrome?  According to the Wikipedia:  "Long toe) is the common term for the condition of a shortened first metatarsal in relation to the second metatarsal. It is a type of brachymetatarsia."

"The metatarsal bones behind the toes vary in relative length. In Morton's foot, the first metatarsal, behind the big toe, is short compared to the second metatarsal, next to it. The long second metatarsal puts the joint at the base of the second toe (the second metatarsal-phalangeal, or MTP, joint) further forward. If the big toe and the second toe next to it are the same length, the second toe will be longer than the big toe," as shown in the photo below:


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