Foot reading has been practised in India and China for more than 5,000 years.
India’s oldest mythological poem ‘Ramayan‘ has a scene where Rama’s wife Seetha describes about her foot reading to a demon woman Trijata.
She had foot reading before marriage, which suggested that her husband will be an emperor, so she was confident of victory over Ravana in battle.
Foot reading evolves from the belief that the feet act as a mirror to the rest of the body. Any lumps, calluses or pain in the feet are indicative of problems elsewhere. For example, a fallen arch will often indicate a back problem.
Infact, foot reading can reveal many things from your digestive system functioning to your state of relationships at present.
However, modern foot reading cannot predict much about future like ancient people did.
Most of this science is lost due to people showing more interest in palmistry and astrology.
Basics about Toes in Foot Reading
If your big toe is much longer than your other toes, you are a clever, creative thinker. You come up with ingenious solutions to problems and fizz with ideas. You’re never stumped for an answer, and can see things from different angles. On the downside, you may have problems focusing and sometimes don’t see projects through.
If your big toe is comparatively small, this indicates that you are a superb multi-tasker. You delegate effectively and are efficient. You use your charm to persuade people to go along with your ideas.
The longer your second toe, the more leadership qualities you have. You are dynamic and resourceful, but your desire to get things done, ‘my way or no way’, can tip over into bossiness.
Indian folklore has it that eagle-eyed mothers stopped their sons marrying girls with long second toes because it meant they were far too bossy!
A smaller second toe doesn’t mean you’re a pushover, though. It simply indicates you are happy to bide your time. You value harmony and won’t try to bulldoze your way through situations.
The Chinese associate energy, drive and willpower with the third toe. If it is comparatively long, it means you are incredibly energetic and resourceful, especially at work.
The longer this toe is, the more you are driven to succeed in your career.
You’re a perfectionist and can achieve huge amounts with your determination and energy. The drawback is a tendency to let work take over and to forget about fun, love and family.
If the toe is short, you enjoy the pleasures in life. You love relaxing and don’t get worked up about anything. Others may accuse you of being lazy, but you would argue that life is short, so enjoy it.
A long, straight fourth toe indicates family is crucially important to your life. Unhappiness in your relationships with loved ones will show up in a curling of this toe.
You are an excellent listener and nurturer, but will be deeply affected by unhappiness within the family. You find it hard to cut yourself off from other people’s problems.
The Chinese would say that you’re a gentle soul, easily wounded. Your health might be affected by any disturbances in the home. If your toes are clawed you need to try to let go, relax and don’t take on all the burdens of others.
A short fourth toe means that family and relationships are less crucial to you — your focus is elsewhere.
Childlike impishness is a characteristic of those with small little toes. You’ll shy away from responsibility, be easily bored and constantly looking for amusing diversions. You are great fun to be with, sociable and witty, but your Peter Pan tendencies can land you in trouble — we all have to grow up sometime.
And if you can wiggle your little toe separately from your fourth toe, you are an impulsive, adventurous, charming flirt. If you can’t, you value routine, predictability and loyalty. Go for a man who can wiggle his little toe if you want a mad, fun, frenetic wild night out — but as for marriage, pick a guy who can’t wiggle to save his life.
Tips about Toes in Foot Reading
Toes that graduate in size
If each toe is a little longer than the one before, creating a neat line, this indicates a methodical, precise and extremely practical person. You’re interested in detail and ensure that you always finish what you start. You’re a dream employee, and a good friend — loyal and steadfast to a fault. Watch out for a tendency to nitpick, though — not everyone is as balanced as you.
You’ve got solid worker feet. You’re always on the go and can’t sit still for a minute. The Chinese would say your feet are planted firmly on the ground.
You’re happiest when you’re busy, but should try to make time for reflection, and a little peace and calm in your life. Let yourself stop and think. There’s a difference between idle day-dreaming and gentle reflection.
Long Narrow Feet
You like nothing better than to be pampered. You find it incredibly easy to delegate — why bother with all the hard work if you can get someone else to do it for you? You’ve got a strong aesthetic sense and need beauty in your surroundings.
Your home will be gorgeous whatever your income. The Chinese would say you have Princess feet that barely touch the ground. You were born to be waited on, but spare a thought for the rest of us!
High arches are found on people who are very independent and self-sufficient. You need plenty of time on your own and might even be accused of being anti-social.
You have an indomitable spirit, but remember, it isn’t a weakness to ask for help. In Chinese philosophy, those with very high arches are in danger of being brittle and rigid.
If your arches are low or average, you value the company of others, are sociable and fairly extrovert. You enjoy having a good time and want to ensure that others do, too.
Little toe on its side
If your little toe is on its side with the nail facing the wall instead of the ceiling then you are unconventional, rebellious; it’s my way or the highway!
Second toe (next to the big toe) shaped narrow at the base and wide at the tip
If the base of your second toe (where it joins the foot) is much narrower than the tip, then whatever you’re feeling, you will express it much bigger than you feel it. So if you’re in a good mood it’s great to be around you but if you’re in a bad mood, run for cover! In other words, you have ‘drama queen’ tendencies!
Third toe tilted so nail faces towards the little toe
You’re great at forward planning in terms of what you’re doing. You’re able to look ahead and consider the next steps.
Hard skin around the outside edge of the heel
This indicates that you are feeling insecure about how you want to move forward and take the next steps.
Massive toe pads
If you are blessed with massive toe pads then you are a very deep thinker and you like to consider everything carefully.
Long necks to the toes
When viewing the sole of the foot, if the necks of the toes look long, then you are very expressive. You can talk for England!
Tendon showing at base of big toe when feet at rest
If just your big toe tendon shows when you are sitting in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, then you are self-disciplined.
Gap between second to third toe
If there is a gap between the top of the second and third toes then you are keeping your emotions separate from what you are doing. There are two reasons why this may be so. This could be because your work role requires detachment or it could be because you’re not enjoying what you are doing.
Little toe separates from fourth toe
Spread out your toes. Can you separate your little toe from your fourth toe?
The degree to which you can separate the little toe from the fourth toe is the degree to which you are adventurous, need constant change, and hate routine. If things get too routine you’ll deliberately upset the apple cart to see what’s going to happen.
Little toe can’t separate from fourth toe
If you can’t separate your little toe from your fourth toe then you need routine for your sense of security. You are loyal, reliable, and trustworthy and don’t want too many surprises. We could set our clocks by you!
Health secrets known through Toes
Flaking Skin : In Chinese medicine, the skin represents your reaction to life. If foot skin is flaky, you are not looking after yourself. You’re pushing yourself too hard. Flaky skin also indicates you need more love in your life.
DARK patches of skin on the Toe Pads : This can indicate depression; depressed people tend to walk on the front of their feet, pushing their weight forwards.
Ridged Nails : If your toe nails are vertically ridged, you may have a problem with your digestive and metabolic system. Try eating healthily. Horizontal ridges indicate very high stress levels.
Bunions : When I see a bunion I see someone who is running themselves ragged for others. Stop, and think about yourself for a change.
Calluses on the Ball of the Foot : The ball of the foot is associated with shoulders. A callus here indicates someone with bad posture. Perhaps you’re exhausted or shouldering too much responsibility.
Patches of Dark Red or Purple color : Darkened areas of skin indicate deep hurt. Patches of purple or red on feet point towards an emotional wound. If your feet are paler than the rest of your body, your circulation is weak.
Swelling under the Ball of Foot : The central area underneath the ball of the foot represents the stomach and liver. If there are swellings here, you should cut back on alcohol and fatty food.
Soft spongy area around the Achilles Tendon : A squashy, spongy area around the Achilles tendon on the heel indicates fertility problems. Cutting back on caffeine and increasing the amount of water you drink will help.
Cracked Heels : Poor digestion, excess heat produced in body which is not balanced.
Should avoid spicy and fried food. Should always cover feet with socks and shoes.