Forrest Gump said, "Momma always says there's an awful lot you could tell about a person by their shoes. Where they're going. Where they've been." The lovable character was right, as he was about most things, but the same logic applies to feet.
The Daily Mail reports that Chinese and Indian cultures have embraced the art of foot reading for thousands of years. The idea behind the practice is that you can tell a lot about a person based on the shape and condition of their feet, from personality traits to health issues.
For instance, fallen arches may be the sign of back problems, but also a signal that a person is hard working and perhaps puts too much pressure on themselves at times. Bunions may imply the same thing, according to the Mail. (I know this is true in my case. My sore arches and bony protrusions have nothing to do with shopping for hours on end in stilettos. Nothing, I tell you.)
Maybe this is the pot calling the kettle black, but these UK news sources seem to have a major thing for feet, because The Telegraph has also reported on foot reading. The newspaper's website features an interview with Jane Sheehan, an experienced foot reader.
"The fact is that when you are experiencing strong emotions, your whole body shows it. We're used to the way in which tension, for example, is reflected in the head, or neck, or stomach. But feelings also show up in the feet. Did you know that when you are embarrassed, the neck of your big toe blushes red?" Sheehan told the news source.
Oh my, I thought that was just my bunion!
The foot expert also said that pinched or calloused feet that result from wearing tight shoes day after day probably say a lot about a person, too.
Like what, Sheehan? That we're fabulous? That's what I thought.
Other interesting tidbits mentioned in The Telegraph included the belief that a gap between the second and third toes symbolizes that a person is trying to separate themselves from their emotions. Additionally, Sheehan believes that a twitching fourth toe may signal that you're uncomfortable in your relationship. (Perhaps he's a "Mr. Big" type.)
Skin conditions, discolored or irregular toenails and lumps may all be signs of serious illnesses, so individuals who notice these conditions on their feet should consult with their healthcare provider.