"that long second toe that you sometimes see on the statues done by the Greeks"
Greek statue known as the 'Thermae boxer' (300-200 BC)
Public DomainGreek statue known as the 'Thermae boxer' (300-200 BC) - Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen, Wikimedia Commons
Foot of the 'Thermae boxer'
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeFoot of the 'Thermae boxer' - Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen, Wikimedia Commons

Making the second toe longer than the big toe was the norm in Greek Sculpture, and it later became the accepted form for Roman and Renaissance Sculptors.

Although 10-25% (estimates vary) of the world's population have this characteristic, it is generally viewed as a potential problem and is given the medical name Morton's Toe.

The Statue of Liberty suffers from Morton's Toe!

 

 

Morton's toe
Public DomainMorton's toe - Credit: Jonnystahl, Wikimedia Commons