feet and character


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
feet and character

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but if you really want to know how someone ticks, look to their feet.

Foot reading has been practised in China and India for more than 5,000 years. It stems 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. The arches, for example, are linked to the spine, so a fallen arch will often indicate a back problem.

What’s more, it is believed the mind and body are inextricably linked — so physical ailments can be a product of personality. For example, people with fallen arches might have tried to have too much ‘backbone’; their strong, independent spirit (normally indicated by a high arch) may have caused them to take on too much.

Feet show everything about us — from the working of our digestive system to the state of our relationships.

Here, what your feet reveal about you..

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 a superb 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 chap who can’t wiggle to save his life.


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.


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!

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