What Fingers and Toes Can Tell You About Your Health

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8. Boss Potential

This is definitely not scientific, but for centuries myth had it that if your second toe was longer than your big toe, you would be the head of your family and have leadership abilities. The formation actually has a name, “Morton’s toe”, but absolutely no proof of the myth has been found. Of course, if you do have a second toe that is longer than your big toe, you might want to use it to get a promotion!


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7. Aches In Your Future

In 2008, a study carried out at the University of Nottingham showed that people with index fingers shorter than their ring fingers are more likely to get osteoarthritis (or degenerative arthritis). Researchers studied 2,000 people, and the ones with the shorter fingers had double the likelihood of suffering from the condition. Once again, it’s likely to do with hormones, in this case estrogen levels.

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6. Empathy

Another study carried out this year (2011) suggests that the length of your ring finger tells you how much empathy you have, or how much ability to read others’ emotions. This time, the finding is tied to fetal testosterone exposure, with women more likely to have longer ring fingers than men. Does this mean women are better with money skills as well (see entry 10)? Some physicians have dismissed this study, however.

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