They play a very important role: why people really need little fingers
We usually remember our little fingers when we hit a high threshold with them. However, scientists think of them much more often - they have even recently conducted an interesting study.
In one of the experiments, experts tested the relationship between finger length and running speed. The Ifl Science publication told more about it.
The results of the study showed that people with longer fingers spend more energy running. However, there was a discrepancy: it turned out that sprinters, athletes, and marathon runners tend to have longer toes, gaining a short burst of speed advantage in exchange for more energy expenditure.
All toes are used to maintain balance and move forward, and the little toe is not a useless appendage.
Podiatrist Bruce Pinker of Progressive Foot Care How Stuff Works emphasised that without the little toe, normal foot biomechanics would be impossible.
"The purpose of the little toe is to provide balance. When a person takes a step, the foot rolls from the lateral side to the medial side in normal foot biomechanics," Pinker explained.
In this case, the pinky joint plays a major role.
"It's the big toe joint, the little toe joint and the heel that determine our ability to walk straight. It acts like a tripod. If you remove one part of the tripod, you will lose your balance," said specialist Venjay Sung, a doctor at White Memorial Medical Group.
In case of loss of little fingers, people will eventually get used to walking without them, doctors say. However, this will lead to a change in gait and frequent falls due to imbalance.
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