Good news for people like me.
According to this article, the big toe plays a factor in sports performance. Apparently, a big toe that is larger than the second toe is advantageous for things like pushing off in various sports and is perhaps indicative of a "natural athlete". Now that I know this, I'll have to embrace my inner natural athlete because do I ever have a big toe.
If I had the guts and if our camera was a little less cranky, I would post a picture of my foot so that you could really get an idea of how long my big toe is. Instead, here is my foot in numbers:
Total length from heel to tip of big toe: 9 inches/22.8cm
Total length of big toe: 2.5 inches/6.35cm
Total length of second toe: 1.5 inches/3.8cm
Yup, an entire inch.
I'm not so sure they were taking into account that kind of differential when they were studying this big toe business.
On a side note to this- the article mentions that most people's second toes are longer than their first. I had no idea. Which is bigger on your foot?