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Ok.. I broke some toes in my foot and I want to tell a friend about it on Facebook.

Now, here's the problem. Every foot has 5 toes. Only 3 toes have a name:

  • big toe
  • middle toe
  • small toe

What's the name of the others?

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This little piggie went to market, this little piggie stayed home, this little piggie had roast beef, ... –  GEdgar Dec 4 '11 at 0:06
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So the names are market toe, home toe, roast beef toe, none toe, and wee toe? –  Peter Shor Dec 4 '11 at 0:23
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-1 and voting to close as general reference because the question shows no research and can be answered by Wikipedia. –  Hugo Dec 4 '11 at 10:17
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closed as general reference by Hugo, kiamlaluno, Marthaª, RegDwigнt Dec 9 '11 at 20:50

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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The toes are, from medial to lateral:

  • Hallux ("big toe" or "great toe"), the innermost (most proximal) toe and the closest to the toes of the other foot
  • Second toe or "long toe" (although commonly shorter than the big toe)
  • Third toe, occasionally described as the "ring toe"
  • Fourth toe, sometimes described as the "ring toe"
  • Fifth toe ("little toe", "pinky toe", or "baby toe"), the outermost (most distal) toe
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I wonder how many understand what I am talking about when I say that my hallux hurts. –  Enrico Pallazzo Dec 4 '11 at 1:31
    
If you were a monkey it would be the thumb toe. –  Tor Valamo Dec 4 '11 at 2:17
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Looking on Ngrams, the names that are most used appear to be:

Big toe,
Second toe,
Third toe (or middle toe),
Fourth toe,
Little toe (or fifth toe).

I have left "big toe" out of the Ngram, because it dominates everything else.

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To continue your naming terminology (which are the common names anyway):

  • Big toe
  • Index toe
  • Middle toe
  • Ring toe
  • Pinky toe
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There are medical technical terms for each of the toes, but in common parlance, only two toes have names, the big toe and the pinky toe (the smallest one).

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