ok, this is marginal to us , but have a look at this widespread foot deformity found in the Doma (or Wadoma) people from Zimbabwe, aka the ostrich- (or lobster claw)footed, or two-toe people. one out of four among them has oyster feet. the gene is dominant and spread by traditional inbreeding. no wonder theyre mostly barefooters (go find shoes for THESE feet): no standard footwear for them... each pair of sandals must be a custom pair.
spite of this deformity they still can walk but with some difficulty according to the shape, running is also difficult to them. it`s said this condition helps them while climbing trees, though.
"The Doma, also Vadoma or Wadoma (singular Mudoma), are a tribe living in the west of Zimbabwe, especially in the Urungwe and Sipolilo districts on the Zambezi river valley. They have few contacts with the Bantu majority.
A substantial majority of this tribe has a condition known as ectrodactyly in which the middle three toes are absent and the two outer ones are turned in, resulting in the tribe being known as the "two toed" or "ostrich footed" tribe. This is an autosomal dominant condition resulting from a single mutation on chromosome number seven. It is reported that those with the condition are not handicapped and well integrated into the tribe. Indeed it may help in tree climbing. The Kalanga of the Kalahari desert also have a number of members with ectrodactyly, and may be related.
The Vadoma are a popular example of the genetic effects of small population size on genetic defects and mutation, in a case of blatant inbreeding depression. Due to the Vadoma tribe`s isolation, they have developed and maintained ectrodactyly, and due to the comparatively small gene pool, the condition is much more frequent than elsewhere."
Members of the village