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Why does stubbing your toe hurt so much?

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It's 'toe' joke when you bash one of your lower digits.

Asked by: Tom Reynolds, King’s Lynn


Toes, like fingers, have lots of nerve endings so they can sense the texture of the ground underfoot and maintain balance. They are also at the end of a long and heavy pendulum – your leg. So when they strike something, they strike it fast and hard and there are lots of pain receptors anxious to remind you to be more careful next time.


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