Why does stubbing your toe hurt so much? © iStock

Why does stubbing your toe hurt so much?

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

Asked by: Tom Reynolds, King’s Lynn

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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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