Why are toes so sensitive???

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by KneD, Jan 14, 2003.

  1. KneD Le Penseur Registered Senior Member

    everyone has once punched/hitted (don't know the right word in english) his toe against a chair or so.
    I had it last night (yes, in the dark, while getting some food), and I don't think I have ever had that pain before.

    Especially the smallest toe, OUCH!

    WHY?????? are toes so sensitive, the pain almost paralyses you, it doesn't make much sense to me.

    this is one of the difficult questions of life, isn't it :D
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  3. Adam §Þ@ç€ MØnk€¥ Registered Senior Member

    Toes are sensitive because they are the primary tactile sensors while wandering about.
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  5. KneD Le Penseur Registered Senior Member

    You're right about that wandering, but.... another question in reply:

    aren't those different senses?; there are "feel-senses" for heat and for touch...

    because I agree touch is the important one in toes, but is that the same as pain?

    I once learned with biology-lessons, can not recall.

    P.S. else I think that whatever created us, should've thought of bumping toes, and make pain another sense :cool:
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  7. LaoTzu Registered Senior Member

    Revenge of the Little Piggies

    Probably because you swing your feet around a lot harder than you think (they're the farthest from your head and therefore easy to be clumsy with).
  8. ElectricFetus I'm just going for a walk... Valued Senior Member

    I guess the above theories sounds good. I would like to know why the heal of the foot is so sensitive though… I just stepped on glass and all and you would think with my kind of callus I would not feel a thing but DAM does it hurt!
  9. wet1 Wanderer Registered Senior Member

    Walk without shoes or foot coverings and you will find that you feet will toughen. The heel especially. Look at kids in the summer. If you have a long spring and summer you will find that their heels are so tough that rocks and such are not as big a bother as you would think.
  10. eaxelrod Registered Senior Member

    >> WHY?????? are toes so sensitive

    To keep you from stubbing your toe. /g/
  11. Vortexx Skull & Bones Spokesman Registered Senior Member

    makes you watch your step
  12. sycoindian myxomatosis> Registered Senior Member

    keep reflexologists in business :D
  13. Redrover Registered Senior Member

    For two reasons: You have a tendency to swing your foot a lot faster than any other part of your body because your legs act as a lever.

    Secondly, at low foot levels, most things you can bump into are often hard and sharp.
  14. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

    would u rather "pain" (ie to know your cuting ur foot, burning it ect) or to die from lack of food cause u cant chace down ur pray cause ur feet are badly injured?
  15. proteome Registered Senior Member

    I doubt if digit sensitivity developed after we started walking on 2 limbs.

    ...and remember...Toes 2 U are fingers 4 4 legged animals. or something like that.

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