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How paleo is it to break a toe?

Commented on October 29, 2012
Created October 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I was carrying my son yesterday and tripped over his bouncy-chair. It folded my middle toe back, just as I placed weight on to the foot. The resulting 'pop' makes me think I may have done more than simply stub it. Also this picture from last night: alt text

I'm sure Grok has his fair share of tripping over children's accessories, so did this make more paleo than I was before?

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on October 29, 2012
at 10:13 PM

There is an episode of House about this exact subject. Yes you can!

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on October 29, 2012
at 09:03 PM

Wow between this and "do other people like limes" I think I am officially done with this site. FLOUNCE

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on October 29, 2012
at 06:43 PM

This is a stupid question

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on October 29, 2012
at 09:53 PM

In a similar vein, breaking a toe is what got me into Paleo. I am an athlete and I broke my toe, completely, a week before a race (doing housework, not in training). Race was off. In the 2 months of recovery I totally blew up and gained a lot of weight. Having to get my shit together I researched CrossFit and that is how I stumbled upon Paleo. So I lost 30 pounds and shaved 2 minutes off of my mile pace. What is up with that? Fucken Paleo is giving me results for my efforts which I never saw before essentially training the same way and at the same intensity. I'm totally convinced. Totally on the soapbox tryna get everybody who complains about trying to lose weight to do so.

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on October 29, 2012
at 07:55 PM

I did the same a few months ago as well, except in my case I tripped on my 3yo's trampoline. Many other stubs in my life, most related to kids, but this was the first that I think actually broke it. Anyway, it's pretty uncomfortable, especially in the NE during winter when you can't get away with open shoes, but they do heal within 4-6 weeks.

Like others, I'm guessing that Grok could still do stuff if he had to but probably managed with help of others and by foraging on what's around, similar to how bears live off berries and flowers for a few months waiting for fish to appear. Just about every Paleo man that's been dug up shows evidence of hordes of injuries, most worse than toes. Paleo man makes Schwarzenegger look like a "girly man".

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on October 29, 2012
at 07:11 PM

I think that broken toes are kind of Paleo. I've broken several (on one memorable occasion I broke 3 trying, and failing, to push a fat man into a swimming pool).

Like broken ribs, there is nothing you can do to treat them and they get better by themselves. While they might damage your mobility slightly, if push came to shove, and you were being pursued by a wild animal you can still run with broken toes. It just hurts a bit.

No-one ever died of a broken toe did they?

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on October 29, 2012
at 10:13 PM

There is an episode of House about this exact subject. Yes you can!

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on October 29, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Sort of. There are a few things to consider. When Grok broke his toe, there was a pretty good chance that it was the end of him. If he didn't heal quickly, he could risk starvation, particularly if there was no other able-bodied Grok family in the area. Further, when Big Fluffy Teeth came around the camp, Grok would be the one moving slowest to get out of the way, so he could fall victim to predation. There was also the possiblity that his complaining drove Mrs. Grok to put him out of his misery.

Ultimately, yes, it is paleo to break a toe, but it's also paleo to die from a broken toe. How much do you want to conform?

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