what is toe jam

What is toe jam?

Toe Jam‘ is not a diagnosis and is the lay term for that yucky ‘stuff’ that accumulates between your toes. Toe jam is made up of a collection of things such as sock lint, dead skin cells and sweat that have nowhere to go and accumulate in the tight cramped spaces between your toes. If this accumulation is too great, it can be unpleasant and have a cheese-like consistency to it and can have a foul odour. This can be worse if you wear closed in shoes, if your feet sweat a lot and if your foot hygiene is not as good as it should be.

The best way to deal with toe jam is to practice good foot hygiene and keep the spaces between your toes clean and dry. Toe jam can become serious if a fissure or split develops in the skin between the toe and allows an infection to develop. A fungal infection or tinea might also develop.

Toe jam is an unpleasant and yucky issue, but please take it seriously and practice good foot hygiene habits to get rid of it and prevent other problems from developing.

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