Some people are more prone to toe jam than others
Although toe jam is common and its causes are nearly unavoidable, certain lifestyles, footwear choices, and medical conditions can make you more likely to find crud between your toes. People who are on their feet for longer periods of time, individuals who have a tendency to sweat more profusely, people who wear shoes that have poor ventilation and breathability, and people who are overweight tend to be more predisposed to developing toe jam between their toes.
which are areas of thickened skin on the feet, can contribute to the development of toe jam. Furthermore, Some skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis, are characterized by dry, flaking skin, which can accumulate between the toes if the feet are affected.
Toe jam could indicate or lead to a more serious condition
Just like those with eczema or psoriasis may be more prone to toe jam, toe jam may be a sign that you have yet to be diagnosed with one of these skin conditions. In rare cases, toe jam could indicate more serious problems such as psoriasis and eczema, bacterial infection, and, rarely, infection with a tiny mite known as scabies that's usually transmitted from person to person or by bedding, clothes, and furniture.
If the cause is, in fact, an infection, toe jam can quickly go from a nuisance to a frightening medical problem. People should be aware that an infection or break in the skin is the gateway to a more serious condition known as cellulitis, which is a rapidly spreading soft tissue bacterial infection that can spread up the leg and sometimes requires hospitalization. People who are immunocompromised, such as diabetics and patients on chemotherapy, people with poor hygiene and poor vision who can't inspect their feet and toes, those who exercise excessively and build up perspiration, and the elderly are more prone to developing this condition.
Even if you haven't reached the point of infection, if you're concerned that your toe jam may be the result of an underlying skin condition, visit a podiatrist, dermatologist, or general practitioner to examine the affected area.
Good hygiene helps
While it may be difficult to control the circumstances and medical conditions that increase the likelihood of having toe jam, it's relatively easy to take simple steps toward clearing and preventing it. "Wash between the toes at least daily, and dry the feet completely," Once dry, Positano recommends applying a medicated foot powder. In addition, frequently changing your socks and wearing good fitting shoes — a tight shoe causes build up of perspiration is the most effective prevention.
Toe jam could save your life
It may seem a little strange to regularly inspect your feet for toe jam, but doing so could help you in a surprisingly vital way. Being aware of toe jam has an additional clinical benefit. One of the deadliest forms of cancer, malignant melanoma, quite often will appear in the foot first, mainly on the heel, but also in between the toes, which is a common hiding place for this aggressive cancer. So while you're doing your daily between-the-toes cleaning session, keep an eye out for any marks and moles you haven't seen before.
Ultimately, if efforts to keep toe jam at bay means you're paying more attention to your feet, that's a very good thing. People should be more aware of the importance of foot health. The feet are the wheels of the body and are often the best indicator of systemic disease.