Toe Jam: From Harmless Substances to Insect Feast

Toe jam can be a source of fascination, disgust, or barely noticeable. It could be a sign that you need to wash your feet or rethink your choice of footwear. It can also lead to major health problems.

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Even jam toe, the goop and debris between your toes, has been turned into a Beatles song.

But it was unlikely that John Lennon was thinking about foot hygiene when he wrote the words for the second stanza of Come Together:

He’s not wearing shoe polish, he’s got a soccer ball

He got monkey finger, shot Coca-Cola

He says: I know you, you know me

One thing I can tell you is that you should be free.

What is toe jam, actually?

Jam toe is not a medical term. There is no official medical term to describe the dead skin cells, sweat, sock tissue, and dirt that coalesce into the small, often narrow spaces between our toes.

Finger jam can have the consistency of soft cheese or cake crumbs. It can smell or be odorless. Its color can range from white to gray and brown.

Toe jam is more likely to form if you wear closed shoes when it’s hot, or if you wear jumpsuits that don’t allow sweat to evaporate.

Poor foot hygiene is sure to increase your likelihood of developing bunion toes. This is because sweaty debris accumulates between the toes if you do not take care to clean these areas in the shower or bath.

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