Post updated May 11, 2016\nCleaning your feet may seem like a no-brainer, but are you really doing a good job?\nToe jam, that gunk located between your toes, can result if you’re not properly cleaning feet and toes. \u00a0Like ear wax, mucus, and many other bodily residues, toe jam has an ick factor that most of us would rather not think about. But the issue can have several different causes\u2014some of them more serious than others \u2014 so it pays to give your feet special attention.\nWhat Is Toe Jam?\nSo-called toe jam isn’t just one substance. In fact, it can have multiple sources, from the benign to the worrisome. Here’s what to know about what could be lurking between your toes.\n\nLint from your socks. A common and harmless cause of toe jam is simply sock lint, fuzzy bits of material that rub off between your toes. Wash new socks before wearing them to cut back on loose lint.\nDry skin. Eczema, psoriasis, and other conditions can result in flakes of dry skin that can combine with sweat, resulting in gunk between your toes. Treating a skin condition may help reduce toe jam.\nFoot problems. Corns \u2014 thickened layers of skin due to pressure \u2014 can form between toes. When corns become softened through contact with sweat or other sources moisture, they may contribute to toe jam.\nAthlete’s foot. Fungal infections such as those caused by athlete’s foot thrive in warm, moist environments like shoes and are a common source of toe gunk. Keeping feet clean and dry and using antifungal products can help treat athlete’s foot and, in turn, toe jam.\nScabies. This highly contagious infection occurs when tiny mites burrow in the skin, including that between the toes. Rarely, it can cause toe jam. If you have scabies, your physician can prescribe an effective treatment to eliminate it.\n\nRELATED:\u00a04 W’s of Winter Skin Care\nHow to Prevent Toe Jam\nYou can cut back on toe jam by addressing the sources mentioned above. In addition, good foot hygiene can go a long way to preventing the problem.\n\nWash your feet \u2014 including between all of your toes \u2014 often with soap and water and dry them thoroughly.\nSprinkle talcum powder or cornstarch between toes to help keep them dry and prevent infection.\nKeep corns and calluses smooth by using a pumice stone.\nSee your physician if you think you have an infection.