Read below about cracks in or between the toes, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your cracks in or between the toes from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

This symptom can also be referred to as:
Toe fissures

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Cracks in or Between the Toes

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced cracks in or between the toes. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)

    Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection of the feet and/or toes. Warm, moist environments and community showering are common causes of this type of infection.

    With treatment, athlete's foot should go away in about 2 weeks. However, it often comes back, especially if the same shower or bathroom are used.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    foot redness, foot/toe itch, foot skin changes, spontaneous foot pain, peeling between the toes
    Symptoms that always occur with athlete's foot (tinea pedis):
    foot redness
    Symptoms that never occur with athlete's foot (tinea pedis):
    toe injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Irritant Contact Dermatitis

    Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. This condition most often affects skin of the hands, and may occur after repeated and prolonged exposure to substances such as water, detergents (soaps, bleach), solvents (such as gasoline), acids, powders, dust, and soil. The onset of the skin reaction is usually within 48 hours of coming in contact with the substance.

    1-2 days.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with well-defined border, itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, painful rash, red rash
    Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    rash with well-defined border
    Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Foot

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    foot redness, foot/toe itch, scabbed area of the foot
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the foot:
    foot redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Skin Infection (Cellulitis)

    Cellulitis is a common and possibly dangerous skin infection if left untreated. It is typically caused by bacteria living on the skin getting into the skin itself.

    5 days with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    moderate fever, painful rash, red rash, feeling confused and not making sense while talking, abnormally high heartrate
    Symptoms that always occur with skin infection (cellulitis):
    red rash, painful rash
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Cracks in or Between the Toes

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Did you suffer a sudden, physical injury to your toe(s)?
  • Q.Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to glues, fragrances, preservatives, hair dyes, soaps, detergents, or other common household chemicals?
  • Q.How would you explain the cause of your foot pain?

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Cracks in or Between the Toes Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced cracks in or between the toes have also experienced:

    • 18% Pain Between the 2nd and 3rd Toe
    • 9% Dry Skin
    • 6% Foot Peeling
  • People who have experienced cracks in or between the toes were most often matched with:

    • 33% Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)
    • 33% Irritant Contact Dermatitis
    • 33% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Foot
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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