The Naked Scientists

The Naked Scientists Forum

Author Topic: How are callouses formed?  (Read 1748 times)

Offline DoctorBeaver

  • Naked Science Forum GOD!
  • *******
  • Posts: 12656
  • Thanked: 3 times
  • A stitch in time would have confused Einstein.
    • View Profile
How are callouses formed?
« on: 15/07/2008 13:52:35 »
I've been doing a fair bit of digging in the garden recently and as a consequence I now have callouses on my paws. What actually causes that? How does gripping & using a shovel affect the skin so that it thickens & toughens?


 

Offline Evie

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 200
  • "Back off man...I'm a Scientist."
    • View Profile
    • My Website
How are callouses formed?
« Reply #1 on: 08/08/2008 18:15:48 »
Areas (especially bony ones) that are rubbed excessively will provoke a response in the body to protect itself. This causes the skin in that area to grow more quickly, becoming thicker and harder as the layers build up from underneath. The callus itself is made up of the outer layers of dead skin that haven't had a chance to wear off.
 

Offline DoctorBeaver

  • Naked Science Forum GOD!
  • *******
  • Posts: 12656
  • Thanked: 3 times
  • A stitch in time would have confused Einstein.
    • View Profile
How are callouses formed?
« Reply #2 on: 08/08/2008 22:56:25 »
Thank you, Evie.
 

The Naked Scientists Forum

How are callouses formed?
« Reply #2 on: 08/08/2008 22:56:25 »

 

SMF 2.0.10 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines
SMFAds for Free Forums
 
Login
Login with username, password and session length