How are callouses formed?

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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?
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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.
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How are callouses formed?
« Reply #2 on: 08/08/2008 22:56:25 »
Thank you, Evie.
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