Hyperkeratosis - Definition

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Hyperkeratosis defines increased quantities of keratin in the skin causing thickening of the stratum corneum. In other words, the skin thickens in a more or less large area. In cases of pathological hyperkeratosis, the inflammatory process leads to excessive cell regeneration that can cause loss in sensitivity or even amputation. This condition, however, is not systematically pathological, notably when it involves thickening of the skin of the feet or hands, usually caused by walking barefoot or repetitive or even intensive use of tools. The treatment for hyperkeratosis involves consulting a chiropodist or podiatrist.