We have seen a patient who is 50 year old with a growth of his index finger for 3 months. The patient was seen by Dr. Usha Jain and was diagnosed to have a planter wart. The growth wad excised and sutured. The patient’s did fine and healed well.
A plantar wart is caused by the human pappilloma virus occurring on the sole or toes of the foot or in the pressure area. Plantar warts are benign epithelial tumors caused by infection by human papilloma virus types 1, 2, 4, or 63.
The virus attacks the skin through direct contact, entering through tiny cuts and abrasions in the stratum corneum (outermost layer of skin). After infection, warts may not become visible for several weeks or months. Because of pressure on the sole of the foot or finger, the wart is pushed inward and a layer of hard skin may form over the wart. A plantar wart can be painful if left untreated.
Because plantar warts are spread by contact with moist walking surfaces, they can be prevented by not walking barefoot in public areas such as showers or changing rooms (wearing flip flops or sandals helps), not sharing shoes and socks, and avoiding direct contact with warts on other parts of the body or on other people. Infection is less common among adults than children as immunity is build with age.
As warts are contagious, precautions should be taken to avoid spreading them. Wear sandals or flip flops.