Podiatric Care is the need for the hour to treat Diabetic Foot Conditions and Sports Injuries – says Dr. Sanjay Sharma, Podiatric Surgeon

Bengaluru: A hub of high-quality medical care, is going to get one more unique healthcare centre. FootSecure, a specialised podiatry and wound care centre for treating foot-related conditions and chronic wounds, is opening its fifth centre in Malleshwaram on March 11th 2023. 

FootSecure, a phygital podiatry and wound care company started in 2018, operates four centres in Bangalore. 

Briefing the media to explain the features of the new centre, the Founder of FootSecure, Dr Sanjay Sharma, said the centre is a one-stop-shop for podiatry and wound care. It has the state of the art diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical facilities; FootSecure also provides custom footwear/insoles for athletes and diabetic patients. 

We have introduced for the first time in Karnataka (one of the 8 centers of excellence in India) a technology that brings a paradigm shift in wound healing. – DERRIM (regenerative medicine). This technology helps in wound closure faster.

Dr Sharma said that with increased sporting activities and increased incidence of diabetes in India, foot and ankle ailments are also grown manifold. An estimated 46 crore people are suffering from various foot and ankle ailments in India due to arthritis, diabetes, pregnancy, etc. 

Diabetic Foot is of significant concern today; the reports show that for every 20 seconds, a limb is lost due to diabetes somewhere in the world. India is witnessing an average of 14 lakh amputations yearly due to diabetes, with a 5-year mortality rate of 70%. It is higher than the mortality rate of cancer. 

In about four years of establishing FootSecure, no less than 10,000 people have been treated and provided with timely care, which has saved 3,000 amputations. “It is heartening to see FootSecure has the lowest rate of amputation due to diabetes in India, i.e., 2%, whereas the national average is about 19%.  FootSecure was awarded the best podiatry clinic in India by the India Today Group in 2021. Dr Sanjay Sharma was awarded the Rising Star in the Health Care Achievers Award by the Government of Karnataka and The Times of India in 2020. 

FootSecure is not only limited to treating patients but has imparted training to about 1,500 physicians and surgeons on recognising and managing a diabetic foot, analysing various scans of the foot and prescribing the right footwear/ped orthosis.”

The doctor said that FootSecure, in keeping with advances in technology, has developed a digital, artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled wound care application – Wound360. This helps recognise and treat ulcers at an early stage in patients sitting anywhere in the globe. 

Dr Sharma said the plan is to expand its presence across India and have a dedicated hospital for podiatry and wound care in India. This expansion plan and dedicated Hospital venture will be supported by the funds committed by Mr.   Mahesh Shetty of Multiplex Group of Companies.  

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