A state-of-the-art facility for comprehensive management of diabetic foot conditions, Aster Podiatry offers specialised treatment methods that help avoid amputation, even in highly complicated cases. One of India’s most advanced centres for complex reconstructive and limb-salvage surgeries in diabetic foot patients, the department offers specialised, first-of-its-kind procedures in the world including the Sling Technique for foot and ankle stabilisation and use of Polymethyl Metacrylate (PMMA) as replacement prosthesis for severely destroyed foot and ankle bones.
With focus on preventive management, the team of doctors here screen all diabetic patients for possible foot problems, provide detailed advice on foot care and also prescribe diabetic footwear. Multidisciplinary in approach, they ensure optimal,evidence-based treatment to patients with the help of advanced medical technology.
Diabetes causes neuropathy and decreased circulation of blood in the leg. The ability to feel pain, heat and cold is lost; and hence minor cuts, scrapes, blisters and pressure sores go unnoticed. This may lead to several complications including deep ulceration and sometimes, amputation. Neuropathy can cause deformities that lead to ulcerations and callosities. Bacterial infection of these wounds is a life-threating condition for immune-compromised patients.
A very serious after-effect of diabetes that leads to poor bone density, erosionand collapse of the foot, anklebone and planter arches, charcot foot causes severe feet deformities. This in turn leads to raised plantar pressure and formation of ulcers.
Trained in some of the best diabetic foot centres in the United States, United Kingdom and India, Dr. Varma is rated among the top podiatric surgeons in the country.
MS in General Surgery (Armed Forces Medical College, Pune) | MBBS (University of New Delhi)
Devised a novel surgical technique of foot and ankle stabilisation -The Sling Stabilisation Technique
Devised surgical techniques of using Polymethyl methacrylate, to replace severely destroyed Charcot foot bones
Developed a patented polymer based footwear for diabetic patients
Chief of the unit of Diabetic Lower-Limb And Podiatric Surgery at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences
Worked in prestigious Diabetic Foot Centres in the United Kingdom and the United States of America
Ex-Lieutenant Colonel, Armed Forces
Surgeon, Army Medical Corps –training in trauma surgery and emergency surgeries
Over 200 research papers published in national and international journals
Guest faculty at many national and international Diabetic Foot conferences, including the World Diabetic Foot Conference to speak on the surgical techniques he devised
Proficient in English, Malayalam and Hindi
A safe, unique, high success rate foot and ankle stabilisation method that avoids complications associated with conventional stabilisation methods like the Ilizarov frames and other types of external fixators that cab cause pin tract
infections, soft tissue and bone infection.
Non-surgical management: Replacement prosthesis for severely destroyed foot and anklebones.