About the Podiatry Clinic
Graeme Franklin is a highly skilled and experienced Health and Care Professions Council registered Chiropodist and Podiatrist. The HCPC is the statutory regulatory body that regulates the profession and sets standards for training, professional skills, behaviour and health.
Available treatments range from basic chiropody care to minor surgery including some of the most modern musculoskeletal therapies available. In addition he works closely with other clinicians in a multidisciplinary team so referral to other practitioners with a view to enhancing the patient experience and clinical outcome.
Registered with the Health Professions Council (CH16764)
Areas of special interest
Bespoke orthotics/shoe inserts
These are top of the range orthotics (shoe inserts) specifically designed for individual patients. Ideally suited for relief of heel pain, flat feet, high arches, front of foot pain and shin splints. They are made from casting the feet using plaster of Paris or a special foam from which the laboratory makes a cast of the foot, which is scanned using the latest advanced computer technology. The orthotics have a life-time guarantee against breakage and under normal usage will last many years; very much longer than off the shelf orthotics.
Orthotics sometimes form part of a treatment plan and you may also be recommended injection therapy and/or referred to other practitioners for massage and mobilisation therapy.
Verruca Treatment - Cryotherapy
This is very effective for many verrucae and involves freezing the verruca with nitrous oxide at -89°C (much colder than shop-bought products). As there can be some discomfort lasting a day or so the initial treatment tends to be conservative to gauge patient response. Generally 2-6 sessions are required at 2-3 weekly intervals. For many verrucae it is very effective.
Verruca Treatment - Needling
Needling originated in the USA and is used routinely there although very few podiatrists offer it in the UK at present. Needling is different to conventional treatments as each individual papillae is disrupted allowing the immune system to attack the lesion directly.
Needling is normally recommended for recalcitrant verrucae in which other treatments have failed or the patient wants as few visits to the clinic as possible. Depending on verruca location an anaesthetic is injected into the ankle to numb the sole of the foot although sometimes the sole of the foot is injected directly. There can be some post-operative discomfort although this is variable. The patient will need to attend clinic about 10 days afterwards, 2 weeks after this and then at 4 months. All dressings and follow-up visits are included in the price and if the verruca is still present after 4 months’ the second treatment is offered free of charge.
Nail Surgery - by local anaesthetic
For recurrently painful nails surgery may be recommended. This involves numbing the toe with local anaesthetic and removing either the whole toenail or just the side. The exposed nail bed is treated with a special chemical so it doesn’t grow back. Generally the operation is well tolerated and light activity can be resumed within a few days and normal activity with a few weeks.
In the unlikely event the nail grows back and is painful the procedure can be repeated free of charge.
This is an innovative treatment option for painful knees, ankles, Achilles tendon pain, heels, feet and toes. It involves injecting local anaesthetic, medical grade glucose and ultra low dose biological agents into joints, tendons and ligaments. The treatment is safe and can help will long-standing joint pain without the use of potent drugs or surgery. Typically treatments are undertaken every 2-4 weeks for 3 sessions although sometimes only one session is required.
Ostenil Plus injections (viscosupplement injections)
Ostenil injections act as a lubricant and shock absorber and work very well for painful knee joints. Often only one injection is required every 6 months or so.
Please note all treatments are subject to a medical assessment and will only be carried out at the discretion of the Podiatrist.
Home visits may be available for housebound patients.
The Clinic at BWell,
8 Bessemer Way, Harfrey’s Industrial Estate
Telephone 01493 301226
The Therapy Centre
Telephone 01603 485933
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