Planter Podiatry offers the best advice and treatment to leave you confident and keep you and your feet happy and healthy!
If you are looking for Podiatry in Kettering then look no further and check out the details below on how to book.
Luke Planter MFPM RCPS (Glasg), BSc(Hons), PGDip (Podiatric Surgery), MCPod, HCPC reg.
Luke qualified from University of East London, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Podiatric Medicine. Luke is an enthusiastic and passionate podiatrist who enjoys all aspects of his job and makes it his personal goal to ensure each patient receives the best treatment and care available. High on Luke’s agenda is communication with the patient, which ensures best practice and understanding.
In the UK, Luke was among one of the first 6 Podiatrists to gain the coveted Postgraduate Certificate in Podiatric Sports Medicine from Queen Mary University of London. He has also completed the Postgraduate Diploma of his MSc in Theory of Podiatric Surgery and currently works as part of a surgical team providing assessment, diagnosis and day case surgical management of foot pathologies. Luke has recently been duly admitted a Member of the Faculty of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
Luke comes with a wide clinical background and experience in foot related problems, with specialist interests in podiatric surgery, sports-related injuries, biomechanics, diabetic foot management and minor surgery for ingrown toenails. He has experience with a vast range of patients from the recreational runner completing their first marathon right through to professional/elite sportsmen and women.
Luke seeks to maintain high standards of care and regularly updates his knowledge by attending courses and conferences.
Gait analysis, biomechanics & orthoses
Ultrasound imaging and guided injections
Minor surgical operations (Ingrown nails & verruca needling)
Member of the Health & Care Professions Council UK (HPC)
Member of the Royal College of Podiatry
PgDip Theory of Podiatric Surgery
PgCert in Podiatric Sports Medicine
Qualified in corticosteroid injection therapy
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HCPC Registration number: CH34059
Pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong, so if you have pain in your feet, ankles, legs, hips or back, a biomechanical assessment can be more than helpful.
A biomechanical assessment is an investigation into the mechanics of your lower limb function, and is carried out by a qualified podiatrist.
While you may be suffering from pain in the feet, the cause of your pain may actually lie further up the biomechanical chain. I will assess your lumbar spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet, as necessary while also assessing the strength of your muscles.
A complete gait cycle begins when one foot makes contact with the ground and ends when the same foot makes contact with the ground for a second time.
If an asymmetry is present between the left and right hand side of the body or feet, then this can cause a biomechanical dysfunction, which is a change in the musculoskeletal mechanics resulting in faulty movement patterns. These movements will manifest as pain or a reduction in your movement potential and mobility.
I can solve incorrect pathological gait and faulty movement patterns with the use of bespoke or simple orthotics placed into your footwear, to help redistribute pressure away from those joints and tissues under stress. Whatever your condition or sport I am able to provide an orthotic that works for you.
Podopeadiatrics is the area of Podiatry focusing on the treatment of children and the various issues that can affect a young persons limbs. This is a vital service that focuses on the long term foot and leg health of children during their development.
Maintaining and caring for a child’s feet will benefit their health, mobility and well-being throughout their entire lives.
It is important to recognise when an abnormality is present.
Is your child walking differently to other children?
Does your child refuse to walk?
Are there any complaints of tiredness, aches or pains during walking or at night?
If so, they need to see a podiatrist!
Many problems can be successfully treated when the child is young. The
assessments carried out by the podiatrist are painless, with little inconvenience. I am very child friendly and knowledgeable about paediatric foot and lower limb problems.
Same day initial consultation, video gait analysis, casting/digital scan, custom orthoses & follow-up
Case review with Podiatrist
Prescription Custom Orthotic
Fitting appointment with advice on ‘wearing in’ period & return to activities & sports
Check-up appointment in 4-6 weeks
Custom made insoles – £350
Custom made insoles are 100% tailored to your two individual feet, naturally supporting every contour of your foot. The insoles incorporate medical grade materials individually selected for your needs for maximum comfort.
Your Podiatrist will look at your feet and legs, analyse your movement, measure your foot position and put all this together in the bigger picture with your symptoms & lifestyle.
This huge amount of information will enable us to prescribe the best custom insole for you and your lifestyle. Insoles improve foot efficiency, helping improve lower limb alignment and reduce stress on the problem area, resulting in;
– Relieve your pain
– More comfort
– Move more efficiently
– Resolve ongoing or recurrent injuries
– Customised just for you
There are many common conditions which can cause the nail and/or the surrounding skin to become painful or inflamed:
Ingrowing toenails – the nail penetrates into the surrounding tissue causing an inflammatory reaction and/or infection.
Involuted toenails – a nail that is curling into the flesh but is not actually piercing the skin.
Thickened nails – nails that are growing thickly and causing pain. This can be a result of previous trauma/ injury or due to a fungal infection.
The procedure involves removal of either all of, or part of the painful toenail. The nail bed is then destroyed to prevent unwanted painful regrowth. The procedure is carried out under a local anaesthetic so patients do not feel any pain during the surgery.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is due to damage to the ‘synovial joints’. A synovial joint is a joint which is encased in a capsule filled with synovial fluid, this fluid acts as a lubricant and shock absorber for the joints in the body. In Osteoarthritis the process of the breakdown and replacement of this very important fluid becomes disrupted so break down happens faster than production. This leads to the cartilage within the joint wearing away which in turn leads to the main symptoms of arthritis, which are joint pain, swelling and stiffness.
An Ostenil injection performed by a professional will relieve pain, reduce stiffness and improve joint mobility, it also reduces inflammation in the afflicted joint.
The main component of synovial fluid is a substance called ‘Hyaluronic Acid. Research has now lead to the manufacture of an almost identical product called ‘Ostenil’. The treatment involves injecting this substance directly into the joint or soft tissue.
This acts as an immediate lubricant and shock-absorber to immediately decrease pain and stiffness in the joint. More importantly it stimulates the cells that produce synovial fluid in the joints and helps restore the normal balance of breakdown and production to give long lasting pain relief.
Corticosteroid (steroid) drugs treat pain, inflammation, certain types of arthritis and many other medical conditions. They can be used in injectable form and are helpful in treating many foot problems.
Corticosteroids can be injected locally for an anti-inflammatory effect. In joint inflammation they are injected intra-articularly to relieve pain, increase mobility and reduce deformity in a single joint. Steroid injections can be useful in the treatment of the following conditions;
Plantar fasciitis / Heel pain | Arthritis | Morton’s Neuroma | Bursitis | Hallux rigidus /limitus | Sinus Tarsi syndrome | Ligament injury
Verruca needling procedure is a treatment for a verruca which has become a more popular method over recent years. It is also known as Falknor’s Needling. The technique is intended to break down the verruca and create a controlled inflammatory response which, in turn, stimulates the body’s immune system to fight the infection.
Once the foot has been numbed with a local anaesthetic, the verruca is pricked with a sterile needle many times, the viral particles are directly exposed to the fatty tissue beneath the skin where the body is rich in immune regulators. Here, the immune system can recognise and destroy the virus. As this immune response is often systemic, treatment of only one verruca is required even where there are many lesions as spontaneous remission can occur in all, or most, verruca at the same time.
If you are interested in booking an appointment with Luke at Planter Podiatry in Kettering at the Ironstone Wellbeing centre you can do so in the following ways:
Tel: 07756 545 217
Book Online: TREATMENTS | Planter Podiatry
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