Mhairi graduated from Strathclyde University in 2004 with an honours degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics. She gained a good foundation of knowledge for body alignment from her experience working as a Prosthetist in Oxford, before changing to a career in Orthotics. She is experienced in all aspects of Orthotics and has treated a large variety of conditions, such as Spinal injuries, Neuromuscular, Diabetics, and Rheumatology and she has always held a keen interest in Sport Orthotics and Biomechanics.
Mhairi Friel’s well-recognised expertise has led her to hold clinics to provide the Biomechanics and Foot and Ankle Service to the Scottish Institute of Sport and works with many of the country’s top athletes, Olympic and Commonwealth Athletes, The Scottish Football Association, Scottish Rugby Union and Premier Football Clubs. Mhairi is also very experienced in treating Military service men and women, and sportsmen and women from a large variety of sporting disciplines, such as sprinting, middle distance running, marathon and ultra-marathon running, racket sports, hill walking, skiing, curling and even bobsleighing!
Mhairi Friel also helps patients suffering from daily aches such as knee pain, foot pain, heel pain, back pain or leg injuries, and patients struggling to maintain standing or walking balance as a result of a neuromuscular condition.
Mhairi performs the gait analysis at the clinic, as this requires a specialist field of expertise and experience. She prescribes foot orthotics, foot mobilisation therapy, and works on gait retraining and running retraining.
Education, Education, Education
Mhairi Friel strives to maintain an up to date knowledge of modern biomechanical concepts, she has gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Biomechanics as well as MSc Biomechanics. She has an absolute passion to learn and has invested a significant amount of time and finances into further education by regularly attended biomechanics courses and conferences.
Her passion for Biomechanics and Foot Orthotics is obvious when presenting on the subject to her peers and her expertise was called on to discuss foot orthotics on BBC Radio Scotland.
Mhairi has a good knowledge of biomechanics and understands that foot orthotics are NOT always the solution to back pain, knee pain, foot pain or leg pain. She is qualified in non-orthotic manual therapy for treating foot and lower leg injuries; this treatment can be carried out as a sole treatment.
Like the rest of The Foot and Leg Clinic Team, Mhairi loves to exercise and promotes a healthy lifestyle. She loves to run most mornings, not often much further than a 10k. Although cycling is what she most enjoys if she’s not off backpacking around the world, dancing on a beach or climbing a mountain!