Ms Mhairi Friel BSc (Hon), MSc – Biomechanist/Senior Orthotist

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.

Experience

Mhairi Friel’s recognised expertise have led her to hold clinics at the well renowned Hampden Sports Clinic and The Edinburgh Physiotherapy Centre.  She holds the contract to provide the Biomechanics and Foot Orthotics Service to the Scottish Institute of Sport and works with some of the country’s top athletes, Olympic and Commonwealth competitors, 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 with 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.

She continues to work on a consultancy basis for the NHS throughout the UK although primarily her time is spent at Stride Orthotic’s Glasgow and Edinburgh clinics.

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 were called on to discuss foot orthotics on BBC radio Scotland.

Practice

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.

Ms Rebecca Allan BSc (Hon) MChs Pod – Podiatrist

Rebecca Allan graduated in 2016 with an Upper Second Class BSc (Hons) from Glasgow Caledonian University in Podiatry after completing 4 years of studies combined with NHS training.

Since graduation she has consolidated her skill set working in the private sector. Her wide skills include routine podiatry, nail surgery, risk assessments and also has a special interest in sports podiatry. Playing sports has always been important to Rebecca; winning the Scottish Cup in rugby with Gala ladies four times, playing netball for Glasgow Caledonian University and currently playing in the Scottish West Division for hockey.

When not playing sports Rebecca actively looks to further her knowledge in podiatry by attending the Glasgow Branch of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

Mrs Catriona Bruce BSc (Hon) – Senior Orthotist

Catriona Bruce studied at the National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics and graduated in 2000 with a 2:1 Honours degree.

She worked as a graduate at Kings College Hospital, London, for 5 years gaining experience as both a prosthetist, designing and fitting artificial limbs including limbs for servicemen injured in Afghanistan, of particular note a running leg for a soldier to complete the London Marathon. Also, as an Orthotist gaining invaluable experience in the renowned Diabetic Foot Service at KCH.

She returned to Scotland in 2005 to work at the National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics as a lecturer / clinical supervisor to the 4th year undergraduates specialising in orthotics.

From 2007, whilst still employed at the NCPO, Catriona started locuming to keep up her clinical skills up to date and she has worked in a variety of specialist clinics since then including rheumatology, neurology, paediatrics, diabetics and out-patient orthopaedics. She also gained experience in fine tuning AFOs in a gait lab, focussing on young adults with Cerebral Palsy.

Catriona has recently joined The Foot and Leg Clinical team and is keen to use foot mobilisation techniques alongside foot orthotics where clinically necessary. There are casting facilities at the clinic and she can take casts for AFOs and KAFOs plus measure for knee braces, bespoke footwear, helmets, wrist supports, compression wear, hernia supports and lumbar-sacral supports.

She is a keen runner and has completed 6 marathons and 2 ultramarathons, she currently runs with Edinburgh running club HBT. She enjoys reading and her current favourite book is Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. She is a huge fan of sushi and enjoys dancing around the kitchen with her son to Bruno Mars!

Ms Leeanne Swan – Workshop Manager

Leeanne is the senior technician at The Foot and Leg Clinic’s workshop.  She is responsible for the entire manufacturing process of our custom foot orthotics.

We are delighted to have Leeanne, a dedicated and efficient worker, she takes great pride in each pair of custom foot orthotics produced at our workshop.  Leeanne is also the most organised person ever!

I really enjoy working at The Foot and Leg Clinics workshop.  As a Mum to two young girls, I am used to a challenge, and this job certainly can be a challenge when we have a constant stream of casts arriving with such quick turn around times.  I know I need to keep my focus and I enjoy the challenge. I also have the flexibility of taking longer to manufacture a tricky pair of orthotics if the prescription is more complicated.

I like the friendly ‘vibe’ of the company.  We work hard but we have fun.