About The Foot and Leg Clinic

The Foot and Leg Clinic


The Foot and Leg Clinic is an extension of the original company, Stride Orthotics, which was created in Scotland in 2009.  Stride Orthotics initially began as a clinic based in Glasgow which specialised in biomechanical assessments and foot orthotics.  An Edinburgh branch of the clinic was then opened during that same year.

Since then, Stride Orthotics has grown significantly, primarily on a ‘word of mouth’ basis, and the company now has separate divisions, including:

  • Biomechanics Gait Lab
  • Specialist Manual Foot Mobilisation Therapy
  • Foot Orthotics
  • Podiatry Services
  • Provision of Orthotic Services
  • An Educational Service

Stride Orthotics is now appropriately named Stride: The Foot and Leg Clinic.

The Foot and Leg Clinics are established in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, with patients regularly travelling from as far as Ireland and the Scottish Orkney Islands for our expertise.  The Foot and Leg Clinic specialises in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular complaints of the foot, knee, hip, lower back and leg.  Our specialist biomechanist carries out in depth biomechanical assessments at our Gait Lab utilising advanced video gait analysis osftware, infra-red light cameras, and foot pressure software.  The Biomechanist carries out these assessments and works with the Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, Massage Therapist, Nutritionalist, Osteopath, Doctor or Surgeon in order to diagnose and then treat the injury.  It is essential that the patient is treated as part of a highly skilled multidisciplinary team, such as this, as the Orthotist’s or Podiatrist’s knowledge alone is not always enough, regardless of how good they believe to be!

By working together in this ‘face to face’ manner, the often-inevitable miscommunication is avoided, which can be otherwise detrimental to patient care and progress.  It is only by working so closely together as a multidisciplinary team with such highly skilled clinicians, that we can ensure every patient receives the best possible care.


The equipment utilised at The Foot and Leg Clinic are excellent diagnostic tools, however it is the skill and knowledge of the clinician which makes the difference.  Mhairi Friel is the founder of The Foot and Leg Clinic and the senior Orthotist and Biomechanist at the clinic, she heavily invests her education to ensure she is the most knowledgeable and experienced foot/ankle Orthotist in the country!

Our Podiatrists and Orthotists are qualified and practice excellent customer care and attention.

Who we help

We treat a range of patients from a variety of backgrounds and injuries, from Olympic Athletes, recreational athletes, patients with joint and muscle aches, arthritis patients, patients that suffer from a neuromuscular condition and struggle to walk, or those that can’t find shoes to fit.

The Foot and Leg Clinic is extremely experienced in treating athletes of all disciplines, and 40% of our patients are high end and professional athletes.  The Foot and Leg Clinic treats many of the country’s top athletes and works with the Institute of Sport, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Football Association, and Premier Football Clubs.

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