Meet Our Team

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 team on one (Mhairi) and since then we have grown to the largest Orthotics team in Scotland. Please select any of the team members below to view their full bio.

Ms Mhairi Friel

BSc (Hon), MSc – Foot, Ankle and Biomechanics Clinical Specialist and 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 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 standing, 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.

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.

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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!


Roisin Friel

Physiotherapist

Education

Roisin Friel qualified in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. This was her second degree following her first from the University of Glasgow in Sport and Exercise Science. Her career choice is guided by her love of exercise and promoting an active lifestyle for people.

Professional experience

During the early years of her career, Roisin completed her band 5 and band 6 NHS rotations in Reading and then in Wishaw. This provided her with an excellent knowledge base in areas such as rheumatology, maternity care and hydrotherapy. Roisin then progressed into an MSK (musculoskeletal) physiotherapy role, initially at Rosshall BMI Hospital. At present Roisin divides her working life between an NHS MSK occupational health setting and her private physiotherapy work.

During her time working as an MSK physiotherapist Roisin has always strived to improve her knowledge in this are in-order to provide the best care possible to her patients. Roisin has undertaken many courses which allow her to provide additional treatments such as acupuncture and pilates to her patients.

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Outside of work Roisin spends hours and hours practising what she preaches: exercise! She is a 6-time marathon runner and has plans for many more. This level of training comes with the type of standard injuries she understands well – so she knows how frustrating it can be when you are out injured from your sport. She will do her utmost to get you back up and running ASAP!

Roisin cycles to work most days and can be found up Munros at the weekend. Her greatest achievement is coaching three friends to complete their first half marathon two years ago – and watch them subsequently complete another two.

Roisin has a lovely calm attitude towards patient care and it is clearly appreciated.


Linsey Cross

Massage Therapist

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As a Western School of Massage graduate, with diplomas in both Remedial & Sport and Swedish Massage, Linsey has an extensive knowledge of the anatomy of the body alongside various techniques essential to a comprehensive treatment. Looking to expand on those skills, Linsey attended an Iris course and is also qualified to massage people living with cancer.

Linsey is trained in:

  • Sports Massage
  • Remedial Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Oncology Massage

Massage can be beneficial to everyone, from all walks of life, in relieving stress, muscle pain and tension, aiding muscle recovery, treating and preventing injuries, improving sleep and boosting the immune system. The best way to treat a sporting injury is to prevent it from happening in the first place with regular massage integrated into a training programme. Previous clients range from professional athletes, marathon runners and amateur cyclists to construction workers, journalists and nursery teachers.

Linsey is passionate and spends ger free-time doing all sports such as rock climbing, snowboarding, skiing, hill walking and badminton. As an ex-hockey player, she understands the frustrations of injuries all too well and strives to do her best to ease those frustrations for others.


Jenni McKenzie

Senior Administrator

Jenni previously worked in teaching English as a Foreign Language both overseas and at home. She spent many years travelling around the world and spent time working in Australia, Spain, Japan and Russia. After having children, she trained in medical administration and spent some years working in primary care on the south side of Glasgow. She cycles everywhere, enjoys swimming, and has an interest in languages.


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 a 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.


Mr John McKinley

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBChB, BMSc (Hons), FRCS (Orth)

Professional profile

I completed all of my surgical and orthopaedic training in Edinburgh and then spent an additional year of specialist training with one of Australia’s top Foot and Ankle surgeons in Melbourne.

I have been a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh since 2007 and was the first consultant in Scotland to be appointed primarily as a foot and ankle surgeon. I also treat adolescent foot problems at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. I am the clinical lead for foot and ankle services in Edinburgh and I chair a committee at the Royal College of Surgeons and have been heavily involved in developing foot and ankle services in Scotland.

I am regularly involved in educating surgeons and allied health professionals and helped set up a national multidisciplinary foot and ankle group. I set up the ChM in trauma and orthopaedic surgery – a surgical distance learning program resulting from the collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and am the program director.

I deal with all aspects of foot and ankle pathology from bunion surgery to complex hindfoot deformities, performing ankle replacements regularly. I was one of the first surgeons in Scotland to perform minimally invasive bunion surgery and use minimally invasive techniques regularly in the treatment of lesser toe deformities.

I have a special interest in treating sporting injuries and regularly treat players from the Scottish Rugby Union, Scottish Premiership Football clubs and from the Scottish Institute of Sport.

Clinical Interests

  • Ankle surgery
  • Foot surgery
  • Orthopaedic surgery

Special Clinical Interests: All aspects of foot and ankle surgery including bunion surgery, ankle arthroscopy, sports injuries, hindfoot deformity, minimally invasive forefoot surgery, ankle replacement and Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT).

To arrange an appointment call The Foot & Leg Clinic now on 0141 433 7402, or email us at info@thefootandlegclinic.co.uk.