Firefly Foot & Ankle Clinics are Ireland's leading Podiatric biomechanics and orthotic therapy specialists. We treat patients of all ages from all backgrounds but specialise in treating sport injuries and orthopaedic foot & ankle pain.
Martin McGeough, a qualified podiatrist, set up the Belfast Foot Clinic in 1989 after gaining extensive career experience practicing podiatry at home and in the United States. In 2003 he and his wife Jill moved to Leitrim where they set up Firefly to supply 'custom made'' orthotics to the podiatric profession across the UK and Ireland.
The Belfast Foot Clinic was rebranded as Firefly Foot & Ankle Clinic and grew to incorporate clinics in Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Sligo where the company is now headquartered.
Over his career, Martin has provided podiatric advice and services to Premier League football clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs, Norwich, Newcastle, West Ham and Aston Villa. Firefly also supplies their custom made foot orthotics to the European golf tour.
In 2014 Greg Gillanders joined Firefly Foot and Ankle Clinics. Greg brings extensive career experience having practiced in the renowned Headley Court military hospital in the UK.
Since joining Firefly Foot & Ankle Clinics, Greg has become Managing Director. In this position, he has overseen the growth of the company with our Belfast clinic relocating to Kingsbridge Private Hospital on the Lisburn Road and the opening of our most recent clinic Galway city centre.
Firefly's Podiatrist are medically trained professionals who are all members of the SCPI and SCP. They specialise in the management of disease and disorder of the lower limb and foot. Our Podiatrist's significantly improve the quality of life of our patients by promoting and maintaining mobility. We offer a range of treatments including orthotic therapy, bracing therapy, biomechanics and strength and conditioning.Locations
Martin is Founder and Medical Director of Firefly Foot & Ankle Clinics. Martin brings 28 years of experience in clinical biomechanics and orthotic therapy. He is a fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow and the College of Podiatry and regularly guest lectures in Podiatric Medicine across the UK, Ireland and further afield.
With experience in both the public and private health sectors as a Musculoskeletal Podiatrist, Greg has a particular interest in advanced biomechanics. He has treated patients of all ages and athletes of all levels.
Veronica trained as a Podiatrist at NUI Galway and Merlin Park Hospital Galway. During her undergraduate degree, Veronica was awarded a high academic achievement scholarship each year. She was also awarded the H. H. Stewart Medical Prize in Podiatry. After graduating, Veronica worked as a diabetic foot specialist Podiatrist at St. Vincent’s hospital in Dublin where she gained invaluable experience working with the high-risk foot and ulcer prevention. She has a holistic approach to foot pain. Veronica looks forward to working with those who need help with their foot pain.
James graduated from the University of Ireland Galway. Inspired into the field of podiatry after a career in the Irish Defence Forces. Experience in both the public and private sector, James specialises in biomechanics and orthotic therapy with a special interest in holistic rehabilitation of the patient.
Tracey oversees the management of all Firefly Foot & Ankle Clinics. Her background in customer service ensures you are dealt with in confidence and that your experience with Firefly before and following your appointment meets your requirements.
Holding multiple qualifications in sport and fitness and over 15 years experience in the fitness industry, Oliver is Firefly Foot & Ankle Clinics Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor. Oliver is on hand in our Sligo clinic to ensure you maximise your Podiatry treatment and to offer advice and prescribe focused exercises.
Am I impressed with Firefly? Totally! I've told everyone about Firefly, because people can't believe the changes in Josh. From not being able to stand, to now being able to run!
Aileen, mother of Josh (6) with Cerebral Palsy
As an athlete who was experiencing severe Achilles pain, I thought the injury would force me to quit running. After a consultation with Firefly, I was fitted with orthotics that have eradicated the pain and given me the confidence to train more often and run faster.
Michael, amateur runner, Sligo
Firefly were the first to actually explain what the problem was with my ankles and give me treatment that works without medication. When I first went to Firefly, my ankles were swollen, red and very painful, but now I'm back to walking up the stairs and hill walking at weekends.
Firefly have played a pivotal role in my recovery from injury, in which I missed an entire season. I had problems with my biomechanics and foot plant which have been resolved after wearing Firefly's orthotics. Firefly also provide different orthotics for my spikes and racing flats which are beneficial to my performance and most importantly prevent injury.
Paul Robinson, 1,500m athlete for Ireland and Nike
I highly recommend the services they provide. Being an International Steeplechase athlete I can cover up to 75/80 miles per week. Having very flat arches has been a problem for me in the past and I have experienced many lower limb injuries. However with the support from Adam my orthotics have kept many of these injuries at bay. I use many different terrains for my training so Adam has developed different orthotics for me to use. Having a custom made pair especially for my spikes has made a huge difference and I don't even notice that they are there. Addressing my running mechanics has played a crucial part in maintaining an injury free season. With Adam’s support, I have been able to make slight changes to my running technique knowing that my fore foot running style was an element in my achilles flare-ups. It's fantastic that I can get this service locally in Northern Ireland.
Kerry O'Flaherty, International Steeplechase Athlete
After having considerable pain in the balls and joints of my feet for 3/4 months I purchased a consultation with Greg from Firefly where casts were taken of my feet. On my next visit insoles were placed in my shoes. I am delighted to say that within a couple of days the pain had subsided quite considerably and whilst there was soreness this too continued to decrease. After less than six weeks I was walking much better and without pain. I would have no hesitation in recommending a visit to the clinic even if only for an assessment.
Dan Donnelly, Belfast
I have always found Adam to be an excellent podiatrist who regularly provides expert biomechanical assessment for my clients. I have found him to be someone who is willing to explore every option for the athletes he works with and consider all diagnoses. Not only does he provide excellent orthotic devices, he will carefully assess the athletes running gait, advising and implementing changes that can make a great difference to treatment success.
Alan Rankin, Sports and Exercise Medicine (Consultant)
I was suffering regular problems with my feet, in particular my arches and couldn’t work out what the problem was. Thanks to Adam I got my problem sorted immediately with all different types of orthotics for dress shoes, casual shoes and importantly golf shoes. As I report at a lot of golf tournaments it was imperative I didn’t encounter any problems on the fairways! Thanks for the first class service – great stuff!
Stephen Watson, BBC Reporter
As a Sports Medicine Doctor, I often refer patients to Firefly, for a specialist biomechanical assessment and treatment. They continually provide a rapid, comprehensive service. Adam's expertise has assisted greatly in helping return our athletes to their sport
Martin McConaghy, Ulster Sports Medicine Clinic
Adam works in conjunction with Physiotherapists to improve athletes mechanical and technical efficiency. Adam's knowledge and evidence based grounding aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice this improving sporting performance and identify and reduce risk factors for sport-related injury. Adam has vast experience in the diagnosis and management of foot and ankle injuries in a number of sports. His knowledge and understanding of various sports is vital to allow athletes to return to what they do best in the fastest possible time. Adam is always at the forefront of the latest advances in biomechanical analysis and evidence based interventions ensuring his clients receive the best advice through his ever evolving practice.
Darren McMaster, Northern Ireland Senior Men's Football Physiotherapist
Following repeated Injuries to my foot I was referred to Podiatry. Adam worked through my season schedule making sure any treatments or changes didn't affect my tournament preparation. With a specific strengthening regime, change in footwear and my orthotics I have been able to achieve highly this season. With foot or ankle problems I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Michael Craig, PSA Squash Professional