Book your place on June’s MSK Workshop

This weekend the Firefly MSK Workshop takes place in Central London. The event is proving increasingly popular among podiatrists seeking to up-skill in the area of MSK and biomechanics.

With continued demand for more Firefly MSK educational events, the next workshop has been scheduled for 29th of June and you can book your place now.

The worskhop is highly practical with lots of hands on learning and covers the following topics:

  • Evidence-Based Practice – Alignment Vs Force
  • MSK Assessments
  • Prescription Writing

We held our first workshop in Firefly’s head office in Sligo last October where podiatrists from across the UK, Ireland and further afield attended. You can read the review from that workshop here.


The workshop is fully CPD accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.


To ensure you get the most from the workshop and to maximise your time, places on the workshop will be limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The workshop is highly practical with lots of hands-on learning so small class sizes are required.

Tickets for Firefly’s London MSK Workshop are Live!

Firefly’s next MSK Workshop is scheduled for March 2nd in Central London. Build your confidence in the area of musculoskeletal podiatry with our one day practical workshop and learn how to treat complex foot and ankle pathologies.

Emily Ball | 3 R’s to Growing your practice: rebook, referral & reactivate

It’s the 4th in our series of Firefly Summit rapid-fire presentations and the turn of Emily Ball from ActiveStep Podiatry, Fareham, Hampshire.

If you are actively building your business and nurturing patient loyalty at your clinic, then Emily’s presentation will offer you some key insights.

In the context of how other health professionals interact with their patient’s, Emily emphasises how podiatrists need to communicate accordingly. You wouldn’t hear a dentist say “come back to me when you have a toothache…”, so why should a podiatrist?

By focusing on three low to no cost strategies – Rebooking, Referring and Reactivating, Emily reveals how she has recorded an 85% rebooking rate and continual practice growth in her clinic.

About Emily Ball

Emily is the Founder and Clinical Director of Active Step Healthcare where she specialises in Lower Limb MSK. Her experience includes working within the MOD and with elite and professional athletes.

She also delivers training across the South of England on the clinical application of Video Gait Analysis and provides consultancy and training to Podiatrists across the UK and Ireland on behalf of a leading supplier of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy machines.

Unsurprisingly, Emily’s special interests are in gait analysis, gait retraining and the management of tendon injury using ESWT. She is currently undergoing her Master’s degree where she is focussing on these topics.


When we designed the Firefly Summit 2017 we wanted to create a podiatric event like no other. We invited 11 female and 10 male speakers to Sligo. Selected for their expertise and hands-on experience, these top clinicians collaborated on topics to deliver world-class podiatric presentations communicating their ‘clinical gold’ to the Summit delegates.

It wasn’t all podiatric talk. To keep things interesting, all 200 delegates and speakers immersed themselves in the beauty of the wilds of Ireland’s north west coast, taking part in surfing, hiking, stand up paddle-boarding and seaweed baths – WOW!

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Pod Chat Live | Martin Mc Geough & Artur Maliszewski

Watch the latest episode of PodChatLive as it lifts the curtain on life at the foot orthoses lab and features Firefly’s own Martin Mc Geough and Artur Maliszewski of Australian manufacturer Footwork Podiatric Lab.

Get the Summit Rapid-fire Presentations direct to your Inbox

Every two weeks we feature one of the 21 speakers who presented rapid-fire presentations at the Firefly Summit 2017. Each offering the unique insight from one of the UK and Ireland’s leading practitioners who treat lower leg extremity.

Plymouth University Launch Firefly Scholarship

Firefly Orthoses’ partnership with Plymouth University continues to grow with the University announcing the Firefly Scholarship. The scholarship will take effect during the 2017/18 academic year.

The scholarship is devised for School of Podiatry students who show a special enthusiasm for the practice of musculoskeletal podiatry. The scholarship will contribute tuition fees of £2,500 for two final year BSc (Hons.) podiatry students for the 2017/18 academic year.

Both recipients will travel to Firefly’s headquarters in Sligo, Ireland to gain first-hand experience of how Firefly design and manufacture our custom made foot orthoses.  The students will become familiar with the combination of craftsmanship and technology that combine to make each pair of orthoses Firefly produce.

Firefly Scholarship

Podiatry at Plymouth Uni

As part of the partnership, Firefly clinical staff will present one full day of educational workshops at Plymouth University to the School of Podiatry’s final year students.

Criteria for applying for the scholarship

To be eligible for the award, you should be a well-motivated, committed and high-achieving final year undergraduate student, who requires financial support. You should demonstrate an interest in musculoskeletal practice. You should have an excellent record of academic achievement, with strong support from one academic and one clinical referee.

Founder and Medical Director of Firefly Orthoses, Martin Mc Geough welcomed the announcement of the scholarship and had this to say about the initiative:

The Plymouth university podiatry scholarship is a new initiative with Firefly. Two final year students will be awarded a scholarship bursary to help with university fees.

Our intent is to support podiatrists and this is a highly effective way of giving back to our profession. Both students will also have an opportunity to spend a week in our MSK clinical practices and lab division. They will observe how experienced MSK podiatrists practice and see our modern laboratory in operation.

We are very pleased to announce these scholarships.

About Plymouth University’s BSc (Hons.) Podiatry Programme

The BSc (Hons.) Podiatry is a three year, full-time degree. In the 2015 National Student Survey, 95% of the programme’s graduates praised it for having staff that are available to students when needed and 90% graduated feeling confident in tackling unfamiliar problems and situations as a direct result of the degree.

Further information about the Firefly scholarship and the podiatry degree can be sought by emailing [email protected].

Podiatry at Plymouth University

Firefly Orthoses recently partnered with Plymouth University’s School of Health Professions to help promote their BSc (Hons.) in Podiatry.

The Podiatry cohort from the University recently exhibited at the Royal Cornwall Show to promote the University’s undergraduate programme in Podiatry.

To display the scope and breadth of Podiatry as a profession, the University’s stand at the show presented a forensic crime scene. The public who attended the show were invited to solve the crime using forensic podiatric tools and techniques.

The stand proved hugely popular with younger visitors to the show, with many not just solving the crime but giving reasons why! Firefly Orthoses sponsored a prize that was given away at the stand on the day.

Firefly Orthoses is delighted to have played a role in helping Plymouth University promote the podiatry profession at the show.

About Plymouth University’s BSc (Hons.) Podiatry

The BSc (Hons.) Podiatry is a three year, full time degree. In the 2015 National Student Survey, 95% of  the programme’s graduates praised it for having staff that were available to students when needed and 90% graduated feeling confident in tackling unfamiliar problems and situations as a direct result of the degree.

The degree sees its students take part in 1,000 hours of practice learning across the three years.  This is an integral part of podiatry training.

For those interested in finding out more about the University’s Podiatry degree, the University’s open day takes place Wednesday, June 22nd.

Firefly Orthoses’ website has its own podiatry education portal where students and professionals alike can access a wealth of knowledge, free of charge.