Welcome To Gold Standard
Foot and Leg Clinics!

Gold Standard Foot and Leg Clinics are a dedicated team of healthcare professionals aiming to provide both assessment and treatment of all lower limb and foot problems. Our team utilises a wide range of treatments whether that may be minor surgical procedures or routine podiatry. The aim is to reduce all forms of lower limb pain.

While our services operate from 5 modern well equipped clinics in Leigh, Hindley, Chorley, Leyland and Prestwich. Our experienced team offers professional and cutting-edge technologies to manage all forms of foot and lower limb pain/ dysfunction.

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Shelley Kennedy - Practice Manager

Shelley is our Practice Manager and Secretary. Shelley brings wither he a professional background as an experienced medico legal secretary.  She is your first point of contact, always willing to make time for others, efficient and personable. Shelley has an excellent rapport with our clientele and ensures the clinics run smoothly.


Gold Standard Foot and Leg Clinics

Gold Standard Foot and Leg Clinics is an established multi-disciplinary company offering podiatry/chiropody as well as treating all forms of lower limb pain and dysfunction. Previously known as Gold Standard Foot Care following a company rebrand we consequently became Gold Standard Foot and Leg clinics to enable us to show case the additional services that we now provide. We offer a dedicated service across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas.

We aim to provide an excellent standard of care utilising traditional podiatry as well using cutting edge technologies to treat a diverse range of lower limb painful pathologies.

Cutting Edge Treatment Technologies

Specifically, the combination therapy treatments utilised manage a wide range of not only foot pain but also ankle and lower limb pain.

From the use of Fascial manipulation (STECCO method), Shockwave Therapy, High Intensity laser as well as Focussed Electromagnetic Therapy our practitioners treat a diverse range of lower limb problems.

Heel Spur

Calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone (heel spur) is closely associated with scarring or inflammation of the plantar fascia (plantar fasciitis). Either of the indications or combined, limit patients in their daily activities. Shockwave treats both of the problems simultaneously. Acoustic waves are responsible for fast recovery, return to daily routine and long-lasting effects in up to 88% of the patients.

Chronic Tendinopathy

Cumulated microtraumas from repetitive overloading can result in chronic tendinopathy (tendinitis or tendinosis). Tendinopathies at various areas of the body are a widespread diagnosis of both the active persons and the general population.  Both inflammation of the tendon and damage on the cellular level are successfully treated with Shockwave. The number of sessions is typically 3–5 with 5–10 days in-between sessions.

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

Medial tibial stress syndrome typically occurs due to activities placing large amounts of stress through the tibialis anterior muscle. These activities may include fast walking or running (especially up or downhill or on hard or uneven surfaces) or sporting activity (such as kicking sports). Patient is usually restricted from such activities for prolonged periods of time. When treated with Shockwave therapy the passive period is significantly shorter and the recovery time cuts back by at least a half.

Jumper’s Knee

Jumper’s knee is an inflammation or injury of the patellar tendon felt as pain, tenderness and functional deficit. This condition may interfere with or even end your patient’s sporting career regardless the age and is difficult to treat. Shockwave therapy offers simple and immediate solution. Patient feels relief right after the first session and in several treatments the cause and the pain vanish.

Insertional Pain

Pain in the muscle insertions typically occurs due to repetitive or prolonged activities placing strain on a particular tendon. Through the process of neovascularization Shockwave therapy encourages more blood flow to the area and hence faster healing without the need for addictive pain medication.

Insertional Pain

Pain in the muscle insertions typically occurs due to repetitive or prolonged activities placing strain on a particular tendon. Through the process of neovascularization Shockwave therapy encourages more blood flow to the area and hence faster healing without the need for addictive pain medication.

Hip Pain

With age and use, the cartilage can wear down or become damaged. Muscles and tendons in the hip can get overused. The hip bone itself can be fractured during a fall or other injury. Any of these conditions can lead to pain and damage in the hip area.  Shockwave therapy enhances the healing process, fights inflammation, eliminates the pain and tenderness and can prevent hip replacement surgery. In 79% of patients with necrosis Shockwave therapy also improves osteonecrosis of the femoral head.

Professional Team of Healthcare Providers

Meet some of our team who are certainly happy to help with any queries you may have about our treatments. Additionally, it is possible to book a consultation here.

Louise Stuart MBE- Meet the Team


Senior Partner/ Musculoskeletal Specialist/Podiatrist


Thirty seven years in podiatry, Louise Stuart remains a passionate advocate of the profession. Prior to becoming CEO of Gold Standard Foot & Leg Clinics Louise was a diabetes specialist podiatrist at consultant level within the NHS. Louise was recognised for her contribution to the profession in 2008 when she was honoured to receive an MBE from the Queen.

Since 2013 Louise and the team have developed significant expertise in musculoskeletal medicine. Louise is a qualified Fascial Manipulation Therapist (Stecco method). She is also an experienced practitioner using Shockwave Therapy, High Intensity Laser Therapy as well as focussed electromagnetic treatments. Louise states that our team aim to provide non-invasive management of all forms of lower limb pain regardless of age. We aim to bring Harley Street treatments across Lancashire.

Gavin Skehan- Meet the Team


Associate Partner

Gavin Skehan is Associate Partner at Gold Standard & Leg Clinics. He is an experienced podiatrist having previously worked in the NHS for 5 years and privately for over 20 years.

Gavin is now an extended scope practitioner in Stecco Method Fascial Manipulation and Shockwave Therapy.

He has worked extensively with adults who have learning disabilities for over 20 years providing podiatry care.

Whilst working for the NHS Gavin was actively involved with diabetes teams providing specialist foot care. He also has provided valuable input to diabetes research projects at North Manchester Hospital and Chorley Hospital.

In addition to the above Gavin’s skills range from providing nail surgery, assessment and diagnosis of complex foot problems to biomechanical assessments.

Andrea Graham- Meet the Team


Associate Podiatrist


A qualified Podiatrist from the University of Salford since 1993, Dr Andrea Graham worked within the NHS for 12 years; culminating in her role as a Specialist Podiatrist within Rheumatology at Wrightington Hospital, Lancs and is now a lecturer/researcher in Podiatry at University of Salford and an established Private Practitioner. Andrea achieved her PhD in 2017. Andrea has presented at international and national conferences, published over 14 peer-reviewed journal articles, contributed to book chapters in relation to patient education, foot health and rheumatoid arthritis and co-developed the foot health section of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society patient support web-site 

Andrea established her own successful business in 2012- a primarily visiting Private Practice treating a broad range of podiatry patients, from children to the elderly, musculoskeletal to skin and nail pathology. Andrea is a keen runner, hiker and a lover of the Great Outdoors – anything with a mountain view.

See What Our Clients Say’s About Us

Our team strive to provide the Gold Standard quality of care for all foot problems and to generally provide the most advanced practical treatment options.


Me and my son have been visiting Louise at the Leyland centre for a number of years. My son has had overall approx 6 nail surgery procedures with Louise and she is so darn good at making my son at ease and also myself! Louise has been a god send as I literally would be lost without her. Louise is knowledgeable and amazing! Thank you Louise and the team - amazing service, help, guidance and a welcoming environment. If you need any work on your feet - Gold Standard Foot-care is the place to go without a doubt.

Kel B

I have been seeing Louise for a complex muscle wasting disease for nearly a year now. She has been helping to reduce pain in my back, shoulder and neck area. This week I had the muscle building treatment and I can honestly say that my posture is so much better and I can now lift my arms without any pain. I cannot wait to see what the future brings. Thank you so much Louise.

Julie B

Today I had a long overdue ingrowing toenail issue resolved with Gold Standard footcare. Louise was a a brilliant example of a professional that takes pride in their work and made the whole procedure painless and relaxing. As a person that has had a previously bad experience on the NHS that left me worried about the procedure I can assure anyone going for nail surgery that with Gold Standard footcare you have nothing to worry about and the experience will be pain free and quick. Thank you Louise.

Steven R
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