The School of Health Sciences at the University of Salford is one of the largest providers of vocational health sciences undergraduate and post graduate training and health sciences research and innovation in Europe. In relation to foot health, footwear and orthotics, it has Europe’s largest Podiatry department and England’s only department for the training of Orthotists.
Foot related research and innovation is led by Professor Chris Nester though the FOOTPRINT research programme. Work is organised into two stands:
- Understanding how foot structure and function relate to foot health, disease and injury
- The design, development and evaluation of interventions for improving foot health
The research programme currently holds over £1Million in research funding and includes the work of more than 15 PhD students and full time research staff. The research is supported through three biomechanics and human performance laboratories and two on campus clinical facilities, which deliver more than 10,000 foot health treatments each year.
Active participation of clinicians and patients is central to the research strategy. In addition, there is a long tradition of successfully working with industry partners across Europe, including the development and evaluation of new products and services relevant to foot health care.
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