Health Sciences Research Centre

Energy storage and return (ESR) in lower-limb prostheses using miniature hydraulics

In an intact ankle, tendons crossing the joint store energy during the stance phase of walking prior to push-off and release it during push-off, providing forward propulsion. Most prosthetic feet currently on the market – both conventional and energy storage and return (ESR) feet – fail to replicate this energy-recycling behaviour [1]. Specifically, they cannot

Walking aids

Fall-related injuries are a major and growing global health problem. Walking aids are designed to provide stability, but their use has been reported as a major risk factor for falls. However, binary classification of an individual’s use or otherwise of a walking aid (“yes”/”no”) cannot capture the complex patterns of everyday use. As the effectiveness

Mechanisms underlying running-related injury

It has been shown that approximately 50% of runners become injured annually. Importantly, most of these problems can be categorised as one of a small number of injuries, including kneecap pain, Achilles Tendon pain, iliotibial band syndrome and pain at the front of the shin. This research is being carried out to understand the biomechanical

Lateral ankle sprains: structural and functional approach

Lateral ankle sprains (LAS) are common in sport, accounting for up to 15% of all injuries. Lateral ankle sprains often occur during sporting movements that require rapid decelerations such as landing and turning with sudden and rapid inversion and internal rotation of the ankle. Although individuals who sustain a LAS are likely to return to

Foot ulcer prevention in diabetes

Work on the prevention of diabetes related foot ulcers is underpinned by a long standing partnership with North Manchester Diabetes Centre, and co funding of a Research Fellowship held by Simba Tanyanyiwa. He is leading research on the detection of sub clinical neuropathy in practice, an early marker of ulceration risk. We are part of

Great Foundations

Great Foundations is a five year collaborative initiative being led by the Universities of Salford and Brighton.  This work builds on long standing expertise in understanding human feet and gait, including the impact of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, including stroke, cerebral palsy and metabolic disorders.  Encompassing several different research strands, the overarching aims of the project

New biofeedback intervention for people with knee osteoarthritis

Current physiotherapy treatments for knee osteoarthritis focus on muscle strengthening and provide only small-moderate improvements in pain. Therefore, this project aimed to develop a new treatment to reduce the pain associated with knee osteoarthritis. The new treatment is designed to teach patients to reduce knee muscle co-contraction (simultaneous activation of the hamstrings and quadriceps), a

Knee joint loading during sport specific movements following a meniscectomy

Traumatic meniscal injuries are common in sport and often occur as a result of twisting or shearing motion together with either a varus or valgus force directed to a flexed knee. Therefore, these injuries are more common in sports that require individuals to rapidly decelerate, change direction and land from a jump. Injuries to the