GCU leads £3.3million bid to ease foot and ankle pain

25 January 2010

GCU will work with 13 European universities

GCU will work with 13 European universities

GLASGOW Caledonian University will lead a £3.3million study aimed at tackling chronic foot and ankle pain across Europe.

Jim Woodburn, Professor of Rehabilitation at GCU, will work with 13 institutions to help bring faster and more effective relief to sufferers.

The A-FOOTPRINT project will aim to develop new orthotic devices to support or correct musculoskeletal problems.

It is hoped the study will improve patients' quality of life by developing more comfortable, user-friendly and attractive devices, which will reduce recovery times.

Figures show more than £265 million is spent on treating disabling foot and ankle problems every year across Europe. GCU will work alongside universities in Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Lithuania, and Holland over the next four years.

Researchers will use state-of-the-art digital scanning and computer aided design to produce the new orthotic devices.

Professor Woodburn, the UK’s first podiatry research chair, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to lead a team whose combined expertise will enable us to deliver novel innovative medical devices, enabling technologies and new manufacturing techniques.”

Funding for work will come from The 7th Framework Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies Cooperation Work Programme.