Dr Stewart Morrison, Senior Lecturer in the university’s College of Life, Health and Physical Sciences, will study the beliefs of parents and health care professionals with regard to child foot health, and the factors that influence these.
He said: “There are some fundamental gaps in our understanding of where parents get their knowledge on foot health, what concerns them, and how health professionals might provide appropriate support.
“The foot is a common site of pain and injury in children. Through undertaking this research we will further understand how the foot develops in the early stages of walking and re-visit the current theories that underpins our clinical practice.
“Paediatric flatfoot is a common condition that causes concerns for parents about how it should be managed. This can be a difficult condition for clinicians and this research will, for example, inform our approach to managing this common, but often benign, condition.
“Through working with parents, health professionals and industry partners we hope to disseminate clear, evidence based guidance on children's feet and broaden our understanding of children's feet to inform good foot health throughout childhood.