The study is aimed at improving understanding of the development of children’s feet.
Volunteers will visit the University’s Baby Space at the Eastbourne campus where their feet will be looked at using state-of-the-art technology. This will help researchers understand how feet change and grow over time.
Dr Juliet McClymont, Research Fellow in the University’s School of Health Sciences, said: “There were gaps in understanding where parents get their knowledge about foot health and how professionals can provide support.
“The foot is a common site of pain and injury in children and by learning how feet develop in the early months we will be able to re-examine current methods of clinical care.”
‘Small Steps’ is one of two projects within the Great Foundations initiative, a collaborative effort between the universities of Brighton and Salford. Small Steps looks at changes in foot use, skin and muscle shape to understand the biomechanical development of the infant foot.