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Dr Emma Cowley
PhD | MSc | BSc (Hons) | FCPodM | FFPM RCPS (Glasg) | CSci | FHEA


I qualified as a podiatrist from the University of Southampton in 1995, and worked during the first ten years of my career as a generalist podiatrist, then as musculoskeletal clinical lead in the NHS.  Having enjoyed mentoring undergraduates on clinical placement, I then undertook a role as a lecturer at Staffordshire University before moving to the University of Plymouth in 2003 to take up a role as a clinical academic and then the University of Southampton to carry forward my post-doctoral career.. 

My research interests began with my MSc in Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics leading me into the field of applied biomechanics - both clinically and in research. My PhD followed from there and specialised in the effect of prolonged running on the biomechanics and function of the foot and ankle.  I have published in the peer-reviewed literature.  The main fields of my research include the effects of running on the biomechanics of the foot and ankle, and the effects of high heels on gait and posture.  In addition, I have numerous areas of clinical interest, including musculo-skeletal conditions management of the foot and lower limb, orthotic therapy and rehabilitation, as well as occupational health of the foot and lower limb.

Having qualified to PhD level in biomechanics and in corticosteroid injection therapy and advanced gait analysis in running and walking, I can bring a diversity and depth of practice to my patients young and old, seeking relief of pain or an increase in running performance.  

In my broader professional life I have served as an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Arthritis and Musculo-skeletal Alliance (ARMA), Dean of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Podiatry and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (Podiatric Medicine), the Royal College of Podiatry (Podiatric Medicine), and the Higher Education Academy.  I am also a Chartered Scientist, and past co-chair of MSK:UK, a special advisory group of the Royal College of Podiatry.

Throughout the year I am regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences and in 2017 I was commissioned to prepare evidence with colleagues from the Royal College of Podiatry to inform the 'Workplace Dresscodes (high heels at work)' debate led by Helen Jones MP, which is recorded in Hansard.  

In my professional leadership roles I have led authorship on the Royal College of Podiatry's Podiatry Career Framework and the Musculoskeletal Capability Framework following contribution to the NHS England Musculoskeletal Capability Framework.

In my spare time I pick up my camera and head to somewhere with breathtaking views to focus on the incredible beauty around the South coast of England. 

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