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

Senior Teaching Fellow in Podiatry

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Dr Emma Cowley is Senior Teaching Fellow in Podiatry within Health Sciences and a podiatrist with special interest in musculoskeletal conditions.

From Laetoli to the moon to carbon: footprints are the crumb trail of human endeavour.

My first degree in podiatry heralded a rewarding and diverse career spanning clinical practice in the NHS and private sectors, education, research, enterprise and professional leadership roles with the College of Podiatry and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. 

I have since specialised in applied biomechanics of the foot and ankle and have also worked closely with colleagues at the College of Podiatry leading the preparation of evidence for a Parliamentary select committee on the effects of high heel wear in the workplace, forming the College of Podiatry position paper on musculoskeletal podiatry and developing the Podiatry Career Framework.

More recently I have worked with College of Podiatry and the Science Council to develop a Registered Scientist pathway, to compliment the Chartered Scientist award for advanced podiatrists.

My research interests are focussed on the dynamics of the foot and ankle in walking and running, along with footwear, orthotic design and function and aetiology of musculoskeletal conditions,

Podiatry was and remains my first career choice due to the broad scope of practice and blend of interventional, interpersonal and scientific / technological attributes.

Research interests

  • Effects of high heels on the biomechanics and function of the foot and ankle in walking
  • Effects of prolonged running on the biomechanics and function of the foot and lower limb
  • Medical imaging in the detection and monitoring of musculoskeletal conditions
  • Effects of foot orthoses on gait in running

Our Theme: Active Living
Our Group: Active Living for Health

Affiliate research group

Foot and ankle research group

  • Practice Placement Co-ordinator for Podiatry
  • Editorial board member: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
  • Vice-Dean of Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, College of Podiatry
  • Regional Advisor to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Co-Chair of College of Podiatry musculoskeletal special advisory group (MSK:UK)
  • Registered Scientist assessor for the Science Council and College of Podiatry
  • Member of Strategic Influencing and Imaging Committee of the College of Podiatry
  • Member of the Research and Development Committee at the College of Podiatry
  • Trustee of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA)
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Book Chapter




  • Module leader for Foundations of Podiatric Practice and Chronic Conditions
  • Teaching rep: Introduction to Professional Practice (level 4 and7), Critical Enquiry, Principles of Podiatric Practice, Complex Clinical Management and Clinical Practice 1, 2 and 3
Dr Emma Cowley
Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 67/4003

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