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School of Health and Society

Dr Daniel Parker

Research Fellow


Within my research career, I have studied the foot and tissue biomechanics in healthy and pathological states, with a focus on the management of risk in Diabetes. I have an active interest in the role of research to inform clinical practice and particularly in how we can improve the capture and use of routinely collected information to inform clinical decision-making. I completed a PhD in foot and ankle biomechanics in 2013 with a focus on the biomechanical properties of the plantar soft tissue. This lead onto the development of a novel device to characterise soft tissue properties in vivo under conditions of simulated gait.    

Following this I have worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher on UK and EU funded grants managing clinical trials to evaluate novel technologies developed for use within the NHS.


Module Leader, Lecturer and Tutorials 2017 –Present - ILS1 Musculoskeletal Anatomy - Podiatry and P&O Undergraduate

Lecturer and Tutorials – 2017 – Present – ILS2 Anatomy and Physiology – Podiatry and P&O Undergraduate

Research Interests

2017-Present – Research Fellow - EU Fast Track to Innovation Project: FlowOx

Post Market Clinical Trials of Medical Device for people with Peripheral Arterial Disease and non-healing wounds. Wound 3D scanning, measurement and analysis in CAD and Python environment.

2013 – 2017 – Research Assistant - Innovate UK Project: Additive Manufacture in Orthotics (AMinO)

Clinical trial of Additive, Digital (CAD/CAM) and Traditional (Moulded) Orthotics for patients with Diabetes and high risk of ulceration within the NHS. Orthotic optimisation, design and performance assessment for compliance to EU/MHRA regulations prior to clinical trials.

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc (hons) Human anatomy and Cell Biology (University of Liverpool)

MSc Biomechanics (University of Manchester)

PhD Foot and Ankle Biomechanics (University of Salford)


Parker, D., 2013. Characterising the Biomechanical Properties of the Plantar Soft Tissue Under the Conditions of Simulated Gait (phd). The University of Salford.

Parker, D., Cooper, G., Pearson, S., Crofts, G., Howard, D., Busby, P., Nester, C., 2015. A device for characterising the mechanical properties of the plantar soft tissue of the foot. Med. Eng. Phys. 37, 1098–1104. doi:10.1016/j.medengphy.2015.08.008

Parker, D., Cooper, G., Pearson, S., Howard, D., Crofts, G., Nester, C., 2012. In vivo measurement of the biomechanical properties of plantar soft tissues under simulated gait conditions. J. Foot Ankle Res. 5, O39. doi:10.1186/1757-1146-5-S1-O39

Pataky, T.C., Caravaggi, P., Savage, R., Parker, D., Goulermas, J.Y., Sellers, W.I., Crompton, R.H., 2008. New insights into the plantar pressure correlates of walking speed using pedobarographic statistical parametric mapping (pSPM). J. Biomech. 41, 1987–1994. doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2008.03.034

Price, C., Parker, D., Nester, C.J., 2014. Validity and repeatability of three commercially available in-shoe pressure measurement systems. J. Foot Ankle Res. 7, A67. doi:10.1186/1757-1146-7-S1-A67