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School of Health Sciences

Dr Daniel Parker

Research Assistant



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.  

My other work includes the development and assessment of methodological practice in plantar pressure assessment; including the use of novel processing tools and the assessment of appropriate tools for use in footwear and orthotic intervention studies.

I am currently involved in an Innovate Uk/EPSRC funded research project [grant ref:EP/L505134/1] related to additive manufacture in orthotics. This project includes the design and development of foot orthotics via additive manufacture; including the evaluation of novel materials, establishing product efficacy and performance through clinical trials and developing a route to market for use in a health care setting.

Part of this work includes a Randomised controlled trial comparing the traditional and digital design processes used in the production of foot orthotics for sufferers of moderate risk diabetes. Comparisons will be made in terms of pressure reduction provided under the forefoot, patient experience and the effects on orthotic service delivery. 





Research Interests

Functional Anatomy, with a focus on the dynamics of terrestrial gait and a background in the study of human bipedal locomotion; Biomechanics of soft tissues; Biomimetics, with a particular focus on orthotic and footwear design.

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