Miss Emma Cowley

Miss Emma Cowley

Lecturer in Podiatry

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)


Admissions tutor (podiatry)
School of Health Professions library rep
Link lecturer NHS Wiltshire and NHS Cornwall podiatry placement areas


BSc (hons) Podiatry - University of Southampton (1995)
MSc Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics - Staffordshire University (2005)
P.G.Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - University of Plymouth (2006)

HCPC registered Podiatrist (CH12701)
Member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

Project lead and South West hub co-ordinator for MSK:UK
1995-6: General podiatry practice in NHS
1996-present: Specialised musculoskeletal podiatry practice in NHS and private practice
2003- present: Education within HEIs
2013- present: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons exam development team and South West Regional Advisor
2007- present: board member of the Directorate of Podiatric Medicine, College of Podiatry

Professional membership

Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the College of Podiatry in Podiatric Medicine

Chartered Scientist
Member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
Health and Care Professions Council registered podiatrist

Roles on external bodies

Member of Public Health England musculoskeletal policy implementation working party
College of Podiatry representative to the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA)
NHS England Musculoskeletal Competency Framework group

Represent MSK:UK on College of Podiatry Faculty of Podiatric Medicine board and member of recruitment and retention committee at the College of Podiatry

Project lead at MSK:UK and MSK:UK SouthWest hub co-ordinator

Member of Exam Development Committee, Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow)

College of Podiatry annual national conference committee (SAG member) - musculoskeletal track

Member of IHC doctoral researcher group, Plymouth University

Member of working group for PASCOM-10 development and user experience

Teaching interests

Musculoskeletal podiatry
Gait analysis
Foot orthosis design 
Neuromusculoskeletal assessment

Research interests

Effects of high heels on gait and posture
Foot orthosis design and function
Effect of prolonged running on foot posture (Currently undertaking a part time PhD at Plymouth University in biomechanics and function of the foot and ankle with prolonged exercise)

Other research

Grants & contracts

£12,500 from proof of concept fund to develop an intelligent insole
£13.500 from proof of concept fund to develop an intelligent sock

Creative practice & artistic projects

Designing intelligent insole and sock for retail


Cowley E. and Marsden J 2013 The effects of prolonged running on foot posture: a repeated measures study of half marathon runners using the foot posture index and navicular height, Journal of Foot and Ankle research, 6:20, http://www.jfootankleres.com/content/6/1/20

Cowley E., Chevalier T. and Chockalingam N. 2009 The effect of heel height on gait and posture: a review of the literature, Journal of the
American Podiatric Medical Association,
 99:6, pp512-518

Cowley, E. and Achilles, A (2009) Foot orthosis apparatus, GB2447646, University of Plymouth

Reports for Parliament

Other academic activities

Conference Presentations:

April 2016 Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics: The effects of prolonged treadmill running on the biomechanics of the foot and ankle

Invited speaker
November 2012 - 2016 invited speaker at College of Podiatry annual conference
April 2011: Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics, UK, 'The effect of a post-operative shoe on posture, balance, forefoot pressures and muscle activity'
October 2010: Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Bournemouth, UK, 'Podiatry referral and assessment - a multidisciplinary podiatric approach
June 2010: Britpods conference, Coventry, UK, 'Neuromuscular approaches in podiatry'
April 2010: 8th Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics, Stoke-on-Trent, UK,  'The effects of prolonged running on foot posture'

Additional information

Member of i-FAB