Joanne Paton

Academic profile

Dr Joanne Paton

Associate Professor of Podiatry
School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Joanne's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 03: SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

About Joanne

Graduating in 1992, Joanne completed her MSc with distinction in Podiatric Biomechanics in 2002. She received a Doctorate from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in 2008, having conducted a randomised control trial evaluating the effect of insoles used for ulcer prevention in diabetic neuropathic feet. 

Joanne is a past NIHR Research Fellow. She has extensive clinical experience as a Musculoskeletal Specialist Podiatrist working with the diabetic foot. Her current clinical focus is improving the patient experience through the better delivery of insoles for diabetic foot protection.

Joanne leads the BEUP (Behaviour Enhancement and Ulcer Prevention) research team at the University of Plymouth. She has secured grants in excess of one million pounds and published widely on the topic of insoles for ulcer prevention and balance enhancement in diabetes. More information about the BEUP team and their programme of research can be found at Behaviour Enhancement and Ulcer Prevention in Diabetes - University of Plymouth.


  • Diabetic foot screening and ulcer prevention
  • Musculoskeletal pathology
  • Podiatric Biomechanics and gait analysis
  • Research methods

Contact Joanne

InterCity Place, Plymouth Railway Station, North Road East,, Plymouth, PL4 6AB
+44 1752 588845