Dr Aoife Healy

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Research Officer

I am employed within the biomechanics team undertaking research on clinical biomechanics with an emphasis on diabetic footwear.

About me

I joined Staffordshire University as a KTP research associate on project examining diabetic footwear in October 2009. In 2006 I graduated from the University of Limerick with a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science. Following this I completed an MSc in biomechanics in Dublin City University. On finishing my MSc I worked for a short period with the CLARITY research centre in DCU and I also worked as a performance analyst for the Dublin Senior Gaelic Football Team.

Qualifications

  • MSc (2009) Biomechanics, Dublin City University.

  • BSc (2006) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Limerick.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the area of clinical biomechanics, with a focus on diabetic footwear, gait analysis and plantar pressure measurement.

Selected Publications

Healy, A., Naemi, R. and Chockalingam, N. (2014). The Effectiveness of Footwear and Other Removable Off-loading Devices in the Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Systematic Review. Current Diabetes Reviews, 10(4):215-230.

Ghomian, B., Kamyab, M., Jafari, H., Khamseh, M. and Healy, A. (2014). Rocker outsole shoe is not a treat topostural stability in patients with diabetic neuropathy. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, Epub ahead of print.

Healy, A., Naemi, R. and Chockalingam, N. (2013). The effectiveness of footwear as an intervention to prevent diabetic foot ulceration or to reduce biomechanical risk factors for ulceration: a systematic review. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, 27(4): 391-400.

Healy, A., Naemi, R. and Chockalingam, N. (In press). The effectiveness of footwear as an intervention to prevent diabetic foot ulceration or to reduce biomechanical risk factors for ulceration: a systematic review. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications.

Healy, A., Dunning, D.N., and Chockalingam, N. (2012). Effect of insole material on lower limb kinematics and plantar pressures during treadmill walking. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 36(1): 53-62.

Healy, A., Burgess-Walker, P., Naemi, R. and Chockalingam, N. (2012). Repeatability of WalkinSense® in shoe pressure measurement system: A preliminary study. The Foot, 22(1): 35-39.

Chockalingam, N., Chatterley, F., Healy A., Greenhalgh, A. and Branthwaite, H. (2012). Comparison of Pelvic Complex Kinematics During Treadmill and Overground Walking. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(12): 2302-2308.

Naemi, R., Larose Chevalier, T., Healy, A. and Chockalingam, N. (2012). The effect of the use of a walkway and the choice of the foot on plantar pressure assessment when using pressure platforms. The Foot, 22(2): 100-104.

Macklin, K., Healy, A. and Chockalingam, N. (2012). The effect of calf muscle stretching exercises on ankle joint dorsiflexion and dynamic foot pressures, force and related temporal parameters. The Foot, 22(1): 10-17.

Healy, A., Dunning, D. and Chockalingam, N. (2010). Materials used for Footwear Orthoses: A Review. Footwear Science, 2(2), 93-110.


Book chapter

Branthwaite, H., Chockalingam, N and Healy, A. (2012) Chapter 16 Footwear – The Forgotten treatment – Clinical Role of Footwear. In R.S, Goonetilleke, ed. The Science of Footwear. Boca Raton: CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 341-355.


Workshops

Gait Analysis and recent advances (2014) National Rehab Forum - “Recent advances in Stroke, Stroke Rehabilitation & Neuropathic Pain”, Crewe, UK.

Gait Analysis Techniques. Presented at the BAPO Short Course Foot & Ankle Assessment. Staffordshire February 2012.

Foot Pressure and Biomechanics. Presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of Diabetic Foot Society of India Hyderabad, September 2012.

Diabetic Foot and Plantar Pressure Measurement. Presented at the International Advanced Diabetes Workshop for Physicians. Chennai, August 2012.

Contact

Aoife Healy
Senior Research Officer
Scholarship, Enterprise and Research (Research)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2DF
t: +44 (0)1782 292797
e: aoife.healy@staffs.ac.uk