Dr Aoife Healy

Job Title and Responsibilities

Associalte Professor of Human Movement Biomechanics

I work within the Clinical Biomechanics team where my research focuses on lower limb biomechanics.

About me

I joined Staffordshire University as a KTP Research Associate on a project examining diabetic footwear in October 2009.

In 2006 I graduated from the University of Limerick with a BSc in Sports and Exercise Sciences. Following this I completed a MSc in Biomechanics at Dublin City University. My doctoral thesis at Staffordshire University examined the effect of therapeutic footwear on gait, focusing on diabetes and materials.


  • PhD (2015) Clinical Biomechanics, Staffordshire Universiy

  • MSc (2009) Biomechanics, Dublin City University.

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

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member of the International Society of Biomechanics

  • Member of Footwear Biomechanics Group (International Society of Biomechanics)

  • Member of Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology community

  • Member of Clinical Movement Analysis Society (UK)

  • Member of International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics

  • Member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association

Research Interests

My research interests are assistive technology, gait analysis, and plantar pressure measurement. I was awarded prestigious grant funding from the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)/World Health Organisation (WHO) to complete a systematic review of prosthetic and orthotic services. Subsequently, I have become a member of the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) community, whose goal is to improve access to high-quality affordable assistive products globally.

Selected Publications

  • Healy, A., Farmer, S., Eddison, N., Allcock, J., Perry, T., Pandyan, A. and Chockalingam, N. (In press) A Scoping Literature Review of Studies Assessing Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Prosthetic and Orthotic Interventions. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.

  • Healy, A., Linyard-Tough, K. and Chockalingam, N. (In press) Agreement between the spatiotemporal gait parameters of healthy adults from the OptoGait system and a traditional three-dimensional motion capture system. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.

  • Witchel, H.J., Oberndorfer, C., Needham, R., Healy, A., Westling, C.E.I., Guppy, J.H., Bush, J., Barth, J., Herberz, C., Roggen, D., et al. (2018) Thigh-Derived Inertial Sensor Metrics to Assess the Sit-to-Stand and Stand-to-Sit Transitions in the Timed Up and Go (TUG) Task for Quantifying Mobility Impairment in Multiple Sclerosis. Frontiers in Neurology, 6:684.

  •  Healy, A., Farmer, S., Pandyan, A. and Chockalingam, N. (2018) A systematic review of randomised controlled trials assessing effectiveness of prosthetic and orthotic interventions. PLoS ONE 13(3): e0192094.

  • Dolan, E., Swinton, P., Sale, C., Healy, A., and O'Reilly, J. (2017) Does Adipose Tissue Mass Positively or Negatively influence BMD in an overweight or obese population? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrition Reviews, 5(10):858-870.

  • Chatzistergos, P., Naemi, R., Healy, A., Gerth, P. and Chockalingam, N. (2017) Subject Specific Optimisation of the Stiffness of Footwear Material for Maximum Plantar Pressure Reduction. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 45(8): 1929-1940.

  • Eddison, N., Healy, A., Needham, R. and Chockalingam, N. (2017) Shank-to-Vertical Angle in Ankle-Foot Orthoses: A Comparison of Static and Dynamic Assessment in a Series of Cases. Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics, 29(4):161–167.

  • Needham, R., Naemi, R., Healy, A. and Chockalingam, N. (2016) Multi-segment kinematic model to assess three-dimensional movement of the spine and back during gait. Prosthetics & Orthotics International, 40(5):624-35.

  • Ghomian, B., Kamyab, M., Jafari, H., Khamseh, M. and Healy, A. (2016) Rocker outsole shoe is not a threat to postural stability in patients with diabetic neuropathy. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 40(2):224-230.

  • Naemi, R., Linyard-Tough, K., Healy, A. and Chockalingam, N. (2015) The influence of slow recovery insole on plantar pressure and contact area during walking. Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, 15(2):1540005.

  • Błażkiewicz, M., Sundar, L., Healy, A., Ramachandran, A., Chockalingam, N. and Naemi, R. (2015) Assessment of lower leg muscle force distribution during isometric ankle dorsi and plantar flexion in patients with diabetes: a preliminary study. Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, 29(2):282-287.

  • 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.

  • Witchel, H., Westling, C., Tee, J., Healy, A., Needham, R. and Chockalingam, N. (2014) What does not happen: Quantifying embodied engagement using NIMI and self-adaptors. Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception studies, 11(1): 304-331.

  • 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.

  • Naemi, R., Healy, A., Sundar, L., Ramachandran, A., Chockalingam, N. (2013) A Combined Technique for Randomisation of a Small Number of Participants with a Variety of Covariates into Treatment and Control Groups in Randomised Controlled Trials. Journal of Clinical Trials 4:150

  • Chockalingam, N., Healy, A., Naemi, R., Burgess-Walker, Philp, Razak, AHA, Zayegh, A., Begg, RK and Wahab, Y. (2013) Comments and Reply to: Foot Plantar Pressure Measurement System: A Review. Sensors 2012, 12, 9884-9912. Sensors, 13 (3). pp. 3527-3529.

  • 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.

  • Needham, R., Chockalingam, N., Naemi, R., Shannon, T. and Healy, A. (2012) Validation of a multi-segment spinal model for kinematic analysis and a comparison of different data processing techniques. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. 176:151-4.

  • Needham, R., Chockalingam, N., Dunning, D., Healy, A., Ahmed EB and Ward, A. (2012) The effect of leg length discrepancy on pelvis and spine kinematics during gait. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. 176:104-7.

  • Witchel, H.J., Healy, A., Needham, R., Westling, C. and Chockalingam, N. (2012) Comparing four technologies for measuring postural micromovements during computer monitor engagement. Clinical Anatomy, 26 (3), 403-415.

  • Healy, A., Moran, K., Dickson, J., Hurley, C., Smeaton, A., O’Connor, N.E., Kelly, P. Haahr, M. and Chockalingam, N. (2011) Analysis of the 5-iron golf swing when hitting for maximum distance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(10); 1079-1088.

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


Aoife Healy
Associate Professor of Human Movement Biomechanics
School of Life Science and Education
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 292797
e: aoife.healy@staffs.ac.uk