David N Dunning

Honorary (Visiting) Research Fellow

Health, Science and Wellbeing

I am a general practice podiatrist who has worked in private practice in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire for over 20 years following a period of clinical and managerial work in the NHS. I consider myself to be a generalist in podiatry but with a special interest in biomechanics and musculo-skeletal medicine. Throughout my career I have worked with professional sports clubs, including premier league football and rugby union clubs and the national squad. I have also been involved with specialist sports physiotherapy clinics and have been involved in the management of many injuries to elite sports participants and athletes at all levels including national and international. As a generalist podiatrist and clinical biomechanist I have helped in many specialist diabetic, rheumatology and orthopaedic departments giving me a broad experience in the field of human movement and pathology.

I have also acted as a consultant to the orthopaedic footwear and orthotic services industry.

I have been privileged to be known as an international speaker in musckulo-skeletal issues having been a key-note speaker at several conferences here in the UK, and in the USA, Canada and Europe.

Professional memberships and activities

Currently I am a member of the council of the Society of Podiatrists and I am a past chairman of the Podiatric Biomechanics Group (of Great Britain) and I have been a board member of the American Association of Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons.

In 2008 I was elected as an inaugural Fellow of the College of Podiatric Medicine and General practice.

Registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) - Podiatrist

Academic qualifications

1975 Diploma in Podiatric Medicine - Salford University
1975 Certificate in the administration of Local Anaesthetics.
1976 Certificate of Skin Surgery and Operating Theatre techniques.
1978 – 1984 Various Podiatry Association Pre-Fellowship courses including, Pharmacology, Anatomy dissection and Pathology.
1986 – 1987 Advanced Pathomechanics. Northern College of Podiatry.
1990 Advanced Certificate in Sports Podiatry. Crewe and Alsager College. (Now Manchester Metropolitan University)
1994 - 1996 Master of Science Degree in Sports Injury and Therapy - Manchester Metropolitan University
2003 Clinical podiatric Acupuncture


I am a Podiatrist with a special interest in clinical biomechanics and human movement.

Research interests

Apart from my clinical practice, I have taken an active role in academic and research life at Staffordshire University helping to run courses at masters’ level in such subjects as clinical biomechanics, specialist footwear and musculoskeletal diagnosis. My research activities include injury management and prevention, gait and posture, lower limb muscle function, diabetes wound care and footwear.

Enterprise and commercial interests

Heelless Project.


  • Course leader for PGCert. In Footwear in Diagnosis and Therapy.
  • Course leader for Certificate in CPD in Intermediate Clinical Biomechanics.
  • Module leader for Sport and Recreation module of the MSc in Clinical Podiatric biomechanics.
  • PGCert. In Musculo-skeletal DiagnosisTherapies Module of the MSc in Clinical Podiatric biomechanics and Clinical Biomechanics.
  • MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Science.
  • Undergraduate Sport Science.


Nachiappan Chockalingam, Ashford RL, David Dunning (2001) The influence of four different wound dressing in the kinetics of human walking. Journal of wound care 10 (9): 371-374.

Nachiappan Chockalingam , Robert L Ashford, Helen Branthwaite, David Dunning (2003) Foot length ratios for selected dimensions in a mixed gender, non pathological sample, Presented at the Sixth Symposium on Footwear Biomechanics, Queenstown, New Zealand.

R Sloss, N Chockalingam, E Yule and DN Dunning (2007) A Study into the relationship between foot orthoses and dental appliances. Presented to the Footwear Biomechanics Symposium, Taiwan.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

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Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021