Research activities within the Centre for Podiatric Studies focus on the definition and assessment of foot-type and foot-function, and the relationship between foot function and proximal musculoskeletal pathology. Pathologies of particular interest include patellofemoral joint pain syndrome and medial knee osteoarthritis. Staff research interests also include the use of epidemiological methods in the investigation of causal relationships and the sensitivity and specificity of clinical testing procedures. Research activity within the centre is increasing, due to opportunities for PhD studentships – for example from the Research Capacity Building Collaboration – and for external collaborations, which should see the centre develop a research community over the next 5 years.