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Review: STAFFORDSHIRE CONFERENCE ON CLINICAL BIOMECHANICS 2014

From May 1 – 3, 2014, the 12th Consecutive Conference on Clinical Biomechanics took place at Staffordshire University, England. The conference offered a wide range of exciting lectures and scientific presentations focussing on lower limb biomechanics and footwear research, and in particular on biomechanics of the at risk foot (with a focus on Diabetes) and musculoskeletal biomechanics of the lower limb and footwear.

novel organised a successful preconference workshop on the theme of „Plantar Pressure Assessment”, together with  Dr Claudia Giacomozzi,  Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Technology and Health, Italian National Institute of Health. The workshop covered basic concepts in plantar pressure and ground reaction force measurements along with an introduction to the technologies used for plantar pressure assessment. Dr Claudia Giacomozzi  presented, among other things, the procedure implemented at the University Hospital of Tor Vergata, Rome, on how to create measuring logs to test orthopaedic insoles and shoes for the Diabetic patients. Comparative measurements were performed with a number of (healthy) volunteers from the audience. The workshop triggered manifold questions, on themes including European legislation on load distribution technology and the accuracy of the measurements systems on the market.

Thanks to everyone for the interesting discussion and for making this workshop a great success.