There is a huge emphasis placed on the importance of research within the Podiatry Department at NUI Galway. It is a huge interest of many members of the staff at the university and is viewed by all as essential in developing our profession for the future.

Professor Caroline McIntosh has carried out some tremendous research in Diabetic foot ulceration, wound management and debridement, dressing choices and much more. She has been heavily involved in the multi centred EVerT study comparing conventional treatment options in verrucae. She is also interested in researching novel therapies such as Stochastic Noise Stimulation to improve Peripheral Sensory function.

Other members of the lecturing staff in the department boast a wealth of different research interests, knowledge and involvements. This places NUI Galway’s Podiatry faculty in a unique position of offering a wide range of expertise as well as clinical and research experience.

The list below depicts some of the interests we have as a department but is by no means exhaustive.

  • Tissue viability/ lower extremity wounds
  • Management of the at risk limb
  • Diabetic foot disease
  • Tissue stress
  • Foot and ankle biomechanics
  • Joint instability
  • Gait analysis
  • Orthotic therapy
  • Footwear
  • Evidence based practice
  • Interprofessional working in clinical practice