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Gait, Balance & Movement Disorders Research

Gait, balance and movement disorder research at RFUMS includes investigations into:

  • The role of biomechanics and physical activity in the development and treatment of injury/disease (e.g., diabetes, fall prevention). (Ryan Crews, MS, CCRP)
  • Clinical research that explores: i) patient risk factors associated with favorable outcomes in elective and non-elective foot surgery; and ii) foot/ankle and lower extremity therapies that may improve balance and reduce fall risk. (Adam Fleischer, DPM, MPH, FACFAS)
  • Interprofessional collaboration in clinical outcomes and education assessment, reconstructive surgery and wound healing (Robert Joseph, DPM, PhD, FACFAS)
  • Clinical and translational research into the risk factors, treatment, and prevention of diabetic complications (wounds, neurological, musculoskeletal, and vascular) of the lower extremities. (Stephanie Wu, DPM, MS, FACFAS)
  • Research involving applied biomechanics via the use of innovative, validated body worn sensors to quantify and analyze human gait, balance, muscle activity, and patient compliance, in order to investigate: diabetic complications of the lower extremities, fall prevention, and improvement of patient lifestyles through postural stability training. (Sai Yalla, PhD)
  • Research concerned with the neuromechanics of locomotion in association with  the prevention of falls and promotion of mobility in community dwelling older adults as well as secondary complications associated with lower-limb prosthesis use. (Noah Rosenblatt, PhD)