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Professor Karl Landorf Professor, Podiatry

Dr Karl Landorf is a Professor and Research Coordinator in the Discipline of Podiatry, and Acting Director of Research in the School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He is internationally known for his research relating to foot and ankle disorders. Professor Landorf has extensive clinical trial experience with a particular interest in investigating interventions used in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders of the foot and ankle.

His main area of research focuses on plantar heel pain (plantar fasciitis) and foot orthoses, although he also has experience investigating other interventions used in the management of musculoskeletal disorders affecting the lower extremity. According to Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (June 2020), Professor Landorf is ranked #1 in the world for total number of publications for the condition ‘plantar heel pain’ and #2 for ‘foot orthoses’ (his two primary research areas). More broadly, he is ranked #6 in the world for the total number of English language scientific-publications relating to the foot (in the combined categories of Orthopedics, Sport Sciences, General Internal Medicine, Rehabilitation and Rheumatology).

Professor Landorf is currently involved in a number of research projects, including: clinical trials (particularly investigations of medical imaging and evaluations of interventions for plantar heel pain), studies investigating the effects of foot orthoses, and outcome measurement.


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