Great Foundations is a collaborative initiative being led by the Universities of Salford and Brighton. Over the next 5 years we will be doing research to understand parental views related to children’s foot health and investigate what health and industry professionals know and think about children’s feet.

We will also, for the first time, describe how feet change in shape, structure and function as babies develop from crawling to independent walking.  The research hopes to provide a major leap forward in the quality of knowledge and understanding of children’s foot health.

Funding of £1.5m comes from The Dr William M Scholl Unit of Podiatric Development, a charity focused on advancing foot related research and education in the UK. The fund is part of Central and North West London NHS Trust.