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Dr Kellie Gibson

Senior Lecturer in Professional health Sciences


Kellie is module leader for MSc Musculoskeletal Podiatry and Human Gait Studies.  She also teaches rheumatology  to level 5 and 6 and clinical modules.  Kellie is currently running a multi-centred RCT as post-doctoral research in collaboration with researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University.  She received grant funding of £206,000 from the W. Scholl fund to run this 2 year project.  Please go to the research section to read more about her research.

    Kellie’s PhD developed and evaluated ‘highly personalised’ foot orthoses for patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  She is now running a multi-centred RCT comparing the effectiveness of prefabricated to custom foot orthoses in patients with early RA.


    Kellie’s PhD developed and evaluated ‘highly personalised’ foot orthoses for patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) based on the individual’s 3-D gait and plantar pressure results.  Personalised orthoses were created to address key pathomechanical features of foot conditions derived from RA that may be structural or functional in nature.  These were compared for biomechanical and patient reported outcomes to current ‘state of-the-art’ orthoses (standard orthoses).  The standard orthoses was prescribed using biomechanical assessment techniques frequently used in clinical practice and issued through a commercial company.  
    This approach to foot care aimed to exploit the early use of personalised foot orthoses in a small window of opportunity to effectively stabilise and protect foot joints during periods of potentially destructive active disease.  Main study results have been published in Arthritis Care and Research.
    Kellie is currently completing post doctoral research 2 days a week in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University. This is a two year study which received funding of £206,000 from the W.M Scholl fund.  The study aims to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of prefabricated versus customised orthoses in early Rheumatoid Arthritis patients.  This study started in June 2015.

    FOCOS- Foot Orthoses- Custom versus Off-the-shelf in early Rheumatoid Arthritis patients


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    Journal Gibson, K.S, Woodburn, J, Porter, D, Telfer, S. (2013) Functionally Optimised Orthoses for Early Rheumatoid Foot Disease: a Study of Mechanisms and Patient Experience. Arthritis Research and Care. 2151-4658

    Telfer S, Gibson KS, Hennesy K, Steultjens M, Woodburn, J. (2012) Computer aided design of foot orthoses: reproducability and effect of method used to obtain foot shape. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 19, 863-870.

    Abstract Gibson KS, Telfer S, Dalgarno KW, Pallari J, Woodburn J. Personalised Orthotics for rheumatoid arthritis (PO4RA)- First-onto-man tests of novel foot orthotic devices.  Annuals of the rheumatic diseases.  Vol 70 (6-Supp 3) AB1008-HP:  London EULAR 2011

    Conference Papers Gibson KS, Telfer S, Woodburn J. Functionally optimised foot orthoses for early rheumatoid arthritis: a ‘first-on-man’, phase I study of mechanisms and patient experience. Paper presented at British Society of Rheumatology (BSR), 23rd-25th April, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Gibson KS, Dalgarno KW, Telfer S, Pallari J, Woodburn J. Use of Foot Orthoses in early intervention in inflammatory arthritis.  Paper presented at North East Orthotics Network, 9-27th March 2012, Newcastle, United Kingdom Gibson KS. Personalised Foot Orthotics for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients. Paper presented at the Podiatric Biomechanics Symposium, 16 September 2011, London, United Kingdom

    Gibson KS, Telfer S, Dalgarno KW, Pallari J, Woodburn J. Personalised orthotics for rheumatoid arthritis (PO4RA): phase I testing of novel devices. Paper presented at 1st International Congress Scientific Testing of Orthotic Devices, 23-26 March 2011, Aix les Bains, France

    Gibson KS, Telfer S, Dalgarno KW, Pallari J, Woodburn J. Personalised orthotics for rheumatoid arthritis (PO4RA): development of 3D kinematic and plantar pressure based design rules for commercial CAD software. Paper presented at 2nd Congress of the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Community, 16-18 September 2010, Seattle, United States


    W. M Scholl Fund- £206,000 to complete post doctoral research- FOCOs




    Kellie currently teaches on a range of modules but is module leader for Level 4 Human Gait Studies and Level 7 Musculoskeletal Podiatry.  Her role also includes supervision of two PhD students.

    Kellie has expertise in a multitude of specialist equipment including 3-D gait analysis, plantar pressure assessment systems, gait rite, 3-D scanners and computer aided design software through her doctoral studies.  She also has experience of working within gait and specialist foot clinics under experts in the field within Glasgow Caledonian University and Glasgows Royal Infirmary.  These roles involved the treatment of patients with inflammatory arthritis with foot impairment.  Biomechanical assessments were undertaken and patient treatment involved mechanical based therapies or ultrasound scanning for the detection of active synovitis which may have warranted corticosteroid injection.