i-FAB is driven by the desire to improve our understanding of foot and ankle biomechanics as it applies to health, disease, and the design, development and evaluation of foot and ankle surgery, and interventions such as footwear and insoles/orthotics.

i-FAB activities seek to enable more effective approaches to researching the foot and ankle, accelerate our ability to address the unique challenges that the foot and ankle pose for biomechanics researchers, health care professionals and industry, and foster seamless activities between researchers and research users.

Our specific objectives are to:

  • Increase the profile of foot and ankle biomechanics research within academic, clinical and industry communities
  • Promote the value of foot and ankle biomechanics research to research users (industry and clinical communities)
  • Develop a co-ordinated approach to addressing the challenges which experimental and computational biomechanics of the foot and ankle pose
  • Enable better co-ordination of multidisciplinary research
  • Enable more effective co-ordination of foot and ankle biomechanics research between groups in different countries

How do we do this?

We run a biannual i-FAB congress that is organised to facilitate making connections between different sectors, or increase the profile of foot biomechanics in a new territory. We also try to connect disciplines that traditionally might not have a strong biomechanics component.

We also routinely host and Chair sessions at major international conferences including the Footwear Biomechanics Group, International Society of Biomechanics, World Council of Biomechanics, EFAS, and others too.

This is an open community – if you have an idea for a new initiative that can further our aims please contact us via email