Foot Biomechanics and Technology

We research a better understanding of foot biomechanics and the associated complaints, and evaluate and develop therapy options. We place a special focus on the use of current technologies in the therapy of the locomotor system and in orthopaedics technology.

The aim of our foot biomechanics and technology research is to apply the latest technological developments to transfer the objective assessment of movement biomechanics and neuromuscular control from the laboratory into the clinical routine, thus gaining further insights in physiotherapy.

We use the infrastructure of the Bern Movement Lab, the Bern Mobility Centre and the Bern Pain & Stress Lab for our research.

Come join our team

For master's theses

Please contact Dr. Patric Eichelberger to learn about current opportunities for participation in the framework of a master’s thesis.

For PhD theses

We currently do not have any open doctoral positions.


Our research projects on foot biomechanics and technology:

Current projects

  • Movement analysis in running injuries – Implications for orthotic device configuration?
    Cooperation with Ortho-Team AG
    PI: Patric Eichelberger, PhD
    Sponsor: Unfunded
  • Fusing intrinsic foot motion and plantar pressure patterns – A better approach for foot function diagnostics?
    Cooperation with Praxisklinik Rennbahn AG
    PI: Patric Eichelberger, PhD
    Sponsor: Unfunded
  • Accelerometry-based measurement of time to stabilization – Enhancing feasibility of dynamic postural stability assessment in clinical settings.
    PI: Patric Eichelberger, PhD
    Sponsor: Unfunded
  • Bone age assessment by ultrasound – Development of a standardized method for in-field assessment.
    PI: Eva Rüeger, MSc (Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen)
    Involved member(s) of Foot Biomechanics and Technology Research Group: Patric Eichelberger, PhD (Project partner)
    Sponsor: Unfunded
  • Der ORTHO-TEAM Dorsallift. Eine innovative Lösung zur Behandlung des plantaren Fersenschmerzes.
    PI: Heiner Baur, PhD
    Sponsor: Innosuisse (Projekt 38317.1 IP-LS).
  • Patient-specific surgical planning of torsional leg deformities using MRI, 3D gait analysis and musculoskeletal simulation for young patients with knee or hip pain to improve patient outcomes.
    PI: Emanuel Liechti, MD (Bern University Hospital)
    Involved member(s) of Foot Biomechanics and Technology Research Group: Patric Eichelberger, PhD (Project partner)
    Sponsor: CTU Research Grant, Bern University Hospital (Inselspital)
  • Association between running biomechanics, running economy and running related injury.
    PI: Adrien Cerrito, PhD
    Sponsor: Unfunded
  • Sportklettern – Biomechanik, Training, Diagnostik und Therapie
    PI: Lorenz Radlinger, PhD
    Sponsor: Unfunded

Completed projects

  • CAFOpt - Carbon Ankle-Foot Orthoses Optimization: Minimierung des Bruchrisikos bei patientenspezifischen Karbon-Sprunggelenkfederorthesen unter Berücksichtigung der optimalen Federsteifigkeit zur Unterstützung des Gangbildes (Cooperation with the Ortho-Team AG, Bern; Funding: swissuniversities P-11 Doppeltes Kompetenzprofil)
  • SpaDisQuA - The spatial distribution of quadriceps muscle activity - a pilot study investigating the effects of altered contraction intensity and time (Masterthesis, Funding: none)
  • Effect of playing period on the neck Muscle Onset Time after checking in Swiss male amateur Ice HOCkey – A prospective pilot study (Masterthesis, Founding: none)
  • Enhanced. neuromuscular assessment of the pelvic floor muscle with a flexible highdensity surface EMG probe and electroqnatomica.l mapping - A modelting and. simulation studg (Founding: SNF Spark
  • Effects of manual therapy techniques on neuromuscular and postural control in patients with chronic ankle instability (Masterthesis, Funding: none)
  • Validation of the Cometa WaveTrack IMU system to measure joint angles during various activities (Masterthesis, Funding: none)
  • Der vermessene Tubaspieler. Digitalisierung der Mensch-Instrument-Ergonomie (Coinvestigator; Cooperation BFH-HKB; Funding: BFH Call for Proposals 2019 (BFH internal grant))
  • Properties of sensomotoric training devices - Influence of various design parameters on the device behavior during different exercise tasks (Bachelorthesis, Funding: none)
  • Movement Analysis of Stairway Walking - a pilot study investigating the influence of inand out-toeing on the neuromuscular control and loading of the knee joint (Masterthesis, Funding: none)
  • GaitLApp - Gait Laboratory Application: Entwicklung einer grafischen Benutzeroberfläche zur einfachen Erstellung von Ganglaborberichten (Cooperation with the Ortho-Team AG, Bern; Funding: swissuniversities P-11 Doppeltes Kompetenzprofil)
  • The CurePPaC Study analyzing non-surgical treatment strategies to Cure Pes Planovalgus associated Complaints (Co-investigator; Funding: SNF Project 140928)
  • Development of an active balance board with visual feedback for sensomotoric training (Masterthesis, Funding: none)


  • Ortho-Team AG (Adrian Bosshard)
  • Praxisklinik Rennbahn AG (Dr. Marlene Mauch)
  • BFH Institute for Medical Informatics I4MI (Dr. Kerstin Denecke)
  • BFH Institute for Human Centered Engineering - Biomedical Engineering Lab (Dr. Jörn Justiz)
  • BFH Institute for Human Centered Engineering - Robotics Lab (Dr. Gabriel Gruener)
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen - Exercise Science (Dr. Michael Romann)
  • Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, Bern University Hospital (Inselspital) (Dr. med. Emanuel Liechti)
  • Department of Diagnostic, Interventional and Pediatric Radiology, Bern University Hospital (Inselspital) (PD Dr. med. Jasmin Busch)