Foot Biomechanics and Technology

The Foot Biomechanics and Technology Group concerns oneself with gaining a better understanding of foot biomechanics and related complaints and evaluating or developing therapy options with a focus on applying current technology to the assessment and therapy of the locomotor system and orthotics.



  • Heiner Baur, PhD
  • Slavko Rogan, PhD
  • Angela Blasimann, PT, MSc (PhD candidate)
  • Patrick Zuberbühler, Orthopedic Technician (Ortho-Team AG)
  • Johannes Gruppe, PT, BSc (MSc student)
  • Simone Hänni, PT, BSc (MSc student)
  • Anja Brun, PT, BSc (MSc student)
  • Mario Rohrer, PT, BSc (MSc student)
  • Silvia Minder, PT, BSc (MSc student)
  • Bettina Berger, PT, BSc (MSc student)
  • Michelle Müller, PT, BSc (MSc student)
  • Samuel Colonia, PT, BSc (MSc student)


  • Beatrice Eggertswyler, PT, MSc
  • Jana Frangi, PT, MSc
  • Larissa Zesiger, PT, MSc
  • Thomas Heutschi, MSc Biomed Eng
  • Johannes Pohl, PT, MSc
  • Nicole Lutz, PT, MSc
  • Nino Sutter, MSc Biomed Eng
  • Alexander Imhof, PT, BSc
  • Bettina Meyer, PT, BSc
  • Malin Hulliger, PT, BSc
  • Pascal Kolly, BSc Micro- and Medical Technology
  • Dayene Studer, PT, BSc
  • Debora Lambelet, PT, BSc
  • Natacha Chavaillaz, PT, BSc
  • Stefan Rutschmann, BSc Micro- and Medical Technology
  • Janina Kästli, PT, BSc
  • Corinne Kaufmann, PT, BSc
  • Luca Bortolotti, BSc Micro- and Medical Technology
  • Aurélien Pittet, BSc Micro- and Medical Technology
  • Marion Bohnenblust, PT, BSc
  • Eveline Kaufmann, PT, BSc
  • Sira Woodtli, PT, BSc
  • Julien McEvoy, PT, BSc
  • Cédric Simonin, PT, BSc
  • Kaspar Scherler, PT, BSc
  • Mirjam Shibli, PT, BSc
  • Martin Hiltbrand, PT, BSc
  • Kevin Marcus, PT, BSc
  • Philippe Bähler, BSc Micro- and Medical Technology


Current projects

  • 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
  • Reliability and Validity of an Accelerometry-based Assessment of Dynamic Postural Stability – A Pilot Study (Masterthesis, Founding: 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)
  • Movement analysis in running injuries – implications for orthotic device configuration? (Cooperation with Ortho-Team AG, Masterthesis, Founding: none)
  • Fusing intrinsic foot motion and plantar pressure patterns - A better approach for foot function diagnostics? (Cooperation with Rennbahnklinik, Masterthesis, Founding: none)
  • 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)

Completed projects

  • 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)


Selected journal publications

  • Ballmer, Claudia, Patric Eichelberger, Monika Leitner, Helene Moser, Helena Luginbuehl, Annette Kuhn, and Lorenz Radlinger. 2020. “Electromyography of Pelvic Floor Muscles with True Differential Versus Faux Differential Electrode Configuration.” International Urogynecology Journal 31 (October): 2051–59.
  • Blasimann, Angela, Patric Eichelberger, Nicole Lutz, Lorenz Radlinger, and Heiner Baur. 2018. “Intra- and Interday Reliability of the Dynamic Navicular Rise, a New Measure for Dynamic Foot Function: A Descriptive, Cross-Sectional Laboratory Study.” Foot (Edinburgh, Scotland) 37 (December): 48–53.
  • Eichelberger, P., A. Blasimann, N. Lutz, F. Krause, and H. Baur. 2018. “A Minimal Markerset for Three-Dimensional Foot Function Assessment: Measuring Navicular Drop and Drift Under Dynamic Conditions.” Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 11 (15).
  • Eichelberger, P., M. Ferraro, U. Minder, T. Denton, A. Blasimann, F. Krause, and H. Baur. 2016. “Analysis of Accuracy in Optical Motion Capture – a Protocol for Laboratory Setup Evaluation.” Journal Article. Journal of Biomechanics.
  • Eichelberger, Patric, Johannes Pohl, Theo Jaspers, Matteo Ferraro, Fabian Krause, and Heiner Baur. 2018. “Cranio-Caudal and Medio-Lateral Navicular Translation Are Representative Surrogate Measures of Foot Function in Asymptomatic Adults During Walking.” PloS One 13:e0208175.
  • Koenig, Irene, Patric Eichelberger, Helena Luginbuehl, Annette Kuhn, Corinne Lehmann, Jan Taeymans, and Lorenz Radlinger. 2020. “Activation Patterns of Pelvic Floor Muscles in Women with Incontinence While Running: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” International Urogynecology Journal, May.
  • Koenig, Irene, Rex Martin, Lorenz Radlinger, Monika Leitner, Patric Eichelberger, and Adrian von Steiger. 2020. “Ergonomics of Tuba Playing. Survey on Complaints and Coping Strategies Using Focus Groups.” Music and Medicine 12 (4): 243–48.
  • Kuchen, Daniela Barbara, Patric Eichelberger, Heiner Baur, and Erich Rutz. 2020. “Long-Term Follow-up After Patellar Tendon Shortening for Flexed Knee Gait in Bilateral Spastic Cerebral Palsy.” Gait & Posture 81 (September): 85–90.
  • Lerch, Till D, Patric Eichelberger, Heiner Baur, Florian Schmaranzer, Emanuel F Liechti, Joe M Schwab, Klaus A Siebenrock, and Moritz Tannast. 2019. “Prevalence and Diagnostic Accuracy of in-Toeing and Out-Toeing of the Foot for Patients with Abnormal Femoral Torsion and Femoroacetabular Impingement: Implications for Hip Arthroscopy and Femoral Derotation Osteotomy.” The Bone & Joint Journal 101-B (October): 1218–29.
  • Pohl, J., T. Jaspers, M. Ferraro, F. Krause, H. Baur, and P. Eichelberger. 2018. “The Influence of Gait and Speed on the Dynamic Navicular Drop – a Cross Sectional Study on Healthy Subjects.” The Foot 36 (April): 67–73.