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)