Dr Sarah Carter

Started at UWA: 2014

Podiatrist, biomechanist and researcher

Podiatrist Dr Sarah Carter is a lecturer and first-year coordinator of the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Program at The University of Western Australia. Dr Carter was part of the inaugural group of students to complete their Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine at UWA in 2009. A few years later, Dr Carter moved to Scotland where she completed a Master of Science in Motion Analysis with a thesis titled ‘Analysis of the kinetic and kinematic data in lower limbs during highland dancing’.

Dr Carter recently completed a joint PhD between UWA’s Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Division and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University, entitled ‘Lower leg and foot contributions to turnout in pre-professional female dancers: A clinical and kinematic analysis’.

Dr Carter regularly presents at conferences, including the 2017 Australasian Podiatry Conference, the 2016 International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Conference in Hong Kong, the 2017 event of the same conference in Houston, United States, and she will present at the 2018 event in Helsinki in October.


Dr Carter has considerable experience in research projects in topics involving dance, the associated lower limb injuries dancers sustain and the assessment of how these occur. She also frequently presents at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Conferences. Recently Dr Carter supervised a topic on 'The effect of cleat wedges on patellofemoral pain in experienced cyclists: A randomised controlled trial’.

Contact Dr Carter on the details below for research supervisor opportunities.

Future research projects for potential PhD candidates include:

  • Investigating kinematics of dance movements using a dance specific 3D multi-segment foot model
  • Validation of a dance specific multi-segment foot model with biplanar fluoroscopic examination
  • Longitudinal study of the impact of dancing on the development of hallux valgus
  • Use of the dance specific 3D multi-segment foot model for quantitative longitudinal research
  • Multi-centre repeatability analysis of the dance specific 3D multi-segment foot model
  • Influence of lower limb muscles on the foot in functional turnout

Contact Dr Carter for further information.


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