Research Grant Awards

The AOFAS Research Grants Program is supported by the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation with generous contributions from individuals and industry. Grant applications are reviewed and ranked by the Research Committee using a blinded NIH-style review process and funding recommendations are approved by the AOFAS Board of Directors. For information on applying for a grant, please visit the Research Grants Program page.

Grant
Cycle

Funded Project Category & Title

​2016 ​Pilot Project Research Grant
Do Knee Scooters Contribute to Lower Extremity Venous Stasis?
Christopher W. Reb, DO; Gregory C. Berlet, MD
​2016 ​Pilot Project Research Grant
Development of a Real Time Model of Foot and Ankle Kinematics During Simulated Gait – A Pilot Study
Bryan Smith, MD; Michael S. Pinzur, MD; Robert M. Havey, MS; Muturi G. Muriuki, PhD; Adam P. Schiff, MD
​2016 Small Project Research Grant
A Prospective Analysis of Midfoot Function, Ankle Power and Patient Functional Outcomes After Total Ankle Arthroplasty
Frank DiLiberto, PT, PhD; Steven L. Haddad, MD; Anand M. Vora, MD
2016​​ Small Project Research Grant
Evaluation of Local Vancomycin Powder on Osteoblastic Function and Healing in a Rodent Ankle Arthrodesis Model
Jason T. Bariteau, MD; Rishin J. Kadakia, MD; Mara L. Schenker, MD; Nick J. Willet, PhD
​2016 Small Project Research Grant
Arthroscopic Evaluation of the Ankle Syndesmosis: A Cadaveric Study
Christopher W. DiGiovanni, MD; Bart Lubberts, MD; Bryan G.Vopat, MD; Anne H. Johnson, MD; Daniel Guss, MS, MBA
2016 ​Established Project Research Grant
Supramalleolar Osteotomy: Mid- to Long-Term Results of 298 Consecutive Patients
Nicola Krähenbühl, MD; Lukas Zwicky, MSc; Liliana Bolliger, MSc; Markus Knupp, MD
​2016 Established Project Research Grant
In Vitro Assessment of the Role of Mechanical Strain in the Pathogenesis and Reversal of Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy
Mark R. Buckley, PhD; Adolph S. Flemister, Jr., MD; Alayna E. Loiselle, PhD; Michael S. Richards, PhD
​2015 Pilot Project Research Grant
Methodology for the Videao Analysis of Surgical Performance in Orthopedic Ankle Surgery
Douglas Beaman, MD
2015 The Effect of Hindfoot Deformity on the Ankle Utilizing a Novel System to Simulate Weight Bearing in a Cadaveric Model
Naven Duggal, MD and Ara Nazarian, PhD
2015 Arthroscopic Talar and Plafond Access for Osteochondral Lesions: The Effect of Limited Ankle Range of Motion on CT-Predicted Accessibility and Arthroscopic Visualization
Craig Chike Akoh, MD, Phinit Phisitkul, MD, and Annunziato Amendola, MD
2015 Differences in Gait After Ankle Arthrodesis and Ankle Arthroplasty When Ascending and Descending Stairs
Constantine Demetracopoulos, MD and Howard Hillstrom,  PhD
2015 Restoration of the Antibacterial Function of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Diabetic Foot Infection
Zijun Zhang, PhD, MD and Lew Schon, MD
2015 Direct Delivery of Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 and Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 Plasmid Genes for Diabetic Fracture Healing in a Rabbit Model
Nathan Nicholson, MD, John Femino, MD, and Alisager Salem, PhD
2014 Ankle Arthroscopic Simulation Decreases Surgical Error and Improves Basic Arthroscopic Skills of Residents in Training
Kevin Martin, DO; Phinit Phisitkul, MD; John Femino, MD; and Annunziato Amendola, MD
2014 Enhancement of Achilles Tendon Repair via Peripheral Blood Mobilization and Chemokine-Dire​​​​​cted Migration of Native Marrow-Derived Stem Cells
Kevin Baker, PhD and Paul Fortin, MD
2014
​Prospective Comparison of the NIH PROMIS Physical Function, Lower Extremity, and Pain --  Interference CATs Against the Foot and Ankle Outcome Score and SF-12 for Patients with Common Foot and Ankle Conditions
Stephen Greenfield, MD; Scott Ellis, MD; Hong Do, MS; and Jayme Burket, PhD
2014
In-vivo Arthrokinematics and Kinetics in the Normal and Chronically Unstable Ankle 
​Charles Saltzman, MD and Andrew Anderson, PhD 
2013
Syndesmotic distruption: Changes in tibiofibular motion and ankle contact stresses
Mark Drakos, MD, Jeremy La Mothe, MD; Josh Baxter, PhD
2013
 
A biomechanical comparison of a novel spring ligament reconstruction technique with previously reported techniques
Josh Baxter, PhD; Jonathan T. Deland, MD
2013
Syndesmotic disruption:  changes in tibiofubular motion and ankle contact stresses
Mark C. Drakos, MD; Jeremy LaMothe, MD; Josh Baxter, PhD
2013
Adipogenesis of adipose tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells in foot fat pad
Zijun Zhang, MD; Lew Schon, MD
2012​
Ankle joint pressure in pes cavus after lateralizing supramalleolar and calcaneal osteotomy
Timo Schmid, MD; Fabian Krause, MD
2012
​Exercise effect on diabetic (db/db) mice Achilles tendons
Robert Laughlin, MD; Greg Boivin, DVM
 
2012 Radiographic evaluation of plantar plate injury: An invitro biomechanical study
Thomas Clanton, MD; Norman Waldrop, III, MD
2012 Clinical and biomechanical outcomes following gastrocnemius recession vs plantar fasciotomy for plantar fasciitis:  A prosective randomized controlled clinical tool
Erik Nilssen, MD; Elizabeth Russell, PhD
2011
The effect of a bisphosphonate pretreatment on the enhancement of osseous incorporation and chondrocyte viability of fresh osteochondral allografts
Paul T. Fortin, MD; Kevin Baker, MS
 
2011
Proprioception and neuromuscular control following ankle instability surgery
Gregory Gutierrez, PhD; Kenneth J. Mroczek, MD
 
2011
Early vs delayed weight-bearing after microfracture for osteochondral lesions of the talus
Kevin L. Kirk, DO; James R. Ficke, MD
 
2011
Biomechanical factors impacting foot function and muscle performance following gastrocnemius recession
Deborah Nawoczenski, PhD, PT; Benedict F. DiGiovanni, MD
 
2010
Metabolic profiling and cytokine analysis of synovial fluid in healthy and end-stage post-traumatic ankle joints
Samuel B. Adams, MD; Lew C. Schon, MD
 
2010
Gastrocnemius recession versus Achilles tendon debridement with flexor hallucis longus transfer for chronic noninsertional Achilles tendinopathy: A prospective randomized controlled trial
John G. Anderson, MD; Donald R. Bohay, MD
 
2010
Three-dimensional non-invasive kenematic analysis of the transverse tarsal joint and determination of the role of the plantar fascia on the transverse tarsal locking mechanism
Brad Blankenhorn, MD; Christopher W. DiGiovanni, MD
 
2010
In-vivo comparison of plantar pressures in pes rectus, pes planus, and the adult acquired flatfoot using supine, vertical posture, and gait measurements
Scott J. Ellis, MD; Howard Hillstrom, PhD
 
2010
Investigation into genome-wide differential expression between diabetic and non-diabetic patients in healing of ankle fractures
Lorenzo Gamez, MD; Brian Silvia, MD
 
2009
Plantar pressure analysis in forefoot after different amount of lateral column lengthening: A biomechanical study
Jonathan T. Deland, MD; Irvin Oh, MD
 
2009
The biomechanics of cartilage damage and repair at the ankle joint
John G. Kennedy, MD; Carl W. Imhauser, PhD; Padhraig F. O’Loughlin, MD
 
2009
Ankle joint pressure in pes cavus after common hindfoot osteotomies
Fabian Krause, MD; Karsten Schwieger, PhD
 
2009
Effectiveness of Morton’s extension carbon foot plate in the non-operative treatment of hallux rigidus
Amar Patel, MD; Judith F. Baumhauer, MD; Deborah Nawoczenski, PhD, PT
 
2008
A biomechanical analysis of a tensioned suture device in the fixation of a ligamentous Lisfranc injury
Timothy C. Beals, MD; Chris Pelt, MD
 
2008
Early surgical treatment of displaced intra-articular calcaneus fractures through a combined medial and lateral approach
Wayne S. Berberian, MD; Frank Liporace, MD
 
2008
Can human bone marrow-derived stem cells differentiate into tendon-forming cells?
Nicholas Forsyth, PhD; Nicola Maffulli, MD
 
2008
Lower extremity kinetics and kinematics during stair climbing
in patients with ankle osteoarthritis
Tricia Hubbard, PhD, ATC; Robert B. Anderson, MD
 
2008
Stiffness and histology analysis of the ankle joint cartilage
Victor Valderrabano, MD, PhD; Olaf Buettner, MD
 
2007
Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (COFAS) multi-centered randomized case controlled trial on clinical and radiographic outcome of total ankle arthroplasty vs. ankle ankle arthrodesis
Mark A. Glazebrook, MD; Timothy R. Daniels, MD; Alastair Younger, MD
 
2007
The intraosseous innervation of the talar dome: A histologic study
Sandra E. Klein, MD; John V. Marymont, MD; Francis H. Gannon, MD; Kevin E. Varner, MD
 
2007
Load Transfer in Transtibial Amputation with Distal Tibio-Fibular Bond Bridging
Michael S. Pinzur, MD; Avinash Patwardhan, PhD
 
2007
Enhancing conservative management of patients with midfoot arthritis
Smita Rao, PhD, PT; Benedict F. DiGiovanni, MD; Deborah Nawoczenski, PhD, PT
 
2007
Development of a method to quantify subtalar joint instability
Stacie Ringleb, PhD; Claude D. Anderson, MD; Marlene DeMaio, MD
 
2007
Quantitative and qualitative description: Effects of bone marrow derived growth factors and cytokines on autogenous mesenchymal stem cells of various aspiration sites
Lew C. Schon, MD; Su-Young Bae, MD, PhD; Stuart D. Miller, MD
 
2006
The effect of continuous irrigation during burring on thermal necrosis and fusion strength in rabbit arthrodesis model
Steven L. Haddad, MD; Cary Templin, MD
 
2006
Effect of Bracing and strengthening exercise on foot kinematics and functionin subjects with stage II PTTD
Jeffrey Houck, PhD, PT; Judith F. Baumhauer, MD
 
2006
Second and third MT stress fracture: gender, kinematics, kinetics and plantar plate difference as they relate to stress fracture
Robin Queen, PhD; James A. Nunley, MD
 
2006
Inflammatory cytokines expression in degenerative tendonosisquantitative description and relation to whole tendon mechanical stimuli
Lew C. Schon, MD; Gregory P. Guyton, MD
 
2005
The effect of medial calcaneal osteotomy and lateral column lengthening on forefoot pressures
Robert S. Adelaar, MD; Aaron T. Scott, MD; Travis M. Hendry, MD; Jennifer Wayne, PhD
 
2005
Biomechanical and Anatomic Analysis of Minimally Invasive Deltoid Ligament Reconstruction
Eric M. Bluman, MD, PhD; Mark S. Myerson, MD
 
2005
Hindfoot motion after reconstruction for posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
James W. Brodsky, MD; Fabian E. Pollo, PhD
 
2005
Ankle arthrodesis vs. Ankle arthoroplasty for End Stage ankle arthritis: a prospective functional comparison
Timothy R. Daniels, MD
 
2005
A randomized controlled trial of 1st MTP joint fusion compared to 1st MTP hemiarthroplasty in severe hallux rigidus
Johnny T.C. Lau, MD; Timothy R. Daniels, MD
 
2005
Evaluation of the effect of preoperative varus and valgus knee alignment on postoperative foot and ankle alignment, function, and outcome after total knee replacement
Simon Lee, MD; George B. Holmes, Jr, MD; Johnny L. Lin, MD
 
2005
Prospective randomized clinical pilot study to evaluate the effects of the medial distal locking plate for high energy intra-articular fracture of distal tibia
David J.G. Stephen, MD; Wade Gofton, MD
 
2004
Strength of the Achilles Insertion Site After Partial Retrocalcaneal Exostectomy: A Biomechanical Study
Thomas O. Clanton, MD; Jeremy Britten, MD
 
2004
The impact of Interleukin 17 on the Production of Nitric Oxide and Prostaglandin E2 in Normal and Osteoarthritic Human Ankle and Knee Cartilage
James A. Nunley, MD; Farshid Guilak, PhD
 
2004
The Effect of Walking Speed on Forefoot Motion and Loading in Patients with Ankle Arthordesis or Arthoplasty
Charles L. Saltzman, MD; Jason M. Wilken, PhD, MPT
 
2004
Augmentation of Achilles Tendon Healing Using Gene Therapy with BMP 14 in a Rat Model
Brian C. Toolan, MD; Rebecca A. Cerrato, MD; Rex Haydon, MD, PhD
 
2003
The effect of intra-articular fractures on fractures on cartilage in humans
Michael E. Brage, MD; Scott T. Ball, MD; David Amiel, PhD
 
2003
The additional stability achieved by adding the inferior extensor retinaculum tissue to the brostrom lateral ankle ligament reconstruction
Andrew J. Elliott, MD; James C. Otis, PhD
 
2003
Investigation of midtarsal locking
William Ledoux, PhD; Bruce J. Sangeorzan, MD
 
2003
Design and implementation of a prospective foot and ankle outcomes database
Nelson Fong SooHoo, MD
 
2003
The role of the ankle articular surfaces in controlling joint motion
Yuki Tochigi, MD, PhD; Charles L. Saltzman, MD; J. James Rudert, PhD; Thomas D. Brown, PhD
 
2002
MRI Evaluation of First Metatarsophalangeal Joint Kinematics
Judith F. Baumhauer, MD
 
2002
Reliability and Validity of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Clinical Rating Scale
Judith F. Baumhauer, MD
 
2002
Experimental Overuse Achilles Tendinopathy: Establishment and Histological Validation of a Rat Tendonosis Model with Characterization of Molecular Cross Linking, Collagen Types I and III, Biomechanical Properties and Effect of Mechanical Stress
Mark A. Glazebrook, MD
 
2002
The Effect of Foot Orthoses on Posterior Tibialis, Tibialis Anterior, and Peroneus Longus Muscle Electromyographic Activity During Walking and Running
Michael P. Schaefer, MD
 
2001
The Effect of Variation in Rocker Sole Design on Gait Characteristics and Planter Pressures with Walking in a Total Contact Cast
Jeffrey E. Johnson, MD
 
2001
Ankle Joint Stability: Ligamentous and Articular Constraints
Kenton R. Kaufman, PhD; Kota Watanabe, MD; Harold B. Kitaoka, MD
 
2001
The Effect of Achilles Tendon Stretching on Weightbearing
David S. Levine, MD; James C. Otis, PhD
  
2001
Identification of Potential Donor Rotational Bone Grafts using Vascular Territories in the Foot and Ankle
James A. Nunley, MD
 
2001
Kinematic Analysis of the Normal and Flatfoot Deformity
Rita M. Patterson, PhD
 
2000
Tendon Transfer Fixation in the Foot and Ankle: Biomechanical Comparison of Traditional Fixation Versus Bioabsorbable Screw Fixation
Thomas O. Clanton, MD
 
2000
Gastrocnemius Recession For The Correction Of Equinus Deformity in the Adult
Steven D. Steinlauf, MD
 
2000
Normal Human Talonavicular Joint Kinematics in Gait
Anthony D. Watson, MD
 
1999
Clinical Pathophysiology of Plantar Fasciitis
Nicholas A. Abidi, MD; Rocky S. Tuan, PhD
 
1999
Comparative Biomechanical Analysis of Fusion Techniques for Tibiotalocalcaneal Arthrodesis
Jorge I. Acevedo, MD; Lew C. Schon, MD
 
1999
Comparison of Plantar Pressure Changes and Foot Ulcer Healing Times in DM Patients Wearing TCC and Pneumatic Walking Brace
Sheldon S. Lin, MD; Gregory H. Sirounian, MD
 
1999
Botulinum Toxin Injections for Prevention of Contracture in Augmentation of Tendon Repair
Eyal A. Melamed, MD; Mark S. Myerson, MD
 
1998
Delayed Fracture Healing in Diabetes Mellitus BB Wistar Rats: Model and Potential Txt
Sheldon S. Lin, MD; J. Russell Parsons, PhD
 
1998
Achilles Tendon Lengthening for Reduction of Forefoot Ulceration in the Diabetic Patient
Neil Sharkey, PhD; Paul J. Juliano, MD; Peter R. Cavanagh, PhD
 
1998
Biomechanical Evaluation of Suture Anchor Strength for Reattachment of Achilles Insertion
Thom A. Tarquinio, MD; Douglas E. Parsell, PhD
 
1997
The Effects of Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity on the Tibiotalar Joint Contact Characteristics
Michael E. Brage, MD; Louis F. Draganich, PhD
 
1997
Biomechanics of Lisfranc Joint
Lisa T. DeGnore, MD
 
1997
Biomechanical and Immunohistochemical Study of the MCL of the Big Toe MTP Joint
Zong-Ping Luo, PhD
 
1997
Review of Technique and Demonstration of Experimental Flatfoot Model
Bruce J. Sangeorzan, MD