Podiatry, Glasgow Caledonian University
Tenure since 2017
Elastography and ultrasound of the Achilles tendon and plantar soft tissues in diabetes
This research will explore the causes of diabetic foot ulceration.
Diabetic foot disease can lead to deleterious consequences, with sequelae of complications often ensuing from a non-healing foot ulcer. Recent research suggests the disease process of diabetes can compromise the function of tendons and soft tissues, making the foot more vulnerable to injury from external mechanical stresses. However, it is not understood how and to what degree this interplay of internal and external risk factors act to result in ulcerations.
By utilising the imaging techniques of elastography and ultrasound, Khor’s study aims to understand the relationship between tissue properties and foot function in their combined contribution towards diabetic foot ulceration risk. Should unique differences in structural and functional properties be evident in people with a current or positive history of foot ulceration, those at greatest risk could potentially be identified and pre-emptive measures devised to prevent ulceration from occurring.
Khor graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2016 with a 1st class BSc (Hons) degree in Podiatry. During her studies, she received the class award for best overall student, best honours project and for excellent achievement in adverse circumstances. Her honours project received the highest mark awarded to an undergraduate podiatry student within the university, was presented at a multidisciplinary European endovascular conference in France and subsequently published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. Khor will return to her alma mater to work on her PhD under the supervision of Dr Ruth Barn, Professor Jim Woodburn and Dr Lisa Newcombe