Dr Matthew Peter

Dr Matthew Peter Cotchett

Lecturer in Podiatry

College of Science, Health and Engineering

La Trobe Rural Health School

Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport

CTB, Bendigo

Qualifications

B.Sc., B.Pod (Hons)., PhD

Role

Academic

Area of study

Podiatry

Brief profile

Matthew is a Lecturer and early career researcher in the La Trobe Rural Health School at La Trobe University. In addition, Matthew works as a Podiatrist in private practice with an interest in the assessment and management of exercise-induced musculoskeletal disorders

Matthew has a particular interest in the management of pain beneath the heel and completed a PhD which evaluated the effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for plantar heel pain. He regularly teaches dry needling courses to podiatrists across Victoria. Matthew’s research interest is in the psychosocial aspects of musculoskeletal pain, with a particular focus on cognitive, affective and behavioural factors as drivers of pain and disability. In addition, Matthew is leading a project to improve knowledge translation and treatment of people with plantar heel pain.

Matthew is currently supervising three Master of Applied Science (Research) students at La Trobe University with topics including research culture in allied health; frailty in older community dwelling persons; and the conservative management of osteoarthritis in the foot.

Awards

  • Chiropodists Registration Board of Victoria Prize (1999)
  • Brooks Prize for Podiatric Medicine (1999)
  • Equus Podiatric Award (1999)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2009-2012)
  • Vice Chancellor Teaching and Learning Quality Program award (2016)

Teaching units

  • POD4PPC Podiatric Practice
  • POD5PPD Podiatric Practice
  • POD4CBP Clinical Biomechanics in Podiatry
  • POD5MFP Musculoskeletal basis of foot and ankle pathology
  • POD5SPP Special Populations in Podiatry

Recent publications

Publications

  • Cotchett M, Lennecke A, Medica V, Whittaker G, Bonanno D. The association between pain catastrophising and kinesiophobia with pain and function in people with plantar heel pain. Foot. Accepted for publication March 2017.

  • Riel H, Cotchett M, Delahunt E, Rathleff MS, Vicenzino B, Weir A, Landorf KB. Is plantar heel pain a more appropriate term than plantar fasciitis. Br J Sports Med. Accepted for publication January 2017:http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2017-097519.

  • Borkowski D, Cotchett M, McKinstry C. Research culture in a regional allied health setting. Aust J Prim Health. Accepted for publication January 2017.

  • Cotchett M, Munteanu SE, Landorf KB. Depression, Anxiety, and Stress in People With and Without Plantar Heel Pain. Foot Ankl Internat 2016. DOI: 10.1177/1071100716646630

  • Borkowski D, McKinstry C, Cotchett M, Williams C, Haines T. Research culture in allied health: a systematic review. Aust J Prim Health. 2016 Jun 7. doi: 10.1071/PY15122. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Williams C, Miyazaki K, Borkowski D, McKinstry C, Cotchett M, Haines T. The research capacity and culture of the Victorian public health Allied health workforce is influenced by key research support staff and location. Aust Health Rev. 2015 Jun;39(3):303-11.
  • Cotchett MP, Erbas B, Whittaker G. Psychological associates of foot pain and foot function in people with plantar heel pain. Clin Rheumatol. 2015;34:957-964.
  • Cotchett MP, Landorf KB, Munteanu SE. Effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for plantar heel pain – a randomised controlled trial. Phys Ther 2014 94(8):1083-94
  • McMillan A, Landorf K, Gregg J, De Luca J, Cotchett M, Menz H. Hyperaemia in plantar fasciitis determined by power Doppler ultrasound: a case-control study. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013 Dec;43(12):875-80
  • Cotchett MP, Landorf KB, Munteanu SE. Effectiveness of dry needling and injections of myofascial trigger points associated with plantar heel pain: a systematic review. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2010, 3:18.
  • Cotchett MP, Landorf KB, Munteanu SE, Raspovic A. Consensus for dry needling for plantar heel pain (plantar fasciitis): a modified Delphi study. Acupuncture in Medicine 2011, 29:193-202. 
  • Cotchett MP, Landorf KB, Munteanu SE, Raspovic A. Effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for plantar heel pain: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. J Foot Ankle Res. 2011; 4: 5.
  • Levinger P, Murley GS, Barton CJ, Cotchett MP, McSweeney SR, Menz HB. A comparison of foot kinematics in people with normal and flat-arched feet using the Oxford Foot Model. Gait and Posture 2010,32: 519-523.

Book Chapters

  • Cotchett MP. (2016). Plantar heel pain. In Fernández-de-las-Peñas C, Cleland J, Dommerholt J. Manual Therapy for Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes of the Upper and Lower Quadrants: An Evidence and Clinical-Informed Approach (pp616-622). United Kingdom: Elsevier.

Conference presentations

  • Cotchett M, Landorf KB, Munteanu SE, Raspovic A. What is a protocol for dry needling for plantar heel pain? State Podiatry Conference Melbourne, Australia (19-20 March, 2010). Lecture delivered by Matthew Cotchett.
  • Cotchett M, Payne C. Sagittal plane knee kinematics in people with patellofemoral pain syndrome. State Podiatry Conference Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (2000). Lecture delivered by Matthew Cotchett.

 

Research projects

 

  • Pain-related fear and catastrophising in people with plantar heel pain
  • Research culture and capacity in a regional health setting
  • Depression, anxiety and stress in people with plantar heel pain
  • The prevalence of frailty in elderly non-instititionalised individuals
  • Improving knowledge translation and treatment of people with plantar heel pain: development of a user informed online resource