Professor Hylton B

Professor Hylton B Menz

NHMRC Senior Research Fellow

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Allied Health

Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport

Health Sciences 3, Level 2, Room 215, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre


BPod(Hons) La Trobe, PhD UNSW, DSc UNSW


Research fellow

Membership of professional associations

Australasian Podiatry Council, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Area of study

Ageing and aged care

Brief profile

Professor Hylton Menz is a podiatrist who graduated with first class Honours and the University Medal from La Trobe University in 1993, and completed his PhD focusing on gait patterns, balance and falls at the University of NSW in 2002. He is currently a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Fellow. Professor Menz’s broad research disciplines are human movement, rehabilitation and rheumatology, with a particular focus on musculoskeletal foot problems in older people. His research extends from laboratory-based biomechanical studies through to analysis of epidemiological datasets and the conduct of clinical trials.

Professor Menz has published over 200 papers in podiatry, gerontology, rheumatology and biomechanics journals, and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. He has won several awards for his research, including the Young Tall Poppy Award by the Australian Institute for Policy and Science, the La Trobe University Excellence in Research Award, first prize in the British Medical Association Book Awards for his textbook Foot Problems in Older People: Assessment and Management, and a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to Harvard University. Professor Menz’s current research focuses on the epidemiology and management of foot disorders in older people, with a particular emphasis on osteoarthritis.

Research interests

Foot Disorders

- Biomechanics of the ageing foot and ankle

- Epidemiology of foot disorders in older people

- Optimising footwear and orthoses for older people

- The contribution of obesity to foot pain

Gait and balance

- Falls prevention in older people

- The effect of foot posture on lower limb biomechanics

Recent publications


Menz HB. Foot Problems in Older People: Assessment and Management. Churchill Livingstone / Elsevier, 2008. (link) *First prize, Health Care in the Elderly category, British Medical Association Book Awards, 2009.

Lord SR, Sherrington C, Menz HB, Close JCT. Falls in Older People: Risk Factors and Strategies for Prevention. (2nd ed.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. *Winner of the Australasian Journal on Ageing Book Award, 2008.

Lord SR, Sherrington C, Menz HB. Falls in Older People: Risk Factors and Strategies for Prevention. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. ISBN: 0-521-58964-9.

Book chapters

Menz HB. Foot care. In: Carmody S, Forster S (eds). Aged Care Nursing: A Guide to Practice. Melbourne: AusMed Publications, 2003. ISBN: 0-9579876-4-1. p. 51-61.

Menz HB. Common foot problems that can impair performance of regular physical activity and exercise in older people: prevention and treatment. In: Morris M and Schoo A (eds). Optimizing Exercise and Physical Activity in Older People. Edinburgh: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2004. ISBN: 0-7506-5479-1. p. 229-246.

Lord SR, Menz HB, Sherrington C. Falls in older people. In: Geusens P, Sambrook PN, Lindsay R (eds). Osteoporosis in Clinical Practice - A Practical Guide for Diagnosis and Treatment (2nd ed.). Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2004. ISBN: 1-85233-757-5. p. 93-100.

Menz HB, Lord SR. Optimizing gait in older people with foot and ankle disorders. In: Alexander NB, Hausdorff JM (eds). Gait Disorders: Evaluation and Management. Boca Raton: Marcel Dekker Publishing, 2005. ISBN: 0-82472-393-7. p. 377-396.  

Lord SR, Sherrington C, Menz HB. Ageing and falls. In: Haslam R, Stubbs D (eds). Understanding and Preventing Falls. London: Taylor and Francis, 2005. ISBN: 0-41525-636-4. p. 89-114.

Menz HB. Foot problems in older people. In: Markides SK (ed). Encyclopedia of Health and Aging. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2007. ISBN: 13-978-1-4129-0949-5. p. 224-227.

Morris ME, Huxham F, Menz HB, Dobson F, Piriyaprasarth P, Fok, P, Iansek R, Miller K. Optimizing Movement and Preventing Falls in Parkinson’s Disease: Strategies for Patients and Care-Givers. In: Trail M, Protas E, Lai E. Neurorehabilitation in Parkinson’s disease: An Evidence-Based Treatment Model. Slack, Inc., 2008. ISBN: 10 1-55642-771-9. p.177-186.

Menz HB. Assessment of the older person. In: Yates B (ed). Merriman’s Assessment of the Lower Limb. (3rd ed.). London: Churchill Livingstone / Elsevier, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-08-045107-7. p 441-466.

Papers in refereed journals

For a complete list, follow this link to PubMed.

Research projects

  • NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (2012-2017)
  • Footwear for osteoarthritis of the big toe joint (NHMRC Project 1049085)
  • Randomised trial of a multifaceted podiatry intervention for fall prevention (Health Technology Assessment UK)
  • A podiatry intervention to reduce falls in care home residents: development, feasibility and acceptability study with exploratory randomised controlled trial (Scotland Chief Scientist Office)
  • Evaluation of prototype footwear for optimising balance in older people (La Trobe University Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation)
  • Foot orthoses for the prevention of lower limb overuse injury in Australian Defence Force personnel: A randomized controlled trial (La Trobe University Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation)
  • Acute patellar tendon transverse strain following isometric and eccentric loading: implications for rehabilitation (La Trobe University Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation)
  • Optimising interventions for chronic plantar heel pain: a randomised controlled trial​ (La Trobe University Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation)
  • Optimising foot orthosis prescription for the prevention and treatment of lower limb injuries (La Trobe University Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation)
  • A multi-faceted podiatry intervention for the management of foot osteoarthritis: a pilot randomised controlled trial (Arthritis Australia)
  • The Keele Clinical Assessment Study of the Foot (Arthritis Research UK)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of first metatarsophalangeal osteoarthritis (LEGS Program)