Professor Keith Rome

Keith Rome Pod

Professor in Podiatry

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7688


Physical Address:

90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote 0627, Auckland

Postal Address:

90 Akoranga Drive, AA Building, Northcote 0627, Auckland


PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), FPodM, SRCh

Memberships and Affiliations:

Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists UK
Podiatry NZ


I am currently Professor of Podiatry but also acting Director of Health & Research Rehabilitation Institute, AUT University. My research focuses on chronic foot disorders affecting pain, impairment and disability in rheumatic conditions and diabetes and incorporates studies of balance, fall risk factors, effects of rheumatic disease on gait and foot function, and the effects of chronic foot disorders and footwear. My research expertise extends from laboratory-based human movement studies, through to the conduct of clinical trials.

Teaching Areas:

Clinical Gait Analysis and Rheumatology

Research Areas:

Long term chronic foot conditions including rheumatic diseases and diabetes.

Research Summary:

Dr Keith Rome is a Professor of Podiatry at AUT University, New Zealand. With over 30 years of experience within the health care profession, his research focuses on long term chronic foot conditions. His research expertise is in translational research associated in musculoskeletal and rheumatological conditions and also in intervention trials associated with footwear in rheumatology and older adults.

Since 2009 he has been the Co-Director of the Health & Rehabilitation Research Institute in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences and is currently acting-Director. In 2008 Keith was awarded a fellowship from the Society of Podiatrists for his podiatric research.

Keith has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has been published in a number of prestigious journals in the fields of rheumatology, biomechanics and rehabilitation, including Rheumatology, Arthritis Care & Research, Clinical Biomechanics and Clinical Rehabilitation.

Since commencing his academic career in 1988, he has secured over $2.5 million in competitive research grants and scholarship funding, and has developed considerable experience in research student supervision across a range of professional disciplines, including podiatry, orthopaedics, sports science and physiotherapy. To date, he has supervised over 70 Honours students, 25 Masters, 4 MPhil and 5 PhD students to completion. He has examined over 15 MPhil, PHDs in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Keith has a strong national and growing international research reputation in the area of foot-related long term chronic conditions with collaborative links in Australia, the United Kingdom and America. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, Journal of Pain and Clinical Management and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

Current Research Projects:

1.      HRC NZ: Feasibility ($123,000): Rome K, Dalbeth N (Auckland University and ADHB), Vandal A, Gow P (CMDHB), McNair PJ. Clinical trial of footwear in chronic gout.
2.    HRC Clinical Fellowship: $315,000: (Menz HB: La Trobe University, Australia, Dalbeth N (Auckland University and ADHB), Gow P (CMDHB), Bassett S.: 2013-2016. Support of PhD. Foot and ankle characteristics associated with falls in established rheumatoid arthritis.
3.    Arthritis NZ: $15,000: (Menz HB: La Trobe University, Australia;, Dalbeth N (Auckland University and ADHB), Gow P (CMDHB), Bassett S.: 2013-2016. Support of PhD. Foot and ankle characteristics associated with falls in establish1.ed rheumatoid arthritis.
4.    Arthritis NZ $5,000 (Rome K, Brenton-Rule A, Carroll M, Dalbeth N, Bassett S, Corkhill M: Waitemata DHB): Evaluation of different footwear commonly worn by patients with established RA.
5.    NZ Wound Care Society: $5,000 (Rome K, Erickson K, Ng A, Sahid H, Gow P: CMDHB). Evaluating the foot and ankle characteristics with gout associated with foot ulceration.
6.    Podiatry NZ: $2,000 (Rome K, Ihaka B): The evaluation of anatomical and biomechanical parameters of the feet in Maori with diabetes: A feasibility study.
7.    Arthritis Research Campaign UK, $20,000: (Dixon J and Clark H: University of Teesside; Plant M: James Cook University Hospital, UK; Rome K): Clinical and cost effectiveness of foot orthoses in established rheumatoid arthritis.
8.    Australian Podiatry & Education Research Foundation $20,000: (Hendry G, University of Western Sydney, Australia, Rome K): Evaluation of foot bone quality in juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
9.    Arthritis UK: (Roddy E et al: Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK, Rome K). Prospective observational cohort study of Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL), chronic foot problems and their determinants in gout.
10.    Multiple Sclerosis Society UK, $100,000: (Dixon J: University of Teesside, UK, Hatton A: University of Queensland, Australia, McKeon P, University of Kentucky, USA , Rome K, Martin D: university of Teesside, UK) . The long-term effects of textured shoe insoles on balance, walking ability and function in people with MS.
11.    Multiple Sclerosis Australia [pending]: Hatton AL: University of Queensland, Brauer, S:  University of Queensland, Kerr G University of Queensland: , Rome K, Dixon J: University of Teesside, UK. Improving gait by way of plantar tactile stimulation: a randomized controlled trial of the effects of prolonged wear of textured shoe insoles in people with Multiple Sclerosis.
12.    NHMRC, Australia [pending]: (Menz HB, Landorf K, Muntaeau S: La Trobe University, Australia, Rome K). Understanding the role of heel pad mechanics, plantar fascia characteristics and calcaneal spurs in the management of chronic plantar heel pain in older people: a randomised trial.
13.    ASICS Podiatric Research Grant: $110,000: (Rome K). Evaluating long term podiatric conditions associated with footwear.
14.    ZIERA New Zealand: $66,000 (Rome K, McNair PJ). Developing a new shoe insert.


1.    Carroll M, Brenton-Rule A, Joyce W, Dalbeth N, Rome K. Assessment of foot and ankle muscle strength using hand held dynamometry in patients with established rheumatoid arthritis: case-control study. J Foot Ankle Res 2013; 6: 10.
2.    Rome K, Gow P, Erickson K, Ng A, Sahid H, Williams AE. Meeting the demands of a podiatry services for patients with arthritis. NZ Med J 2013; 126; 1-8.
3.    Hatton AL, Rome K, Dixon J, Martin D, McKeon P. Footwear interventions: effects on sensorimotor function. Journal of American Podiatric Medical Association (accepted).
4.    Stewart S, Ellis R, Health M, Rome K. Ultrasonic evaluation of the abductor hallucis muscle in hallux valgus: a cross-sectional observational study. BMC Musculoskeletal Dis 2013; 14:45. 
5.    Chandratre P, Mallen C, Richardson J, Rome K, Bailey J, Hider S, Mason J, Mayson Z, Muller S, Purcell C, Titley J, Wathall S, Zwierska I, Roddy E. Prospective observational cohort study of Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL), chronic foot problems and their determinants in gout: a research protocol. BMC Musculoskel Dis 2012, 13:219.
6.    Brenton-Rule A; Mattock J; Carroll M; Dalbeth N; Bassett S; Menz; HB, Rome K. Reliability of the TekScan MatScan(R) system for the measurement of postural stability in older people with rheumatoid arthritis. J Foot Ankle Res 2012; 5: 21.
7.    Ihaka B, Bayley A, Rome K. Foot problems in Māori with diabetes. NZ Med J 2012; 125: 1360: 1-9.
8.    Evans AE, McKenzie, A, Rome K. The efficacy of non-surgical interventions for paediatric flexible flat foot: a critical review. J Pediatr Orthop 2012; 32:830–834.
9.    Lewis GN, Heales L, Rice DA, Rome K, McNair PJ. Reliability of the conditioned pain modulation paradigm to assess endogenous inhibitory pain pathways. Pain Res Manag 2012; 17:98-102.
10.    Hatton AL, Dixon J, Rome K, Newton J, Martin D. Altering gait by way of stimulation of the plantar surface of the foot: the immediate effect of wearing textured insoles in older fallers.  J Foot Ankle Res 2012; 5: 11.
11.    Carroll M, Yau J, Rome K, Wing W. Measurement of tibial nerve excursion during ankle joint dorsiflexion in a weight-bearing position with ultrasound imaging. J Foot Ankle Res 2012; 5: 5.
12.    Rome K, Frecklington M, McNair PJ, Gow P, Dalbeth N. Foot pain, impairment and disability in patients with acute gout flares; a prospective observational study. Arthritis Care Res 2012; 64: 384-388.
13.    Evans M, Rome K, Peet L. The foot posture index, ankle lunge test, Beighton scale and the lower limb assessment score in healthy children: a reliability study. J Foot Ankle Res 2012; 5-1.
14.    Dixon J, Gamesby H, Robinson J, Hodgson D, Hatton AL, Warnett R, Rome K, Martin D. The effect of textured insoles on gait in people with multiple sclerosis: an exploratory study. Physiotherapy Res Int Oct 28. doi: 10.1002/pri.521.
15.    Rome K, Frecklington M, McNair PJ, Gow P, Dalbeth N. Footwear characteristics and factors influencing footwear choice in patients with gout. Arthritis Care Res 2011; 63: 1599-1604.
16.    Hatton AL, Dixon J, Martin D, Rome K. Standing on textured surfaces: immediate effects on standing balance in healthy older adults. Age Ageing 2011; 40: 363-66.
17.    Brenton-Rule A, Bassett S, Walsh A, Rome K. The evaluation of walking footwear on postural stability in healthy older adults: An exploratory study. Clin Biomech 2011; 26: 885-887.
18.    Rome K, Supervalli D, Sander S, Sanders A, McQueen FM, McNair P, Dalbeth N: Intra-tester reliability of manual testing of plantar pressure measurements in chronic gout. J Am Podiatr Med Ass 2011; 101: 424-429.
19.    Carroll M, Annabell ME, Rome K. Reliability of capturing foot parameters using digital scanning and the neutral suspension casting technique. J Foot Ankle Res 2011, 4:9
20.    Evans AM, Rome K. A review of the evidence for non-surgical interventions for flexible pediatric flat feet. Eur J Phys Rehab Med. 2011; 47: 69-89.
21.    Rome K, Supervalli D, Sander S, Sanders A, McQueen FM, McNair P, Dalbeth N. Functional and biomechanical characteristics of foot disease in chronic gout: a case-control study. Clin Biomech 2011; 26: 90–94.
22.    Dalbeth N, Doyle A, Boyer L, Rome K, Survepalli D, Sanders A, Sheehan T, Lobo M, Gamble G, McQueen FM. Development of a computed tomography (CT) method of scoring bone erosion in the foot and ankle of patients with gout: validation and clinical implications. Rheumatology 2011; 50: 410-416.


Research Excellence Award in 2012

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