Mark Cornwall, PT, PhD, CPed

Mark Cornwall Professor
Northern Arizona University
Physical Therapy, Flagstaff Campus
Phone: 928-523-1606
Fax: 928-523-9289
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Professional Interests

Dr. Cornwall is a Professor of Physical Therapy in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.  Dr. Cornwall teaches human anatomy, prosthetics and orthotics and patient examination.  His research activities have focused primarily on the foot with particular emphasis on the kinematics of the normal foot during walking and the management of overuse injuries of the foot and ankle.  He has taught and given scientific presentations throughout the United States, The Netherlands, Germany, Australia, and Great Britain.  Dr. Cornwall is a Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Assoiation.

Education and Certifications

  • BS in Physical Therapy, University of Maryland at Baltimore, 1977
  • MS in Medial Allied Health Professions, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1981
  • PhD in Human Perormance, Indiana University, 1986

Teaching area/ Courses Taught

  • PT525-Clinical Anatomy I
  • PT510-Foundations of Physical Therapy Examination
  • PT680-Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy
  • PT657-Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • PT720-Topics in Musculoskeletal Therapeutics: Managing Overuse Injuries of the Foot and Ankle

Recent Publications/ Professional Presentations

  • Woodburn J, Cornwall MW, Soames RW, Helliwell PS. Selectively attenuating soft tissues close to sites of inflammation in the peritalar region of patients with rheumatoid arthritis leads to development of pes planovalgus. J Rheumatol. 2005;32(2):268–274.
  • McPoil TG, Cornwall MW. Use of the longitudinal arch angle to predict dynamic foot posture in walking. J Am Pod Med Assoc. 2005;95(2):114–120.
  • Youberg LD, Cornwall MW, McPoil TG, Fishco WD. The amount of rearfoot motion used during the stance phase of walking. J Am Pod Med Assoc. 2005;95(4):376–382.
  • McPoil TG, Cornwall MW. Plantar tactile sensory thresholds in healthy men and women. The Foot. 2006;16(192):192–197. Available at:
  • Cornwall MW, McPoil TG, Fishco WD, O'Donnell D, Hunt L, Lane CR. The influence of first ray mobility on forefoot plantar pressure and hindfoot kinematics during walking. Foot and Ankle. 2006;27(7):539–547.
  • McPoil TG, Cornwall MW. Use of plantar contact area to predict medial longitudinal arch height during walking. J Am Pod Med Assoc. 2006;96(6):489–494.
  • Cornwall MW, McPoil TG. Inter-relationship between rearfoot and midfoot frontal plane motion during walking. The Foot. 2007;17(126):126–131.
  • McPoil TG, Cornwall MW. Prediction of dynamic foot posture during running using the longitudinal arch angle. J Am Pod Med Assoc. 2007;97(2):102–107.
  • Meier K, McPoil TG, Cornwall MW, Lyle T. Use of antipronation taping to determine foot orthoses prescription: a case series. Research in sports medicine. 2008;16(257):257–271. doi:10.1080/15438620802310842.
  • Cornwall MW, McPoil TG, Lebec M, Vicenzino B, Wilson J. Reliability of the modified Foot Posture Index. J Am Pod Med Assoc. 2008;98(1):7–13.
  • McPoil TG, Cornwall MW, Vicenzino B, et al. Effect of using truncated versus total foot length to calculate the arch height ratio. The Foot. 2008;18(220):220–227. doi:10.1016/j.foot.2008.06.002.
  • McPoil TG, Cornwall MW, Medoff L, Vicenzino B, Fosberg KK, Hilz D. Arch height change during sit-to-stand: an alternative for the navicular drop test. J Foot Ankle Res. 2009;2:17. doi:10.1186/1757-1146-2-17.
  • McPoil TG, Vicenzino B, Cornwall MW, Collins N. Can foot anthropometric measurements predict dynamic plantar surface contact area? J Foot Ankle Res. 2009;2:28. doi:10.1186/1757-1146-2-28.
  • McPoil TG, Vicenzino B, Cornwall MW, Collins NJ, Warren M. Reliability and normative values for the foot mobility magnitude: a composite measure of vertical and medial-lateral mobility of the midfoot. J Foot Ankle Res. 2009;2(6):1–12. doi:10.1186/1757-1146-2-6.
  • Cornwall MW, McPoil TG. Classification of frontal plane rearfoot motion patterns during the stance phase of walking. J Am Pod Med Assoc. 2009;99(5):399–405.
  • Stratton M, McPoil TG, Cornwall MW, Patrick K. Use of low-frequency electrical stimulation for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. J Am Pod Med Assoc. 2009;99(6):481–488.
  • Cornwall MW, McPoil TG. Relationship between static foot posture and foot mobility. J Foot Ankle Res. 2011;4(4):1–9. doi:10.1186/1757-1146-4-4.
  • McPoil TG, Vicenzino B, Cornwall MW. Effect of foot orthoses contour on pain perception in individuals with patellofemoral pain. J Am Pod Med Assoc. 2011;101(1):7–16.
  • McPoil TG, Warren M, Vicenzino B, Cornwall MW. Variations in foot posture and mobility between individuals with patellofemoral pain and those in a control group. J Am Pod Med Assoc. 2011;101(4):289–296.
  • McPoil TG, Cornwall MW, Abeler MG, et al. The Optimal Method to Assess the Vertical Mobility of the Midfoot: Navicular Drop versus Dorsal Arch Height Difference? Clin Res Foot Ankle. 2013;1:104. doi:10.4172/crfa.1000104.
  • Verheijde JL, White F, Tompkins J, et al. Reliability, Validity, and Sensitivity to Change of the Lower Extremity Functional Scale in Individuals Affected by Stroke. PM&R. 2013. doi:10.1016/j.pmrj.2013.07.001.
  • Cornwall MW, Lebec M, DeGeyter J, McPoil TG. The reliability of the modified reverse-6 taping procedure with elastic tape to alter the height and width of the medial longitudinal arch. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2013;8(4):381.
  • Cornwall MW, Nyre E, Harris JH. Imaging Handbook for Physical Therapists. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health; 2014.