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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Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.

Professional Interests:

Dr. Cornwall has over 35 years of clinical and academic experience primarily in the areas of adult musculoskeletal disorders.  Current teaching responsibilities include: anatomy, patient examination, and prosthetics and orthotics. Clinical expertise is focused upon the assessment and treatment of foot related conditions.  Current research interests include the normal and abnormal motion of the foot and ankle during walking as well as the development of reliable and valid methods of assessing foot function.  Dr. Cornwall has published over 90 research articles or book chapters dealing with the function, evaluation, or treatment of the foot and ankle.  In addition, he has lectured or presented his research throughout the United States, in Canada, Netherlands, Germany, and Great Britain. 


  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1986.  Doctor of Phhilosophy, Human Performance.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 1981.  Master of Science, Medical Allied Health Professions.
  • University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 1977.  Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy

Recent Publications:

1.      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, 101:289–296.

2.      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, 101:7–16.

3.      Cornwall MW, McPoil TG: Relationship between static foot posture and foot mobility. J Foot Ankle Res 2011, 4:1–9.

4.      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, 99:481–488.

5.      Cornwall MW, McPoil TG: Classification of frontal plane rearfoot motion patterns during the stance phase of walking. J Am Pod Med Assoc 2009, 99:399–405.

6.      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.

7.      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.

8.      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, 2:1–12.

9.      McPoil TG, Cornwall MW, Vicenzino B, Teyhen DS, Molloy JM, Christie DS, Collins NJ: Effect of using truncated versus total foot length to calculate the arch height ratio. The Foot 2008, 18:220–227.

10.     Cornwall MW, McPoil TG, Lebec M, Vicenzino B, Wilson J: Reliability of the modified Foot Posture Index. J Am Pod Med Assoc 2008, 98:7–13.

11.     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, 16:257–271.

12.     McPoil TG, Cornwall MW: Prediction of dynamic foot posture during running using the longitudinal arch angle. J Am Pod Med Assoc 2007, 97:102–107.

13.     Cornwall MW, McPoil TG: Inter-relationship between rearfoot and midfoot frontal plane motion during walking. The Foot 2007, 17:126–131.

14.     McPoil TG, Cornwall MW: Use of plantar contact area to predict medial longitudinal arch height during walking. J Am Pod Med Assoc 2006, 96:489–494.

15.     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 International 2006, 27:539–547.

16.     McPoil TG, Cornwall MW: Plantar tactile sensory thresholds in healthy men and women. The Foot 2006, 16:192–197.

17.     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, 95:376–382.

18.     McPoil TG, Cornwall MW: Use of the longitudinal arch angle to predict dynamic foot posture in walking. J Am Pod Med Assoc 2005, 95:114–120.

19.     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, 32:268–274.