About Professor Joshua Burns

Professor Burns focuses on the musculoskeletal consequences of nerve, muscle and brain disorders. He leads therapeutic research into the care of children and adults with neuromuscular disorders (e.g. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy), congenital deformities (e.g. clubfoot, pes cavus), brain injury (e.g. Cerebral Palsy), diabetes (e.g. lower limb amputation prevention), joint disease (e.g. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis) and pain (e.g. heel pain, muscle cramp, ankle sprains), as well as understanding normal human variation (e.g. 1000 Norms Project).

Selected publications

  1. Sman AD. Raymond J. Refshauge KM. Menezes MP. Walker T. Ouvrier RA. Burns J. Randomised controlled trial protocol of foot and ankle exercise for children with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Journal of Physiotherapy 60(1), 55, 2014.
  2. Foley AR. Menezes MP. Pandraud A. Gonzalez MA. Al-Odaib A. Abrams AJ. Sugano K. Yonezawa A. Manzur AY. Burns J. Hughes I. McCullagh BG. Jungbluth H. Lim MJ. Lin JP. Megarbane A. Urtizberea JA. Shah AH. Antony J. Webster R. Broomfield A. Ng J. Mathew AA. O'Byrne JJ. Forman E. Scoto M. Prasad M. O'Brien K. Olpin S. Oppenheim M. Hargreaves I. Land JM. Wang MX. Carpenter K. Horvath R. Straub V. Lek M. Gold W. Farrell MO. Brandner S. Phadke R. Matsubara K. McGarvey ML. Scherer SS. Baxter PS. King MD. Clayton P. Rahman S. Reilly MM. Ouvrier RA. Christodoulou J. Züchner S. Muntoni F. Houlden H. Treatable childhood neuronopathy caused by mutations in riboflavin transporter RFVT2. Brain 137(Pt 1):44-56, 2014.
  3. Mandarakas M, Hiller CE, Rose KJ, Burns J. Measuring Ankle Instability in Pediatric Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Journal of Child Neurology 28(11) 1456-1462, 2013.
  4. Hawke F, Chuter V, Burns J. Impact of nocturnal calf cramping on quality of sleep and health-related quality of life. Quality of Life Research. 22:1281-1286, 2013.
  5. Burns J. Ouvrier R. Estilow T. Shy R. Laurá M. Pallant J. Lek M. Muntoni F. Reilly M. Pareyson D. Acsadi G. Shy M. Finkel R. Validation of the CMT Pediatric Scale as an outcome measure of disability. Annals of Neurology 71(5), 642-652, 2012.
  6. Najafi B. Barnica E. Wrobel JS. Burns J. Dynamic Plantar Loading Index: Understanding the benefit of Custom Foot Orthoses for Painful Pes Cavus. Journal of Biomechanics 45(9), 1705-1711, 2012.
  7. Gray K, Pacey V, Gibbons P, Little D, Frost C, Burns J. Interventions for congenital talipes equinovarus (clubfoot). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD008602. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008602.pub2.
  8. Blyton F. Ryan MM, Ouvrier RA. Burns J. Muscle cramp in paediatric Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A: prevalence and predictors. Neurology 77:2115-2118, 2011.
  9. Bray P, Bundy AC, Ryan, MM, North KN, Burns J. Health status of boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy: A parent's perspective. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 47(8):557-62, 2011.
  10. Burns J. Begg L. Optimizing the offloading properties of the total contact cast for plantar foot ulceration. Diabetic Medicine 28 (2), 179-185, 2011.
  11. Burns J, Ramchandren S, Ryan MM, Shy M, Ouvrier RA. Determinants of reduced health-related quality of life in pediatric inherited neuropathies. Neurology 75(8):726-31, 2010.
  12. Rose KJ. Raymond J. Refshauge K. North KN. Burns J. Serial night casting increases ankle dorsiflexion range of motion in children and young adults with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease: a single-blind, randomised controlled trial. Journal of Physiotherapy 56 (2), 113-119, 2010.
  13. Burns J. Ouvrier RA. Yiu EM. Joseph PD. Kornberg AJ. Fahey MC. Ryan MM. Ascorbic acid for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A in children: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, safety and efficacy trial. Lancet Neurology. 8 (6) 537-544, 2009.
  14. Burns J. Ryan MM. Ouvrier RA. Evolution of foot and ankle manifestations in children with CMT1A. Muscle & Nerve 39(2) 158-66, 2009.
  15. Wegener C. Burns J. Penkala S. Effect of neutral-cushioned running shoes on plantar pressure loading and comfort in athletes with cavus feet: A crossover randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 36(11):2139-2146, 2008.
  16. Crosbie J. Burns J. Are in-shoe pressure characteristics in symptomatic idiopathic pes cavus related to the location of foot pain? Gait & Posture. 27(1):16-22, 2008.
  17. Hennessy K. Burns J. Penkala S. Reducing plantar pressure in rheumatoid arthritis: a comparison of running versus off-the-shelf orthopaedic footwear. Clinical Biomechanics. 22(8):917-23, 2007.
  18. Burns J. Crosbie J. Ouvrier R. Hunt A. Effective orthotic therapy for the painful cavus foot: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association 96(3):205-11, 2006.
  19. Burns J. Crosbie J. Hunt A. Ouvrier R. Novel Award: The effect of pes cavus on foot pain and plantar pressure. Clinical Biomechanics 20(9):877-82, 2005.
  20. Burns J. Keenan AM. Redmond AC. Factors associated with triathlon-related overuse injuries. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 33(4):177-84, 2003.