Name: Sally Kiernan
Where are you from?
I’ve recently moved over to Huddersfield from Galway, Ireland. I started a Master of Science in the Theory of Podiatric Surgery at the University of Huddersfield in September.
Well, there are a lot of reasons why I love podiatry. I think the main thing that I appreciate about it, if I had to put my finger on it, is that it’s so diverse. Once qualified, you can choose to specialise in many different areas, such as diabetes, wound care, dermatology, podo-paediatrics, rheumatology, biomechanics, sports podiatry, forensic podiatry or, like me, podiatric surgery. A lot of podiatrists do a mix or all of the above as the training we get at the undergraduate level covers all aspects of lower limb care. There are options to work in private practice or within the NHS too, which is definitely a bonus.
I chose Huddersfield for many reasons. Primarily because the head of the podiatric medicine discipline in Galway, where I did my undergrad, Mrs. Caroline McIntosh, was a former lecturer in the podiatric discipline here and highly recommended the university and the course. Secondly, I am an avid runner and hike enthusiast and as Huddersfield is quite close to beautiful places like Malham Cove, the Ogden Water Reserves, Whernside walks and all that the Bronte Country has to offer, it seemed like I would really enjoy my time here. And I am! And finally, as a huge football supporter, it’s great that I’m within driving distance of some of the big premier league teams – for whenever COVID-19 allows me to travel to the games.
What do you plan to write about for the Huddersfield Times?
I want to write information pieces about foot health or about medical conditions such as diabetes or rheumatology. Although, I am open to suggestions, if people would like to send them in!
Please keep an eye out for Sally’s health-related pieces and get in touch if you have a topic that you’d like Sally to discuss.