“I watched my mum’s remarkable rehabilitation with a neuro-physiotherapist and other specialists and realised I had to switch careers and do something in healthcare – to help others.”
Amy, 22 and from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, had already been accepted on an ecology course at another university but later declined the offer to pursue her new goal.
She applied to five universities to study physiotherapy but was rejected by them all: “This was a real setback but then a friend Richard Handford who happens to be our family podiatrist suggested I might like podiatry.
“I confess I had reservations about the idea, thinking that podiatry was all about verrucas, but Richard reassured me. I shadowed his clinic, looked at two other podiatry clinics and attended a College of Podiatry meeting.
“I soon realised podiatry had so much more scope and I learned about the real impact lower limbs have on daily functions.
“I was fascinated to learn more; especially regarding helping people improve their quality of life, like the physiotherapist had done with my mother.”