About

Sarah O’Connell

Momentum Foot & Ankle Specialists

Momentum Foot & Ankle Specialists is a new clinic located in Oranmore, Co Galway. Launched in January 2021, Momentum aims to manage all your foot and ankle needs resolving pain and improving quality of life.

Momentum Foot & Ankle Specialists was founded by Sarah O’Connell. Sarah is a graduate of NUI Galway and also completed a MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine at the University of Ulster in 2020. With a combination of professional qualifications and practical clinic experience for over five years, Sarah provides patients with a unique approach from routine podiatry/chiropody to biomechanics and orthotic therapy with a particular interest in sports injury rehabilitation.

Sarah regularly delivers educational content at universities across the UK and Ireland and lectures full-time in the University of Ireland Galway in Podiatric Medicine. She is also a brand ambassador for Firefly Orthoses Ltd producing education and training materials while also presenting at workshops. Through working for an orthotic lab, Sarah also has specialist knowledge in product design, material choice and pathology specific modifications and additions.

Sarah is an avid sports enthusiast and currently plays Gaelic football and rugby! You will see her often in Renville Park as she feels it is the perfect amount of forest and sea! Sarah was involved in the development of a podiatry program in Tanzania, “Feet First”. This programme was organised through The Olive Branch for Children organisation and aimed to educate rural Tanzanian communities on the importance of foot health. She is still on the committee for the Irish Branch of this organisation! She believes everyone can be an athlete and enjoys being part of your journey, whatever the goal!

Sarah’s new venture Momentum Foot & Ankle Specialists aims to manage all your foot and ankle needs resolving pain and improving quality of life! We understand the importance of staying mobile for both your physical and mental health. Our passion is to help you get your momentum back!



Marie Hegarty

Marie is a Podiatrist from Ballina, Co. Mayo. She graduated with a degree in Podiatric Medicine from NUIG in 2016 and since then she has helped people overcome lower limb pathologies and foot pain. She loves getting people back to the activities they love. She has local and international experience working in both Ireland an Dubai.

Marie is passionate about all things movement and has also qualified as a Pilates Instructor. Marie’s classes provide online and in person pilates classes which provide you with the space to tune into your own body and explore the way you move. She combines her knowledge in Podiatry and Pilates in clinic to provide exercise prescription for lower limb pathologies. As well as this Marie provides routine podiatry services, biomechanical assessments, orthotic therapy and foot mobilisation.

In September 2021, Marie will be attending NUIG to complete a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion. She believes in patient empowerment and person centred care and hopes to use the knowledge that she gains from the Master’s in clinic.

Marie is happiest when outdoors, most particularly near the Sea. You will often find her out for a run or walk or taking a brave dip in the sea whatever the weather.

With every session Marie hopes to help you to understand your own body and foot pathology, in order to help you to continue the activities that you love.


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