A career in podiatry is something that those considering their future may want to consider. Podiatry is that profession which is focused on the prevention and management of ailments of the feet and connected structures. Podiatric doctors use a variety of different medical, physical, pharmacological, biomechanical and surgical interventions to take care of just about everything that can and does go wrong with the foot. The education to become podiatrist differs from country to country with the degree being a 4 yr undergraduate degree for most places with post-graduate education in areas of interest. In the USA it is a 4 yr post-graduate degree followed by a 3 year residency. The range of practice and the period of time of education does vary a great deal internationally. A fairly easy search online will turn up the information required for learning in each country.
The long run for podiatry is probably very good as a result of aging population and also the diabetes epidemic being driven by the obesity crisis. Those in the older age groups have a much higher incidence of foot problems, so as the populace ages, so too will the demand for podiatrists. It’s the same with the obesity crisis which is leading to the greatly increased prevalence of diabetes. Those with diabetes are at a significantly increased risk for conditions of the feet and also amputation, so in these people excellent foot care and podiatry management is necessary to prevent and treat these issues.
Podiatrists also work in lots of other distinct areas such as sports medicine and paediatrics. Here they will use various treatment modalities to prevent and treat disorders of the foot and leg in sportsman and children. Their part is important in these populations. In rheumatology settings they are going to be working with other health care professionals to deal with all the problems that happen in the feet of those with the various joint disease type conditions.