What is the future like for Podiatry?

A career in podiatry is one thing that those thinking about their future may like to consider. Podiatry is that occupation which is concerned with the prevention and treatment of problems of the foot and related structures. Podiatric doctors use a range of different medical, physical, pharmacological, biomechanical and surgical interventions to manage virtually anything which may and does go wrong with the foot. The training to be a podiatrist is different from country to country with the degree being a 4 yr undergraduate degree for most countries with post-graduate courses in areas of interest. In the USA it is a 4 yr post-graduate education followed with a 3 year residency. The range of practice and the period of time of training does vary a great deal globally. A simple look online will turn up the details necessary for learning in every country.

The future for podiatry is probably pretty good because of the aging populace as well as the diabetes crisis being driven by the obesity emergency. Those in the older age groups have a much higher prevalence of foot conditions, so as the populace ages, so too will the demand for podiatrists. It is the same with the obesity crisis which is resulting in the greatly increased incidence of diabetes. Those with diabetes are at a significantly increased risk for problems of the feet and even amputation, so in these people good foot care and podiatry management is crucial to prevent and treat these issues.

Podiatrists also work in lots of other distinct specialities such as sports medicine and paediatrics. Here they use various treatment strategies to avoid and treat conditions of the feet and leg in sportsman and children. Their function is invaluable in these populations. In rheumatology settings they will be working with other health care professionals to take care of all of the problems which happen in the feet of those with the various joint disease type problems.