What is the future like for the podiatry profession?

A career in podiatry is one thing that those thinking about their future may want to consider. Podiatry is that health profession which is concerned with the prevention and management of problems of the foot and connected structures. Podiatric doctors make use of a range of different medical, physical, pharmacological, biomechanical and surgical treatments to manage virtually everything that can and does go wrong with the foot. The education to be a podiatrist is different from country to country with the degree being a 4 yr undergraduate degree in most countries with post-graduate courses in areas of speciality. In the USA it is a 4 yr post-graduate degree followed by a 3 year post degree residency. The range of practice and the period of time of training does vary a great deal globally. A fairly easy search online will turn up the information necessary for education in every country.

The future for podiatry is more than likely excellent due to the aging population and also the diabetes epidemic being driven by the obesity emergency. Those in the older age groups have a higher frequency of foot problems, so as the population ages, so too will the demand for podiatrists. It's the same with the obesity problems that is resulting in the greatly increased prevalence of diabetes. Those with diabetes are at a considerably greater risk for problems of the feet and even amputation, so in these people excellent foot care and podiatry management is important to avoid and treat these problems.

Podiatrists also work in lots of other various areas such as sports medicine and paediatrics. Here they will use various treatment modalities to avoid and treat disorders of the feet and leg in sportsman and children. Their part is very helpful in these groups. In rheumatology settings they are going to be working with other health care professionals to take care of all of the problems which occur in the feet of those with the different joint disease type conditions.