A career in podiatry is something that those contemplating their future might want to consider. Podiatry is that profession that's focused on the prevention and treatment of diseases of the foot and connected structures. Podiatry practitioners use a variety of different medical, physical, pharmacological, biomechanical and surgical treatments to take care of just about anything that may and does go wrong with the foot. The training to become a podiatrist varies from country to country with the degree being a 4 yr undergraduate degree in many countries with post-graduate education in areas of interest. In the USA it is a 4 yr post-graduate degree followed with a 3 year post degree residency. The scope of practice and the number of years of education does differ a great deal internationally. A simple search on the internet will turn up the details necessary for education in every country.
The future for podiatry is probably pretty good because of the aging population and also the diabetes crisis being fuelled by the obesity crisis. Those in the older age groups have a greater occurrence of foot conditions, so as the population ages, so too will the demand for podiatrists. It is the same with the obesity crisis that is bringing about the greatly increased prevalence of diabetes. People that have diabetes are at a significantly greater risk for problems of the feet and also amputation, so in these people excellent foot care and podiatry management is important to prevent and treat these problems.
Podiatrists also work in lots of other different specialities such as sports medicine and paediatrics. Here they will use various treatment techniques to prevent and treat disorders of the foot and leg in sportsman and children. Their role is very helpful in these groups. In rheumatology settings they will be working with other health professionals to deal with all of the complications that happen in the feet of those with the various arthritis type disorders.