A career in podiatry is one thing that those contemplating their future may like to consider. Podiatry is that profession that's concerned with the prevention and management of problems of the feet and associated structures. Podiatrists make use of a range of different medical, physical, pharmacological, biomechanical and surgical interventions to deal with pretty much anything that may and does go wrong with the feet. The training to become a podiatrist differs from country to country with the degree being a 4 yr undergraduate degree in most places with post-graduate work in areas of speciality. In the USA it is a 4 yr post-graduate education followed with a 3 year residency. The scope of practice and the number of years of education does differ a lot internationally. A fairly easy search online should turn up the information required for education in every country.
The future for podiatry is more than likely pretty good due to the aging populace and also the diabetes epidemic being driven by the obesity emergency. Those in the older age groups have a much higher prevalence of foot problems, so as the population ages, so too will the need for podiatrists. It is the same with the obesity crisis which is bringing about the significantly increased incidence of diabetes. People that have diabetes are at a significantly increased risk for conditions of the feet and even amputation, so in these people excellent foot care and podiatry management is essential to prevent and treat these problems.
Podiatrists also work in many other different areas such as sports medicine and paediatrics. Here they will use various treatment techniques to prevent and treat conditions of the feet and leg in athletes and children. Their role is very helpful in these populations. In rheumatology settings they are going to be working with other health professionals to manage all the complications that occur in the feet of those with the various arthritis type disorders.