Podiatry is a branch of medical science which deals
primarily with the treatment of disorders pertinent
to the lower half of the body. It is a science which is
dedicated to the diagnosis of problems that arise in
the foot and ankle. The terminology of podiatry is
very popular in western countries.
Chiropodist or podiatrist is what you call a doctor
who is an expert in the science of podiatry. The
history of podiatry dates back to roughly four
thousand years back.
. It was practiced at that point of time in Egypt. Till
the dawn of twentieth century, podiatry was
considered as a separate form of medicine. The
association of podiatrist was established way back in
The scope and popularity of podiatry in
predominantly on the rise. The popular Forbes
magazine has listed this profession of treating feet as
one of the best paid professions in the United States.
The salary and pay package paid to podiatrist are
definitely as good when compared to other medical
Surgery performed by podiatrist is primarily to
make sure that foot and ankles function properly.
Patients having joint or ligament related issues are
treated by podiatrist by performing surgery.
Sport podiatry is a branch of podiatry which focuses
on the treatment given to sports person to make sure
they are fit and healthy. The practice of podiatry
varies from country to country. Podopaediatrics is a
sub-division study which deals with the treatment of
feet related disorders in kids and infants.
The education mode and the courses vary
predominantly across each country based on the
demographic and other factors.
There are several inner level divisions in the field of
podiatry itself. Some of the popular fields are
forensic podiatry, podiatric
rheumatology, dermatological podiatry etc. There
are several associations and societies for podiatrist.
There is a lot of interest required to pursue any
degree and especially for podiatry it is even more
essential as one needs a lot of dedication in
inspecting and treating lower half of the body. Most
people in general are averse to even touching other
Hence one should go for this study and profession
only with sufficient interest and dedication. There
are instances of students going for this study but not
practicing it because of their aversion.
Some of the activities performed by a podiatric
Suggesting preventive measures for patients to keep
their feet healthy and clean
Diagnosing the problems and suggesting them
appropriate surgery or medicine options available.
Involving in minor surgeries