The need for podiatrists grow. First of all due to the aging population, meaning that more people will need more medical services for ailments of the foot and ankle just as they do for all aspects of their health.
Moreover, societal trends indicate that more persons, regardless of age, are participating in sports and recreational activities where they run a greater risk of sustaining foot and ankle injuries.
And a dramatic increase in the number of patients suffering from diabetes.The human foot is often the first place to detect initial signs of diabetes; for diabetics, minor or ordinary foot problems can lead to serious complications.* For more information go to World Diabetes Commission.