Podiatry is the health care specialist with medical training, which deals with foot care for the general population and especially for people with diabetes. The profession has been officially recognized in Romania and is due to be introduced in the Romanian Occupation Classification (COR), according to a document drafted by the Ministry of Labour.
Recognition of the profession came as a result of the efforts undertaken by the Podiatry Association through the leadership of the association – President Ioan Vereşiu and Honorary President, Norina Gâvan.
The document confirms, at the request of the Podiatry Association, the official recognition of this profession.
“Taking into consideration the request and the documentation submitted by the Podiatry Association at the Ministry of Labour and Social Justice (…) through which we ask you to update the Classification of Occupations in Romania (COR), by introducing the podiatric occupation, we communicate our favourable opinion”, shows the mentioned document.
Thus the podiatry occupation will have the code 226926 and will be introduced into the basic group 2269 “Health specialists not classified in the previous basic groups”, according to the Labour Ministry.
The new occupation will be introduced into the COR by a joint order signed by the Minister of Labour and the President of the National Institute of Statistics (INS), to be published in the Official Gazette.
Recently, the Podiatry Association drew the attention that every 20 seconds somewhere in the world one person loses one leg because of diabetes, but eight out of ten amputations can be avoided by a simple clinical and objective examination of the feet in people with diabetes.
The Podiatry Association, based in Cluj-Napoca, aims to develop the new profession of podiatrist in Romania. According to the association, the podium contributes to a major reduction in the lower limb amputation rate when included in the multidisciplinary care team for people with diabetes.
In Romania, the national diabetes program is the largest curative program developed by the National Health Insurance House (CNAS), reaching 823,000 patients this year, according to the data presented by the institution. Last month, US Podiatrist Lee Rogers, considered one of the world’s best specialists in this field, warned that the diabetes situation is getting worse in Romania, with over 60 percent of people with diabetes having diabetic neuropathy and annually more than 5,000 amputations are performed in people with diabetes.
The Podiatric Specialist recommended that Romania follow the example of other states and set up multidisciplinary medical teams, including foot pods, to prevent problems caused by complications associated with diabetes such as diabetic neuropathy and diabetic foot.