INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY DAY
October 8th is International Podiatry Day. On this day, podiatrists around the world seek to advance the field of podiatry to better serve those with foot and ankle ailments. They do this through education, advocacy, and strategic alliances.
In case you’re wondering, podiatry deals with the feet. Why is there a branch of medicine having to do with feet? It’s because foot problems are prevalent. Some of the most common issues people have with their feet include:
- Athlete’s foot
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Ingrown toenails
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
More severe problems include foot pain, discoloration, swelling, and itching. Also, cold feet isn’t just something that happens when you lose confidence. Cold feet may be a sign of insufficient blood flow.
Your feet are important. They allow you to walk 150,000 miles in your lifetime. This is equivalent to walking around the world six times! Since foot problems can be debilitating, it’s essential to take care of your feet. Getting pedicures, forgoing high heels, and wearing proper foot protection while working are all good ways to care for your feet.
HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalPodiatryDay
International Podiatry Day focuses on global foot health. The International Federation of Podiatrists (IFP) is instrumental in organizing educational seminars and spreading awareness for foot health. They also encourage the podiatry community across the globe to recognize the services podiatrists are providing for foot and ankle car.
To observe International Podiatry Day, feel free to jump in with both feet!
- Educate yourself on taking good care of your feet.
- Pamper yourself with a pedicure.
- Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist if you are experiencing foot problems.
- If you have a podiatrist, show your appreciation for the work they do.
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INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY DAY HISTORY
The International Federation of Podiatrists was founded in 1947 to advance the field of podiatry around the world. The Federation enhances the podiatric profession by sharing knowledge and research among its members. Currently, 26 countries are members of the IFP.
The IFP is credited for organizing International Podiatry Day. Until 2016, the IFP organized the World Foot Health Awareness Month. This was their way of increasing awareness about the importance of foot health. In 2018, this observance was changed to International Podiatry Day.