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Podiatry is recognised as a health care profession in Belgium since 2016. Podiatrists are mostly active as private practitioners or group practices and they are recognised as part of the multidisciplinary diabetic foot teams.
Podiatry in Switzerland is regulated and the practice of the profession of podiatrists is reserved for holders of podiatry degree awarded by a Swiss or foreign school.
Podiatry training is currently offered at around 50 vocational schools. The training usually takes two years full-time and a maximum of four years part-time. Since the introduction of the podiatry law on January 2, 2002, the professional title “podiatrist” or “medical foot care practitioner” is protected through a BSc degree.
The title of Podiatrist is recognized by the government and recognized within the health profession category.
In Finland podiatrists are educated in polytechnics.
The podiatrist in Finland is more like a therapist, having competency in skin and nail care, biomechanics, insoles, massage, gait analysis, wound care and patient education.
The ‘pédicure-podologue’ profession is a regulated health profession under the Public Health Code.
Podiatrists and chiropodists are regulated in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. This means that you must be registered with one of the provincial regulatory authorities to be authorized to practise as a podiatrist and/or chiropodist in those provinces.
Doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), chiropodist, and podiatrist are the titles used in regulations governing these occupations.
A podiatrist completed the 4-year programme with Bachelor-degree ‘Podotherapie’.
This programme is recognised by law by the Ministry of Education and complies with the Individual Healthcare Professions Act (Wet BIG), article 34. This article also includes the title ‘podotherapeut’ as a title protected by law.
The podiatry education is part of the three-year upper secondary education in Norway. A podiatrist conducts health-promoting work, prevention and individual guidance and treatment.
To practice as a podiatrist in the United States, an individual would need to have a graduated from a CPME-accredited college of podiatric medicine, and in most cases, complete a CPME-approved residency program. However, licensing is conducted on a state-by-state basis and applicants will need to contact the State Board of Podiatry for their requirements.
As chiropody/podiatry in the United Kingdom is a legally regulated profession within the scope of the Health Professions Order. In order to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and practice as a Podiatrist in the UK, you have to complete a HCPC recognised Podiatry degree. Degree courses take three or four years on a full-time basis or four and a half years part-time. Masters programmes (MSc) usually take 2 years and like the degree programmes, involve clinical practice and academic study. Those podiatrists can continue their training to become a Podiatric Surgeon.
Podiatry was officially recognized as a profession in Romania and was introduced in the Romanian Occupational Classification (COR) at the end of 2018, according to the Explanatory Memorandum drafted by the Podiatry Association on “The need to introduce the profession of podiatrist with higher education in the COR,” quoted by local Economica.net.