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Where in the world is podiatry practiced?

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by LuckyLisfranc, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. LuckyLisfranc

    LuckyLisfranc Well-Known Member

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    Dear all,

    Out of curiosity, I am wondering how many countries in the world have an organised (or disorganised) podiatry profession?

    To start the list, mostly from people I have heard form on this forum, I can think of:

    New Zealand
    South Africa

    I am sure this is just the beginning... I am interested in establishing a definitive list - and maybe this can be posted on the podiatry entry in Wikipedia?


  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    FIP members are:
    The Association of Podiatrists of Malta (Malta)
    Landsforeningen af statsaut. Fodterapeuter (LasF) (DENMARK)
    Suomen Jalkojenhoitaja- Ja Jalkaterapeuttiliitto ry. Hameentie (FINLAND)
    Fédération Nationale des Podologues (FNP) (FRANCE)
    Association Belge des Podologues - Belgische Vereniging der Podologen (ABP - BVP) (BELGIUM)
    Nederlandse Vereniging van Podotherapeuten (NVvP) (The Netherlands)
    Associazione Italiana Podologi (AIP) (ITALY)
    Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists in Ireland (Ireland)
    The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) (UK)
    Félag Islenskra Fótaadgerdafraedinga (FIF) (ICELAND)
    Sveriges Fotterapeuter (SF) (SWEDEN)
    Norske Fotterapeuters Forbund (NFF) (NORWAY)
    Schweizerischer Podologen Verband (SPV) (Switzerland)
    Canadian Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) (CANADA)
    South African Podiatry Association (SAPA) (SOUTH AFRICA)
    Israeli Podiatric Medical Association (IPMA) (ISRAEL)
    American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) (USA)
  3. Paulo Silva

    Paulo Silva Active Member

  4. Lil Jz

    Lil Jz Welcome New Poster

    Does anyone know if we can practise in countries such as Italy! The association web site was in Italian? How do you go about trying to organise work in these countries? Also aid work which is a good agency to go through for podiatrists?
  5. Adam

    Adam Welcome New Poster

  6. Lil Jz

    Lil Jz Welcome New Poster

    Thanks Adam!
  7. Anthony Lewis

    Anthony Lewis Active Member

    It's terrific to see many podiatrists on Podiatry Arena looking towards taking their work in the road as part of a travel agenda. Can I raise the point, however, that work opportunites simply don't only exist in the aforementioned countries of this thread. The knowledge and skills we pods bring to the table would be of tremendous benefit to developing countries right throughout the world. Perhaps the intrepid podiatrists might quietly ask themselves what sort of travelling, work related experiences do they wisk to seek? Stepping outside one's comfort zone and contributing to he podiatric advancement in less fortunate countries will prove a memorable life experience professionally as well as personally. Please consider....
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  9. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Hi Anthony,

    What sort of practice are you involved in in Kiribati?

    I looked you up on the google map & it seems a very remote island.

    I am certain podiatric intervention isn't readily accessable to many individuals & I would love to know not just where we practice but also the scope/variety our practice demands of us.

    I am aware of voluntary groups working in India but would genuinly be interested to learn of others working in diverse circumstances in other areas.

    (I also googled kiribati & found out you were the 1st populated location to greet the new millenium, what a new day that must have been). :)


  10. Anthony Lewis

    Anthony Lewis Active Member

    Hi twirly,

    I’m impressed that you’ve taken the time to learn more about Kiribati. I’d be equally impressed if you knew how to correctly pronounce Kiribati (most people can’t). Regarding how I came to find myself in the country, I’m in fact an Aussie pod and I’ve taken on a placement through an overseas aid program. I shall be in Kiribati for approximately one year working in the Diabetic Clinic of the main hospital earning a basic cost-of-living wage in the process.

    Kiribati did indeed become the first nation to greet the new millennium after the Government successfully ‘moved’ the International Date Line (I was still studying in Melbourne at the time). The world’s media gathered upon the appropriately renamed ‘Millennium Island’ and reported the first images of the new era. For what its worth I’ve also undertaken a similar placement in what was the last country to bring in 2000 – that of course being…….

    Diabetes throughout the Pacific is an increasing burden and therefore I’m sure you can appreciate the extent of diabetic foot complications in the region. Perhaps Craig, or another informed individual, might be able to shed light on available statistics? I’d suggest that there are plenty of existing avenues which individual podiatrists can use as a platform to work in a developing country. However I look at the systematic ‘International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics’ and ponder how tremendous such a Podiatry based global organisation would be, serving those less fortunate in developing countries.

  11. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Hi Anthony

    Western Samoa, Apia?

    TZ! Kiritimati on the Christmas Islands, in Kiribati, and Tonga in the Pacific are the first to celebrate year 2000
    Places: Kiritimati (Kiribati - Christmas Islands), Nukualofa (Tonga)

    & the last........
    TZ! Western Samoa
    Places: Apia (Samoa) :drinks

  12. Anthony Lewis

    Anthony Lewis Active Member

  13. podomania

    podomania Active Member

    Dear all.
    I would also like to let you know that we have also got a Society of Podologists and Podiatrist of Greece and Cyprus. However, our professional rights are not beeing recognised here in Greece and we all work under the cover of the European Union.All the podiatrists have qualified in countries other than Greece e.g UK, Germany, Italy and we are members of the societies of the countries we qualified from.
  14. brownpods

    brownpods Welcome New Poster

    I have just joined the Cyprus Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (or Podiatrists Association, - we dont seem to know yet what we are called) . Didnt realise there was a Society covering both greece & cyprus, but is this defunct now, did it split into 2 seperate bodies and if so why ?. Whats the history ?.
  15. flippinheckman

    flippinheckman Welcome New Poster

    just as an add on to this where can we practice with a degree in Podiatry from a UK school of Podiatry? x

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