The Business Research Company’s “Podiatry Market By Specialization(General Podiatry, Podiatric Surgery, Sports Medicine And Podopaediatric), By Facility(Clinics And Hospitals), By Regions And By Key Profiles – Global Forecast To 2022” under Medical Equipment category covers market characteristics, key players, market size and trends from 2019 to 2022
Podiatry is a medical profession that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases affecting the lower limb extremity such as the foot and ankle. Podiatry was earlier known as chiropody and is still termed as chiropody in countries such as the UK and in some provinces of Canada.
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The Podiatry Services Market Segmentation
By Specialization Type – The podiatry services market is segmented by specialization type into
- a) General podiatry
- b) Podiatric surgery
- c) Sports medicine
- d) Podopediatrics
General podiatry had the highest growth rate of nearly 1.85% during the historic period. The fastest growth in the historic period can be attributed to the increasing prevalence of diabetes and other comorbid conditions along with increasing awareness about podiatry and the importance of foot care.
By Treatment Condition – The podiatry services market is segmented by treatment condition into
- a) Diabetes
- b) Musculoskeletal diseases
- c) Cardiovascular diseases
- d) Neurological diseases
- e) Others (Non-Comorbid Conditions)
Major trends influencing the podiatry services market include:
Fighting Acute And Chronic Pain With Innovative Technology – Foot ailments are commonly accompanied with either acute or chronic pain and various non-invasive methods are being launched for its treatment. For instance, podiatrists are using Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT), to treat acute or chronic pain in the muscle and tendon, which uses pressure waves to stimulate blood circulation to the lower limb and enhances the metabolism, helping the regeneration of tissues in the affected area. EPAT is also considered as an alternative to surgery and the whole process takes only 5-10 minutes.
Multidisciplinary Approach To Treatment Of Diabetic Foot Ulcers – Foot diseases arise primarily due to an existing comorbid condition such as diabetes or arthritis. For instance, one in four diabetic individuals suffer from diabetic foot ulcers (DFU), the treatment of which requires a podiatrist and an endocrinologist. In certain cases, a vascular specialist is also required to grade the severity of the disease and the chances of ulcer development in a patient with peripheral vascular disease is high. In the UK, a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of diabetic foot ulcer is trending and a person with DFU is attended by a podiatrist, vascular specialist, infectious disease specialist and orthotist.
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