Our feet are more important than many of us think. Not only do they help to keep us upright and to move around, but the health of our feet can even indicate how healthy we are in other parts of our body. Foot health is a big issue that everyone should be aware of. International Podiatry Day is about making sure that everyone knows just how essential it is to look after our feet.
The day is focused on raising awareness about foot health for everyone, from the general public to government bodies and health professionals. The health of our feet can give a good indication of our general health and even offer warning signs for some illnesses, as well as being closely linked to certain conditions.
For example, it’s vital that people with diabetes monitor their foot health but their raised blood sugar gives them a greater chance of developing foot problems. International Podiatry Day recognizes these issues and promotes the importance of foot health.
History of International Podiatry Day
The International Federation of Podiatrists is behind International Podiatry Day. The federation has existed since 1947 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing podiatry worldwide. It has 26 member countries sharing research, practice and knowledge between them.
International Podiatry Day replaced another event that used to be held earlier in the year. The event is now a modern celebration that uses social media campaigns to raise awareness. The aim of the International Federation of Podiatrists is to make it the biggest event with a focus on worldwide foot health.
Key leaders in podiatry support this event every year and talk about why podiatry and foot health are important to them. More up-to-date ways of recognizing the event have included informative videos and social media hashtags. You can start to see people celebrating months before the day arrives.
How to celebrate International Podiatry Day
The most important part of celebrating International Podiatry Day is spreading awareness about the importance of foot health. If you are ready to get involved, you can do whatever you like to spread the word about podiatry. Of course, it’s also essential that you educate yourself first so that you can pass on the things that you learn.
You can read about many health conditions related to the feet, as well as information on how to keep your feet healthy. Looking after your feet day-to-day involves things like wearing the right shoes and caring for your toenails. You can learn about how to keep your own feet healthy and how a podiatrist can help you.
When you have learned about foot health, it’s time to start spreading the word and helping to educate others. You can use social media or talk to people in person about why the cause of podiatry and foot health is one that you want to promote. Talking about health issues is vital and we should all be more open about our health. So don’t be shy about discussing foot health, and letting people know about International Podiatry Day.
Every October 8th
Founded byInternational Federation of Podiatrists