Podiatry has been around for thousands of years and in some way it might have been a bigger consideration in medicine back then than it is today.
Here is a quick overview of the main points of podiatry in history:
The professional care of feet was in existence in ancient Egypt dating from about 2400 BC
Hippocrates recognised the need to reduce corns and callouses and the cause. He also invented the original scalpels
King of France employed his own podiatrist as did Napoleon and Abraham Lincoln
NZ changed the name from Chiropody to Podiatry in the 1970s to highlight the full scope and importance of feet
Over two thousand years ago, probably a lot more people would first go and see a podiatrist for an array of issues and complaints than today. Nowadays, we end up trying to fix the problem with painkillers and short term measures. The problem, however, is that we are not addressing the underlying cause of it.