Forgot to add, degrees – which are not exclusive to Podiatry. All the PAMs were given degree status at the same time, and POMs, which are also not exclusive to Podiatry.
It’s easy to forget that when we started using LA in the early 1970’s it was very cutting edge. The only other people who could legally obtain and use LA were Dentists and Doctors/Consultants.
Orthotic therapy was similarly cutting edge, but gradually Physio’s and Orthotists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors smelled a profit and got in on the act. Commercial Labs (and eventually the High St) were happy to sell to anyone of course.