The School of Public Health, University at Albany, identified an increase in foot problems as a result of growing obesity, diabetes and an aging population. Addressing this need are podiatrists who provide close to 40 percent of all foot care services in the United States, Podiatrists are medically and surgically trained to diagnose and treat disorders, diseases, and injuries of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. Because of this current and future need for Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, particularly in light of the current diabetes epidemic, the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, which has graduated more than 25% of all active podiatrists in the nation.NYCPM has established affiliations with many of these, including Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Students participate in residency and other post-graduate programs at these and other renowned health care institutions in the area, and around the country. The Foot Center of New York (FCNY) is the clinical teaching affiliate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and is a major health resource for the residents of Harlem and nearby neighborhoods.