To make an appointment, call 719-589-8073.

The fax number for this department is 719-589-8087.

What is Podiatry?

Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the study of, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. Foot and ankle care is provided by Podiatrist Jeffrey Oster, DPM and Nurse Practitioner Crystal Birdsong, NP, serving all counties of the San Luis Valley: Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache, including the communities of Alamosa, Antonito, Blanca, Center, Creede, Crestone, Del Norte, Fort Garland, La Jara, Monte Vista, Sanford, San Luis, Saguache, and South Fork.

What Is a Podiatrist? 

Podiatrists complete 4 years of podiatric medical school. During that time they study physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, histology, microbiology, neurology and vascular medicine. The first two years of podiatric medical school focus on basic sciences. In the third and fourth years, podiatric medical students begin to focus training on the lower extremity. Classes include biomechanics, sports medicine and human motion. Every podiatric medical student travels the country, and even the world, completing rotations in sports medicine, surgery and limb salvage. Upon completion of state licensure, podiatrists join the professional category of physician.

Possible Symptoms

Podiatrists treat foot and ankle disorders including: 

  • Overuse injuries including plantar fasciitis, tendinitis and stress fractures 

  • Sports injuries such as sprains, strains and fractures 

  • Bunions, hammer toes, tailor’s bunions and metatarsalgia 

  • Nerve injuries including tarsal tunnel syndrome, Morton’s neuroma and peripheral neuropathy 

  • Dermatology problems including rashes, tumors, calluses, lacerations and nail problems 

  • Orthopedic problems including tendon ruptures, arthritis, joint subluxation and fractures 

  • Foot orthotics and lower extremity bracing for injuries, arthritis and acquired deformities

Additional care provided by podiatrists include:

Performance optimization 

  • Gait analysis 

  • Prescription orthotics 

  • Shoe optimization and pairing with activities 

  • Motion analysis

Repetitive use injuries 

  • Plantar fasciitis 

  • Achilles tendinitis 

  • Partial Achilles tendon tears 

  • Metatarsal stress fractures 

  • Posterior tibial tendinitis 

  • Shin splints (anterior tibal tendinitis)

Sport trauma 

  • Achilles tendon ruptures 

  • Ankle fractures 

  • Ankle and foot sprains 

  • Stress fractures of the heel

Podiatric surgery includes:

Procedures performed endoscopically include: 

  • Plantar fasciotomy for plantar fasciitis 

  • Ankle arthroscopy for ankle injuries and arthritis 

  • Nerve decompression for Morton's neuroma 

  • Endoscopic gastrocnemius recession for equinus and chronic Achilles tendinitis

Additional procedures:

  • Foot and ankle fractures (forefoot, midfoot, rearfoot and ankle) 

  • Tendon ruptures (peroneal tendon, posterior tibial tendon and Achilles tendons) 

  • Osteochondral lesions of the talar dome. 

  • Lisfranc's dislocations and fractures 

  • Bunions 

  • Hammer toes 

  • Calluses 

  • Saddle bone deformities 

  • Haglund's deformity


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