Podiatry

Treatment for Foot & Ankle Problems

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.

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.

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

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 tibial tendinitis)

Sports trauma:

  • Achilles tendon ruptures
  • Ankle fractures
  • Ankle and foot sprains
  • Stress fractures of the heel

Podiatric Surgery

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
  • Hammertoes
  • Calluses
  • Saddle bone deformities
  • Haglund's deformity

Dr. Jeffrey Oster, DPM, offers podiatry and foot care coverage at San Luis Valley Health. Serving a diverse population and wide age range, Dr. Oster has experience providing foot and ankle care in private practice in the past and has specialized in the limb salvage program.


Podiatry services are available at Stuart Ave Clinic as part of orthopedic care. You can contact us at (719) 589-8091. Our fax number is (719) 589-8112.