Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatrist

Gary M. Kazmer, DPM

Podiatrist located in Elgin, IL

Hammer Toes Specialist

Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, Dr. Kazmer has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of an array of issues affecting the feet and ankles, including hammertoes. With practices in Elgin, Chicago, and Barrington, IL, he provides state-of-the-art care to help relieve painful symptoms and to restore the normal shape of the toe.

Hammertoes Q&A

What causes hammertoes?

Hammertoes form when the muscles and tendons in a toe become tight, forcing the toe joint to become bent like the claw of a hammer. Hammertoes can develop in anyone, but they're more common among women who wear high heels on a regular basis and other people who wear shoes with a tight or narrow toe area or shoes that don't fit properly. Because of their bent shape, hammer toes often rub against the interior surface of shoes, causing painful corns or calluses. Arthritis, diabetes, and circulatory or nerve problems can also cause hammer toes to form, and they may also develop after an injury to the foot.

What methods are used to diagnose hammertoes?

In most cases, hammertoes can be diagnosed with a simple visual examination of the toe, based on the characteristic claw-like appearance. In a few cases, x-rays may be taken to determine the extent of the damage to the toe joint and to rule out other causes of deformity.

How are hammertoes treated?

Often, the first step in treating hammertoes is to begin wearing shoes that fit properly and provide plenty of room in the toe area. Custom orthotics, special shoe inserts designed specifically for your foot shape, can also help relieve pressure and maintain the toe in a normal shape during walking. Cushioning can also help prevent friction that can cause corns and calluses to develop. Gentle stretching exercises or special splints or braces may be recommended to help restore the tendons and muscles and return the toe to a more normal shape and position. In a few cases, surgery may be necessary to fuse the joint, reshape the connective tissues, or remove small portions of bone. Following surgery, a special surgical shoe may need to be worn during the initial stages of healing to promote proper positioning of the toe.

Insurances Accepted

We accept most major insurance plans. This is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Cross of Idaho
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
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    "Dr. Gary Kazmer is the best Podiatrist I have ever seen!!!!"

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    "My daughter and I have had great experiences with Dr. Kazmer after injuries to our ankles. His staff is terrific and he always followed up..."

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    "Dr. Kazmer has been very patient with me and is always friendly and professional. He has fixed numerous problems I've had and I would recommend him to anyone..."

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    "Dr. Kazmer removed excess bone from a major foot joint. The surgery was excellent and surprisingly pain free."

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    "I saw Dr. Kazmer for my left foot and had the best experience! I had to have surgery on my foot and the entire experience was stupendous."

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    "Dr. Kazmer is great. Fantastic care! From consultation to treatment discussions and follow up, I knew I was in the right place."

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    "Great experience! Dr. Kazmer is very professional and knowledgeable. Great staff too. Highly recommend this office."

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    "Dr. Kazmer listened to my problem and took his time. He was able to inject my bunion that same day and I have been pain free ever since."

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    "I just had an appointment with Dr. Kazmer and it was excellent! He was on time, professional, and he fixed my issue. Could not be happier!!!"

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