Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatrist

Gary M. Kazmer, DPM

Podiatrist located in Elgin, IL

Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

At the Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers, Dr. Kazmer uses advanced techniques to treat the painful symptoms of plantar fasciitis, using special methods to address the cause of pain so it won't recur. Offices in Elgin, Chicago, and Barrington, IL, make it easy for patients to get the best care they need for effective relief of their symptoms.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is the plantar fascia?

The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that extends from the heel to the ball portion of the patient’s foot, providing support for the arch and other structures. Sometimes, this band of tissue becomes irritated or inflamed, causing a painful condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is more common among athletes and other people whose soles are subjected to repetitive impact, people whose jobs require long periods of standing, and people who are obese or significantly overweight. Older men and women are also more prone to developing the condition as the plantar fascia becomes stiffer and less flexible. In some cases, the development of a bony growth on the heel, known as a heel spur, can cause plantar fasciitis to flare up.

What symptoms does plantar fasciitis cause?

Plantar fasciitis is associated with significant pain in the heel or along the bottom of the foot. Pain is often greatest in the morning or after another long period of immobility, often improving when movement loosens and warms up the plantar fascia, then recurring after another period of immobility.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Before any treatment is administered, the foot and ankle will be carefully evaluated to ensure the painful symptoms are due to plantar fasciitis and not another condition that causes similar symptoms. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, medications may be prescribed to help reduce pain and inflammation, and special stretching exercises may also be recommended to help improve flexibility and strength in the sole of the foot. When oral medications don't reduce pain and inflammation sufficiently, injections of corticosteroids may be used. Special splints or custom orthotics can also provide relief for many patients. In rare cases, surgery may be needed to relieve symptoms. As with other issues affecting the feet and ankles, being evaluated at the first sign of problems is the key to complete relief of symptoms and restoration of normal function.

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
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
Assurant Health
Beech Street
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
Blue Shield of California

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