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Living With Plantar Fasciitis Dec 1st, 2019

Stabbing heel pain when you first step out of bed in the morning or after you’ve been sitting for a long time is a telltale sign of life with plantar fasciitis, a common foot disorder. You may have never even heard of the plantar fascia — the long, thick ligament...

Getting Active Again After an Achilles Tendon Injury Nov 1st, 2019

Have you suffered from an ankle injury lately — particularly to your Achilles tendon? Are you afraid of resuming your normal activities, for fear of injuring yourself again? It’s always good to be cautious, but you can learn for sure whether or not you’re ready if you have your injury...

Orthotics Don’t Just Help Your Feet: Learn How They Can Improve Joint Pain Oct 1st, 2019

You’ve probably seen shoe inserts for sale at your local pharmacy and they may have even been labeled “orthotics.” However, there are important differences, including the fact that orthotics are custom-designed to help correct your specific issues. Although orthotic devices are frequently used to correct problems with your feet, they...

What Causes Gout and What Can I Do About It? Sep 1st, 2019

Have you had a sudden attack of severe pain in your big toe? Or maybe you've woken up in the middle of the night feeling like your toe is on fire? If so, you may be suffering from gout. Here at Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers in Elgin and Barrington,...

How Does Arthritis Affect Your Feet? Aug 6th, 2019

Arthritis happens when one or more joints become swollen, resulting in pain, stiffness and a decrease in movement and motion. Because your foot contains over 30 joints, this part of your body can be severely impacted by arthritis. This condition can affect the way you walk and limit your ability...

How to Keep a Sprained Ankle From Becoming Chronic Instability Jul 17th, 2019

Ankle sprains are a common injury, especially among older people and people who are physically active. Sprains occur when one of your ligaments is stretched beyond its normal capacity, leaving you with pain, swelling, and sometimes other symptoms, like bruising or discoloration. Sprains often occur when you step “wrong” and...

Look for These Signs To See If Your Child Has Heel Pain Jun 14th, 2019

When most of us think of sore or aching feet, we think of the foot pain we experience as adults. It’s true, heel pain is a common medical complaint for women and men, but what’s also true is that a surprising number of kids can have foot pain, too —...

What To Consider When Selecting Your Orthotics May 10th, 2019

Foot pain is a common complaint, and without treatment, chronic and acute symptoms can have a big impact on your regular routine, making it a lot more difficult — and uncomfortable — to do many of your regular activities. Even something as simple as walking or climbing stairs can become...

That Sharp Pain in the Ball of Your Foot Can Be Morton's Neuroma Apr 15th, 2019

If you're feeling persistent pain located in the ball of your foot and it feels like you're walking on a marble, you could have Morton's neuroma and could benefit from coming in to see our leading Chicagoland podiatrist, Dr. Gary M. Kazmer, DPM at Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers. What...

6 Tips to Reduce Your Chances of Developing Achilles Tendonitis Mar 1st, 2019

The Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in your body, connects the muscles of your calf to your heel bone. You count on this tendon whenever you walk, run, jump, climb stairs or stand on your tiptoes to reach that top shelf. Achilles tendinitis is a common condition that develops when...

When Ingrown Toenails Become Something to Worry About Feb 7th, 2019

Some 20% of people who see a doctor for foot issues are dealing with an ingrown toenail, according to federal statistics. An ingrown toenail can be annoying, painful and a nuisance you simply want to be rid of, but in most cases it’s a harmless condition that can be treated...

What Is PRP Therapy And What Does It Treat? Jan 9th, 2019

You might have seen platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy making the headlines. That’s because it’s a favorite treatment among elite athletes who need help recovering from an injury. Platelets in your blood contain many proteins that are called growth factors. These growth factors are important in healing injuries. But how can...

Everything You Should Know About Plantar Fasciitis Dec 10th, 2018

If you suffer from foot or heel pain, you’re not alone. According to the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) in a study done in 2014, nearly 80% of adults over the age of 18 across the country reported that they had suffered from foot pain at some point. Of these,...

Top 5 Best Heel Spur Treatments Nov 15th, 2018

Heel spurs can cause quite a bit of pain, especially when you’re walking or jogging. The pain that you experience comes from the heel spur — a calcium deposit that builds up over time — injuring the soft tissue that surrounds it. Some patients describe the sensation as someone stabbing...

Three Reasons You Should See a Podiatrist for Your Bunions Oct 30th, 2018

Have the joints on one or both of your big toes started turning outward? Are they swollen and painful to walk on? It could be you’ve developed bunions, which should be seen by a doctor. Dr. Gary M. Kazmer provides services to residents in need of a podiatrist in Chicago, IL as well as...

5 Most Common Pediatric Foot Issues and How We Treat Them Sep 21st, 2018

Pediatric foot problems aren’t uncommon. In fact podiatrists are seeing more and more children for issues ranging from ingrown toenails to more serious conditions, such as those that affect the development and growth of a child’s feet. Foot pain in children should never be ignored. Caught early, many of the...

How Custom Orthotics Can Help Your Feet Aug 29th, 2018

Foot pain can ruin your day. The constant aching and burning of plantar fasciitis, throbbing leg pain caused by flat feet or fallen arches, diabetic neuropathy, and the inflammation of arthritis are just a few of the reasons people experience foot pain. And many of those with foot pain curtail...

Tips for Preventing Summer’s Most Common Foot Injuries Jul 10th, 2018

Unless you’re getting a pedicure, you probably don’t give your feet a lot of thought. They’re way over at the opposite end of your body from your brain, and they kind of do their thing without a lot of instruction or worry.But feet are complex structures. Each of your feet...

A Game-Changer in Treating Foot Pain From Achilles Tendinitis to Plantar Fasciitis Jun 20th, 2018

When you have foot pain, it doesn’t matter if it’s from a stress fracture or arthritis, it still disrupts your life and makes it difficult to get around. Until recently, the only option for chronic foot pain was to suffer through invasive surgeries that may or may not fix the...

Can Feet Change Size Over Time? May 17th, 2018

Your parents knew your feet would grow as you got taller, which is why they took you back to the shoe store year after year for new shoes, sandals, or sneakers. Once you reached your teens, though, you figured your feet had found their shape and you were locked into...

Four Ways to Avoid a Gout Attack Apr 16th, 2018

More than eight million Americans live with gout, the most common form of inflammatory arthritis. While women do get it, men are much more likely to develop the condition. Gout occurs when uric acid, a waste product created from the breakdown of purines in food, builds up in your joints....

Best Ways to Prevent Hammertoe Mar 2nd, 2018

A hammertoe is one of the more appropriately named conditions of your feet, given the condition’s ability to turn your straight toe into a crooked, hammer-like appendage. While a hammertoe isn’t medically unsafe, its effects can run deeper than cosmetic concerns, often leading to painful corns and calluses. Not to...

Why Does Cushioning My Heel Not Relieve Heel Pain? Dec 6th, 2017

Heel pain also known as plantar fasciitis manifest in the heel and can be extreme at times. The actual cause of the pain is the fibers of the plantar fascia pulling at the insertion on the heel bone. This pulling at the insertion of the heel bone causes inflammation and...

Ingrown Nails and Antibiotic Use May 15th, 2017

I find in my practice an overuse of oral antibiotics with respect to clearing infections of ingrown toenails.  This is a not needed when a patient has a routine nail infection.  In my 26 years of practice, I can count on 1 hand how many times I have written for...

Do I Have Morton's Neuroma? May 15th, 2017

Morton’s neuromas are a very common problem seen in my office on a daily basis. They can be easily diagnosed with a complete physical exam and a routine in office ultrasound. More extensive diagnostic tools are rarely needed. Surgical intervention is rare in my office.  The multifaceted treatment plan includes 1...

Ankle Sprain Still Bothering After 6-8 Weeks? May 10th, 2017

I routinely see patients after continued pain after a simple ankle sprain. They will present usually after 8 weeks of conservative treatment with continued pain.Several areas need to be addressed:Talar dome lesions. This is an injury to the ankle mortise area that can sometimes only be diagnosed with an MRI.Fracture...