Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatrist

Gary M. Kazmer, DPM

Podiatrist located in Elgin, IL & Barrington, IL

Arthritis Specialist

At Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers, Dr. Kazmer provides Chicago area patients with the care they need to help relieve the painful symptoms of arthritis while restoring function to the affected joint. Practices in Barrington and Elgin, IL, make it convenient for patients to get the highest-quality care close to home.

Arthritis Q & A

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis occurs when the joint surfaces begin to deteriorate, usually as a result of wear and tear on the joint or from injury to the joint. This type of arthritis is also sometimes referred to as osteoarthritis, and it is the most common type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis becomes more common as we get older and is also more likely to occur in athletes and other people who placed repeated strain and stress on their joints. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy tissues of the joint lining, resulting in the destruction of the joint surfaces.

What kinds of symptoms does arthritis cause?

When arthritis occurs in the joints of the foot and ankle, it usually causes symptoms like:

  • Pain, especially when the foot or ankle are moved or weight is placed on the foot
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Stiffness in the ankle or toes
  • Tenderness and swelling around the affected area
  • Redness or warmth in the area

Over time and without proper treatment, arthritis can eventually cause joints to become permanently deformed.

How is arthritis in the foot and ankle treated?

Osteoarthritis is typically treated with oral medications to help decrease pain and joint inflammation that can cause damage to the joint surfaces. If oral medications are not effective, injections of pain medications and corticosteroids may be prescribed. Physical therapy and gentle exercise can help reduce stiffness and improve circulation to the area, helping to keep the joint flexible. Men and women with rheumatoid arthritis will usually need to have medication to help suppress the immune response that attacks the joint tissues. Custom orthotics can be used in any type of arthritis to help provide cushioning and support while also relieving pain and inflammation. In more advanced cases where conservative approaches aren't effective in providing relief from painful symptoms, surgery may be recommended to fuse joints, immobilizing them so painful friction cannot occur.

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 Kansas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Cross of Idaho
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Words from our patients

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    "Dr. Gary Kazmer is the best Podiatrist I have ever seen!!!!"

    Jessica P.
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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..."

    Kim B.
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    "Dr. Kazmer and his staff are very helpful."

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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."

    Gwen R.
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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."

    Yesenia S.
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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."

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

    Nitsa H.
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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."

    Sandy M.
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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!!!"

    Jim H.
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