Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatrist

Gary M. Kazmer, DPM

Podiatrist located in Elgin, IL & Barrington, IL

Bunions Specialist

Dr. Kazmer is a top-rated podiatrist in the Chicago area, with practices in Elgin and Barrington, IL. At the Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers, he provides the best treatment options developed to relieve the painful symptoms of bunions and help restore the normal shape and function of the affected joint.

Bunions Q & A

What is a bunion?

Bunions are hard, bony lumps or projections that form at the base of the big toe. Without proper treatment, a bunion can grow large enough to eventually move the joint out of alignment, resulting in significant pain when wearing shoes. If the bunion continues to develop without treatment, the toe may begin to cross over neighboring toes, making it difficult to wear shoes or to perform normal activities like walking without feeling pain. As inflammation continues in the joint, the joint surfaces will eventually become damaged, making it much more likely arthritis will develop.

Why do bunions form?

Several factors can contribute to the development of bunions, including injury, arthritis and other joint or bone diseases, deformities of the foot, problems with gait and even an inherited foot shape. Some studies have indicated very pointy shoes with a tight toe box may cause or at least exacerbate bunions. High heels can also contribute to bunion formation or symptoms by forcing the toes downward into a confined area.

How are bunions treated?

Sometimes, mild bunions or bunions in their early stages of development can resolve on their own by switching to roomier footwear that allows extra space for the toes. Custom orthotics can help support the toe in its proper position while providing padding to help reduce pressure and pain in the joint. Gentle stretching exercises can also help the joint stay flexible while reducing the risk of developing arthritis. Special splints may also improve the position of the toe joint to encourage healing. Sometimes, these conservative approaches are ineffective in coaxing the joint back into a normal position. In those cases, surgery may be recommended to help reposition the joint and return the toe to a normal position. Screws or pins may be used to hold the toe in place during recovery, and a cast may also need to be worn for the initial stages of healing.

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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