Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatrist

Gary M. Kazmer, DPM

Podiatrist located in Elgin, IL & Barrington, IL

Gout Specialist

Gout can cause significant joint pain and inflammation. At Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers' practice locations in Elgin and Barrington, IL, Dr. Kazmer provides patients from throughout the Chicago area with the most effective treatments for gout to help eliminate joint pain and stiffness.

Gout Q & A

What is gout?

Gout is a condition that occurs when tiny crystals of naturally-occurring uric acid build up in the bloodstream and wind up being deposited in the joints and soft tissues. These tiny crystals can cause considerable pain and inflammation in the joints, making movement uncomfortable. Gout often follows a period of illness or chronic stress which can interfere with the normal elimination of uric acid through the urine. It can also be triggered by alcohol or drug abuse.

What symptoms does gout cause?

The symptoms associated with gout can vary based on which the stage of the disease. During the initial or first stage, most people have no noticeable symptoms even though the blood level of uric acid may be elevated. During the second stage, joint pain and swelling occur and may quickly escalate. Gout most commonly affects the big toe, but symptoms may also be felt elsewhere in the foot or in the ankles, hands, wrists, elbows, fingers and knees. Some people also may develop kidney stones. During the next stage of the disease, symptoms often decrease in intensity temporarily, but in the final fourth stage, permanent joint or kidney damage may occur. The fourth stage is called chronic tophaceous gout.

Are there risk factors that make me more prone to having gout?

Yes, gout is associated with certain risk factors, including:

  • Obesity or being excessively overweight
  • Family history of gout
  • Certain dietary habits, including diets high in substances called purines (found in foods like tuna, mackerel, organ meats, anchovies, scallops and some other fish and shellfish)
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Long-term use of diuretics
  • Chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure, thyroid disease and diabetes

How is gout treated?

Treatment typically involves some dietary or lifestyle changes to help reduce the amount of uric acid in the blood, coupled with the use of pain medication and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce symptoms and prevent damage that can occur as a result of chronic inflammation.

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

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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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    "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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    "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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