Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatrist

Gary M. Kazmer, DPM

Podiatrist located in Elgin, IL & Barrington, IL

Heel Pain Specialist

As a leading podiatrist in Elgin and Barrington, IL, Dr. Kazmer is recognized as a top provider of state-of-the-art treatments for heel pain. At the Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers, he uses the most advanced methods to provide relief for heel pain in patients from throughout the Chicago area.

Heel Pain Q & A

What are the main causes of heel pain?

Heel pain is relatively common, especially as people age and among people who spend long periods of time standing on their feet. It's also very common among runners and other athletes where a repetitive impact can eventually take a toll on the tissues. Being overweight or obese can also increase the likelihood of developing painful symptoms in and around the heel. Often, heel pain develops when a fibrous band of tissue called the plantar fascia becomes irritated and inflamed. Hard calcium deposits called heel spurs can also result in painful symptoms, as can arthritis.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

Heel pain can sometimes be diagnosed through a medical history, a review of symptoms and a physical examination of the foot and ankle, including simple exercises to determine the movements that are causing painful symptoms to occur. Sometimes, x-rays or other diagnostic imaging, such as ultrasounds, may need to be performed to determine the underlying cause and to help guide treatment. When nerve involvement is suspected, nerve function testing or conduction studies may also be performed.

What treatments are available for heel pain?

Like other types of painful foot conditions, heel pain can require different types of treatment depending on the underlying cause. Typically, conservative options like oral medications, steroid injections, and custom orthotics are used first, accompanied by stretching exercises or physical therapy as needed. If the plantar fascia is involved, special splints may be used to help gently stretch the tissue and improve flexibility over time. Lifestyle changes including losing excess weight or changing shoe style may also help. In cases where the causes of heel pain are more complex and conservative options aren't effective in providing relief, surgery may be recommended to remove heel spurs, reposition the plantar fascia where it attaches to the heel, or provide other corrective measures.

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 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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    "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!!!"

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