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Arthritis Specialist

Edward Bustamante, DPM, FACFAS

Foot & Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Miami, FL

Arthritis affects a whopping 54 million people in the United States, and this number is expected to rise to 78 million by 2040 as the population ages. To safeguard your mobility and your quality of life, Edward Bustamante, DPM, offers state-of-the-art care for arthritis, including regenerative medicine, which allows his patients in Miami to maintain healthy, active lives. To stay one step ahead of arthritis, call the office or use the online scheduler.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a catchall term for over 100 conditions that cause inflammation in your joints. Far and away, the most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects 31 million people in the US. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that develops when the cartilage on the ends of your bones begins to deteriorate, allowing your bones to rub together painfully.

Inflammatory versions of the disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, are also common culprits of joint pain and inflammation. And rounding out the list are metabolic disorders that lead to gout, which is an extremely painful form of arthritis that comes and goes.

Of course, there are many other forms of the disease, but the bottom line is that if any of the joints in your feet or ankles are interfering with your ability to move freely, you’d do well to see Dr. Bustamante for expert management of your disease.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

The most common red flags when it comes to arthritis of any kind are:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Increasingly-limited mobility
  • Decreased range of motion

Arthritis makes itself known in ways that are hard to ignore. The disease is generally degenerative, so if you’re feeling increasingly achy and stiff in the mornings, or the joints in your feet or ankles are painful and swollen after exercise, arthritis is the likely culprit.

How is arthritis evaluated and treated?

Dr. Bustamante’s office is equipped with the latest imaging tools, including X-rays and ultrasound, which allows him to diagnose your problem quickly and accurately, getting you on the road to recovery more quickly.

Depending upon the degree of your arthritis, Dr. Bustamante typically recommends:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription medications
  • Corticosteroids

In addition to these more conventional therapies, Dr. Bustamante has had great success using regenerative medicine in order to help the tissues in your joints rebuild and repair on a cellular level. Tapping the growth factors in your platelets for platelet-rich plasma therapy or using potent placental tissue for stem cell therapy, Dr. Bustamante turns to these cutting-edge treatment protocols to restore pain-free movement to your joints.

For expert arthritis care, call Edward Bustamante, DPM, LLC, or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.