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Gout Specialist

Edward Bustamante, DPM, FACFAS

Foot & Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Miami, FL

Gout is an incredibly painful form of arthritis that can have a major impact on your quality of life, which makes early intervention key. The practice of Edward Bustamante, DPM, LLC, features advanced diagnostic imaging equipment and offers the latest treatment protocols to help patients in the Miami area offset the symptoms of gout. To learn more, call the office or fill out the online form to request an appointment.

Gout Q & A

What is gout?

There are over 100 types of arthritis, and gout is one of the more common forms, affecting more than eight million people in the United States. The condition typically strikes the joint at the base of your big toe and is the result of uric acid buildup in your body. When the acid builds up, it forms sharp, crystal-like structures in your joints that cause considerable pain during a flare-up.

Gout flares can last days or weeks, making your life very uncomfortable. When it subsides, you may go weeks, months, or even years, before another flare.

What causes gout?

Your body produces uric acid when it breaks down a substance called purines, which are largely found in foods like processed meats, beans, liver, and seafood. Your kidneys help remove uric acid, but when your body produces too much or your kidneys don’t process enough of it, it can build up in your system, causing gout.

It follows, then, that diet is a significant contributing factor when it comes to developing gout. The other factors that put you at risk are:

  • Obesity, which causes your body to produce more uric acid
  • Pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Family history of gout
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Gender (men are more prone to gout)

Gout typically develops in men between the ages of 30 and 50 and in women after menopause.

How is gout diagnosed?

Dr. Bustamante’s office is equipped with the latest diagnostic tools, including X-rays and ultrasound. This allows the doctor to perform a full on-site evaluation without having to waste precious time sending you to a third-party provider.

Using these tools, especially ultrasound, Dr. Bustamante can take a look inside your joint to check for evidence of the telltale crystal structures.

How is gout treated?

If Dr. Bustamante confirms gout, he starts you on a treatment plan that alleviates the pain of the immediate flare, and he provides you with the tools for long-term prevention. This combination treatment can include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroids
  • Medications that block uric acid production or improve its removal
  • Dietary changes
  • LIfestyle changes (losing weight and reducing alcohol consumption)

Rest assured, Dr. Bustamante works with you until your gout pain is relieved.

For effective gout treatment, call Edward Bustamante, DPM, LLC, or book an appointment using the online scheduler.