Dr. James Cottom, DPM

Podiatric SurgeryMale

Dr. Cottom
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center

1630 S Tuttle Ave Ste A Sarasota, FL 34239

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(941) 924-8777

Dr. James Cottom, DPM is a Podiatric Surgery Specialist in Sarasota, FL. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Desoto Memorial Hospital and Doctors Hospital Of Sarasota. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Cottom to book an appointment.

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At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
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  • Offers Telehealth
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Experience
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No malpractice claims found for Florida
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Cottom's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Ankle Sprains and Strains
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Cottom treats Ankle Sprains and Strains more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Cottom treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Ankle Arthroscopy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Cottom performs Ankle Arthroscopy more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Cottom performs this procedure more than 99% of his peers

Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Cottom treats Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Cottom treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprain

Dr. Cottom's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Bunion
  • Bunion Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hammer Toe Repair
  • Heel Spur
  • Nail Avulsion and Excision
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sever's Disease
  • Stress Fracture of Foot

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Dr. Cottom accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
Blue Care HMO
BlueDental Choice
NetworkBlue
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
Cofinity
Cofinity PPO
Coventry Health Care of Florida, Inc.
Employer Group PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
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Tampa Bay CoreNet
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
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Dr. Cottom's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Cottom

4.2

Based on 81 ratings

5 Stars
76.54320987654322%
(62)
4 Stars
2.4691358024691357%
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
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What went well
  • Explained conditions well (66)
  • Office environment (66)
  • Trusted the provider's decisions (65)
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (14)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (13)
  • Appointment was rushed (12)
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Dr. Cottom is extremely professional and thorough. He performed surgery on my foot when other orthopedic doctors wanted to sever nerves. I have no hesitation recommending Dr. Cottom.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Nancy R – Dec 17, 2020
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I had ankle revision surgery June 2020. Dr. Cottom was professional, explained the procedure clearly and did a great job. He patiently answered all my questions. He and his staff are friendly and helpful. I've been to other doctors and would highly recommend Dr. Cottom.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Diane D. – Nov 25, 2020
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I had a great experience with Dr. Cottom and Dr. Joe along with the entire staff at his office. Knowledgeable, friendly, on time. I would highly recommend.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Dorian – Oct 16, 2020
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I too received the $500.00 boot exactly on Amazon for $42.00 and I did get reimbursed after I reported it to the cold, uncaring office. The office people told me he cannot help me until I get several MRIs and the boot did absolutely nothing! I paid for 1 MRI myself thinking it would make a difference but it made no difference at all, he wanted 3 additional MRIs that my insurance didn't agree with so I was left hanging. If you question why there won't be any farther treatment or instructions before getting the MRIs, the office woman whose only given name is in initials hollers at you for asking. This was a waste of my time and money, it caused my stress level to rise greatly as well as not healing any of my extremely painful foot conditions. Cynthia P.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Cynthia P. – Sep 28, 2020
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I’ve been seeing Dr. Cottom for an ongoing condition the past few years, he is hands down the best and most kind doctor I’ve ever had. His staff is great as well. I have absolute faith that Dr. Cottom will continue to be on my side as things progress. Thank you so much Dr. Cottom & staff!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Reema Khadre – Aug 10, 2020
Reema, you are most welcome. Thank you so much...Read More
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First and foremost Dr. Cottom, the front desk agent and radiology tech are wonderful and care about their patients. At my first visit, having brought the completed paperwork, I asked at intake why I repeat all the info already stated. No one even looked at my paperwork prior to coming in. She then told me I needed to " calm down." So I vented my opinion of her as I was seen by other staff and they ran out of the room saying "oh no, oh no" without explanation. Then the practice owner comes in, gives her scripted statement without even bothering to ask me why I was irritated. To top it off, the offending assistant comes back in the room to provide details of the next step (with a witness in the room that was never introduced to me). She wasn't even going to demonstrate how to wear the devices if I didn't ask first!! Are you kidding me???!! With the exception of Dr. Cottom and the kind radiology tech, I was treated like a potential liability to the practice instead of a patient with pain
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
2 people found this helpful
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Jul 25, 2020
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My daughter, Chloe, had an injury that bothered her off and on for almost a year. After visiting a handful of other doctors and not getting any answers we came to see Dr. Cottom. He was amazing. He explained what was causing the pain and had a plan to help stop it. With Chloe being a volleyball player, she wanted to get back on the court as quickly as possible. Not only did Dr. Cottom get us into an MRI appt right away, he was able to get her into surgery within the week (on Christmas Eve)! Being the worried mother I am I had questions in the following weeks after surgery. My emails and phone calls were followed up quickly by KP, his assistant. Within 8 weeks my daughter was back on the courts. We both couldn’t be any happier with the results. Thank you Dr. Cottom, Dr. Charles, KP and the rest of your staff!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Julie F – Mar 25, 2020
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Very nice and extremely knowledgeable physician. Dr Cottom gave me hope for the first time that I will live pain free. My surgery was flawless. His staff is superb, especially KP, who helped me through the pre and post processes. FANTASTIC DOCTOR AND STAFF!
What went well
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Debra M Hughes – Aug 21, 2019
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I needed a subtalar fusion relating to a calcaneus fracture two years ago. The fracture wasn't handled right elsewhere, and I was having trouble finding the right person I could have confidence in to do the fusion. I am so glad I found Dr. Cottom. I came down from WI because it seemed clear he is one of the best. A great decision. Surgery was a breeze. I would highly recommend seeing him for any foot and ankle complication. He is sharp, compassionate, motivated, extremely experienced, and thorough. Thank you Dr. Cottom.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Sean S – Jul 02, 2019
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I am very active middle aged adult with adult onset flatfoot that had finally gotten to the point where I was not able walk without pain. Dr. Cottom came highly recommended to me by a friend who is in the medical field. I had an absolutely great experience from start to finish. The surgery went well, never had any issues, office recommended PT office was excellent, all insurance paid without a hitch, follow up appointments were fantastic. The number one best thing is that Dr.Cottom actually takes time to talk to you and listen to you. That is priceless in this day and age when most Dr's have to rush everyone through. Never once did I feel rushed or unheard.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Lori – May 11, 2019
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Medical Disaster turned Medical MARVEL! Dr. James M Cottom is my orthopedic SUPERHERO! An Avenger in terms of correcting a wrong. He looked at my case methodically factoring in past history and potential future mobility dreams. Visionary - Honest - Direct. He transformed the accumulation of 3 prior botched surgeries that left me stunted - rebuilt my foot and ankle - which as rebuilt my LIFE! I am so grateful to be walking into my present and future thanks to Dr. Cottom ~ Superhero!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Lisa Steele Troutman in Bradenton, FL – Apr 29, 2019
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Dr. Cottom scoped my ankle and gave me a stem cell injection. The entire process from the initial visit to post op visits could not be more professional. I have arthritis in my ankle and want to alleviate some pain I have when hiking. Dr. Cottom is very knowledgeable, professional and skilled in my opinion. My recovery is going very well and I would highly recommend Dr Cottom.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Denny McCune in Sarasota, FL, F – Apr 19, 2019
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Exceptional, experienced surgeon, particularly for Achilles Tendon repairs. Openly & honestly communicates the problem post examination & options for correction based on a patient's future expectations. Having torn my Achilles, & desiring to return to my previous active lifestyle, Dr. Cottom performed the surgery which included attachment of an additional tendon for further reinforcement. In 3 months I was walking, 4 months running, & 5 months fully returned to all prior sporting activities.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Craig Musson in Bradenton, FL – Sep 22, 2018
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Dr Cottom has bn my foot specialist for the past 7yrs now he's bn very professional and consistent I am very pleased with the work he has done and I will not see any other docter but Cottom thank u Pam Holland
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Pamela Holland in Bradenton, FL – Aug 27, 2018
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Courteous, caring and super competent is Dr. Cottom! We couldn't be happier with the surgical outcome, and follow up care and therapy some two months post op. We very highly recommend his services to all! At 70 I've seen a doctor or two, and he's the best ever!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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VJ in Bradenton, FL – Jul 15, 2018
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Dr. Cottom does a great job from analyzing the situation and then doing what needs to be done. Recently had surgery at Lakewood Ranch. The surgery will hopefully get me on my feet again. The follow up has been great .
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Phil in Venice, FL – Jul 12, 2018
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Highly recommend! I was referred to Dr. Cottom for severe pain in both ankles due to wear and tear (bone spurs/bone on bone) from (juvenile on-set) Rheumatoid Arthritis. My options were ankle replacement or ankle fusion. Dr. Cottom has a wonderful bedside manner and was more than willing to fully discuss my options & answer my lists of questions.. I decided on ankle replacement surgery, as I wanted to continue having mobility in my feet, and am excited to participate in their study tracking the
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Kendra in Sarasota, FL – Jun 12, 2018
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I had a total ankle replacement in December 2017 by first of March 2018 I am walking without pain or any support. Recovery time was less than expected, pain/discomfort was minimal. Dr Cottom was very caring, spending time with my family to understand what was going be replaced and what to expect for recovery time. My surgery was a huge success returning me to a normal life style. I would highly recommend Dr Cottom his skills are superior.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Barbara in Venice Fl – Mar 21, 2018
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I went today to Florida Orthopedic Foot and Ankle on Bee Ridge and everyone was so nice, from the front desk to the doctors. Everything was explained and x-rays correctly showed the areas of concern. They planned my treatment with me and didn't dismiss my pain. Soooo much better than my experience at Kennedy-White, which was awful.
What went well
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What could be improved
No results
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Connie in Sarasota – Feb 27, 2018
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My experience with Dr. Cottom has been nothing but exceptional. I have been through a total of 5 ankle surgeries (4 on the right and 1 on the left) and Dr. Cottom is the only surgeon who has been able to fix me 100%. Dr. Cottom performed my 4th ankle surgery on the right and my first ankle surgery on my left and he was able to fix what the other surgeons couldn't. I couldn't be more grateful to him for giving me back my active life as a 19 year old and I would without a doubt recommend him!!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
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Nina Kramarski in Bradenton FL – Feb 26, 2018
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Biography

Dr. James Cottom, DPM is a Podiatric Surgery Specialist in Sarasota, FL. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Desoto Memorial Hospital and...Read more

Specialties

  • Podiatric Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery

Education

2005
Ilizarov Fellowship, Kurgon, Russia
Fellowship Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. James Cottom, DPM offer telehealth services?

Dr. Cottom has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

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What are Dr. James Cottom, DPM's top areas of care?

Dr. Cottom frequently treats Ankle Sprains and Strains, Ankle Arthroscopy, and Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Cottom treats.

Where is Dr. James Cottom, DPM's office located?

Dr. Cottom's office is located at 1630 S Tuttle Ave Ste A, Sarasota, FL 34239. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. James Cottom, DPM speak?

Dr. Cottom speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center

Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center1630 S Tuttle Ave Ste A Sarasota, FL 34239
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 3:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Cottom is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Desoto Memorial Hospital

Arcadia, FL

76% Patient Experience Rating, 7% higher than the national average

Doctors Hospital Of Sarasota

Sarasota, FL

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

8 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019)

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

Lakewood Ranch, FL

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

1 Award Received

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota, FL

78% Patient Experience Rating, 9% higher than the national average

4 Awards Received