Dr. James Cottom, DPM

Dr. James Cottom, DPM

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Dr. James Cottom, DPM is a podiatry specialist in Sarasota, FL and has been practicing for 14 years. He specializes in podiatry, podiatric foot & ankle surgery, and more.

Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center

1630 S Tuttle Ave Ste A

Sarasota, FL 34239
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida, Inc.
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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No malpractice claims found for Florida
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Cottom's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Cottom performs Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Cottom performs this procedure more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Cottom performs Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Cottom performs this procedure more than 97% of his peers

Foot Conditions
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Cottom treats Foot Conditions more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Cottom treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Cottom's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tenotomy
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Disorders
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Fracture Repair
  • Ankle Fusion
  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankle Surgery
  • Arthritis of the Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Midfoot
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Diabetes-Like Foot Weakness
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot and Ankle Reconstruction
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Foot Care
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Heel Spur
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nail Avulsion and Excision
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Reconstructive Ankle Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Revision Surgery
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sever's Disease
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures

About Me

Biography

Dr. James Cottom, DPM is a podiatry specialist in Sarasota, FL and has been practicing for 14 years. He specializes in podiatry, podiatric foot & ankle surgery, and more.

Specialties

  • Podiatry
  • Podiatric Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Podiatric Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery

Education

Magna Cum Laude from Scholl College/Chicago Medical School
Medical School
2007
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center Columbus, OH
Fellowship Hospital
2005
AO International Foot & Ankle Fellowship, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Fellowship Hospital
2005
Ilizarov Fellowship, Kurgon, Russia
Fellowship Hospital
2005
Reconstructive & Trauma Surgery Of The Foot & Ankle At Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University
Residency Hospital
2002
Detroit Med Ctr Wayne State U
Internship Hospital
1997
Michigan State University
Undergraduate School
2007
2005
2005
2005
2002
1997

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Dr. Cottom's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Cottom

4.2

Based on 71 reviews

5 Stars
77.46478873239437%
(55)
4 Stars
2.816901408450704%
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
1.408450704225352%
(1)
1 Star
18.309859154929576%
(13)

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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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
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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!
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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 .
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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
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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.
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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.
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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!!
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Dr Cotton is one of the most compassionate doctors we have ever met. He has a great understanding of my daughter's complex medical conditions and explains every procedure in great detail. We would highly recommend him to our family and friends
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Dr. Cottom replaced my left ankle several years ago and recently cleaned up some bone growth. He did a great job, and I trust him completely with my ankles. He is an outstanding professional
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I give a five star rating Dr. Cottom for many reasons. He performed a complicated foot surgery that relieved severe pain and has restored my mobility. His aftercare was excellent, with frequent office visits that included x-rays each time. I was given a direct cell phone number of KP, his medical assistant who answered questions 24/7 after surgery. I have had a full recovery and Dr. Cottom is now attending to lesser foot issues regarding my other foot. He is kind, caring and extremely skilled.
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Dr. Cottom did such a good job on my right Achilles that I came back when I tore my left one. Now I have two Achilles tendons that are better than when we started. Dr. Cottom and his staff are great. He discusses the problem thoroughly and lays out the options, possible issues, procedures to take place, recovery times and best outcomes. After that we made a joint decision to correct the problem. He followed the plan developed and we achieved great success. I recommend Dr. Cottom.
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I am a new man thanks to Dr. James Cottom. His academic and medical credentials already spoke well for him, but I went with Dr. Cottom because he took the time to explain every aspect and possible outcomes of my ankle replacements. He is a patient and caring professional and his dedication to his patients is examplary.. I am on my feet and living a normal life again, after years of debilitating pain in both ankles. I trusted him and I am happy to report that it was the right decision.
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I ordered “custom” orthotics. They were much too hard. They were supposed to be adjusted (softened). Instead, they sent a completely new pair much too big instead of softening the originals. I could not get my feet into my shoes. So, I left them there and left the office. Now I have no orthotics which I paid for up front. Originally, I was told the orthotics would work for my shoes. The ‘adjusted’ orthotics did not fit in my shoes.
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I feel swindled. The doctor checks out a possible broken toe, painful to walk on and causing ankle swelling. Decides a problem in the ankle (toe was stubbed on kitchen chair in the middle of the night) sells me a non insurance covered ankle boot at the price insurance pays and 6 times his cost. Amazon sells for $46 prime, charged $265.00 to a limited income person. Was told the next day, we paid the insurance cost, normal cost is $500. 2 weeks later, ankle still swollen but will not go back
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Dr. Cottom is one of the best surgeons I have ever seen. I have a very complex ankle issue and he spent almost an hour explaining my issue and all treatment options. His background and credentials are top notch. I trust him and we came up with a treatment plan for my ankle. I had it replaced and am several months out from the surgery. I feel great and I am so happy I found Dr. Cottom. He has been there for me the whole time. He is very easy to talk to and truly cares about his patients.
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Dr. Cottom repaired my torn achilles tendon in March 2017. The surgery went very well with minimal post operative pain. Along with Dr. Plemmons, they were thorough, professional and took time to answer my questions, and treated me with courtesy and respect. I highly recommend Dr. Cottom and his staff.
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Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center

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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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Insurance accepted

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Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
Blue Care HMO
BlueDental Choice
NetworkBlue
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
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO

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