Dr. James Cottom, DPM

Dr. James Cottom, DPM

Podiatry  ·  

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Dr. James Cottom, DPM is a podiatry specialist in Sarasota, FL and has been practicing for 13 years. He specializes in podiatry, podiatric foot & ankle surgery, and more.

Flordia Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center at Arcadia Medical Associates

2030 Bee Ridge Rd Ste B

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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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Cottom performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
very high
more than 99% of peers
Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
very high
more than 99% of peers
Ankle Sprains and Strains
very high
more than 99% of peers

Dr. Cottom's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

3  Specialties

  • Podiatry
  • Podiatric Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Podiatric Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery

40  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Disorders
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis of the Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Midfoot
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Diabetes-Like Foot Weakness
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Heel Spur
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sever's Disease
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
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30  Procedures

  • Achilles Tenotomy
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Fracture Repair
  • Ankle Fusion
  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Ankle Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • 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
  • Fracture Care
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Reconstructive Ankle Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Revision Surgery
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


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

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Cottom has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Cottom's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cottom to family and friends
65 total reviews (38 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (65)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Cottom's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
Dr. Cottom Says:

Dear Patients, thank you for taking the time to let us know how we are doing. If you are happy with our care, please refer a friend. If for some reason, you are not, please feel free to contact me directly. We are committed to providing you with the best possible care. Looking forward to getting you back on your feet.


Patient Comments (38)

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...more
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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...more
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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...more
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