Meet The Doctor

Dr. James Cottom D.P.M, FACFAS

Dr. James M Cottom, FACFAS mission is to provide personalized, high-quality care on an as-needed or preventative basis.  We have created a practice that we believe in and choose for our own family members.

Dr. Cottom is a  dedicated, experienced physician who believes in working with his patients to maintain and improve their health. We work together to serve your entire family for all of your lower extremity orthopedic needs in all stages of life. Dr. Cottom believes in providing comprehensive health care services to his patients in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  He also believes in educating his patients as he works with them to achieve the best outcomes possible.

Dr. Cottom is double board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is also one of only a very few Podiatric Surgeons who have completed a recognized American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society 12 month foot and ankle fellowship.  This is the same type of fellowship that MD/DO orthopedic surgeons complete if they wish to sub-speciize in Foot & Ankle surgery. He is the only Foot and Ankle Surgeon in Florida with this unique training.  He has a special interest in total ankle replacement including both primary as well as revision cases.


James M. Cottom, D.P.M., FACFAS

Orthopedic Fellowship Trained Foot and Ankle Surgeon
  • Trauma & Reconstructive Surgery of the Foot, Ankle, & Leg
  • Total Ankle Replacement
  • Adult and Pediatric Fracture Care
  • Adult and Pediatric Lower Extremity Orthopedics
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Revisional Surgery, Paralysis/Neuromuscular Surgery
  • Charcot Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Complex Deformity Correction
  • Conservative and Surgical Treatment of Diabetic Foot & Ankle

Dr. Cottom received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Michigan State University. In 2002 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Scholl College/ Chicago Medical School at Finch University, in Chicago, Illinois. Subsequently, he completed a three-year surgical residency in reconstructive and trauma surgery of the foot and ankle at the Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan focusing in all areas of Foot, Ankle, and Leg Surgery. Dr. Cottom is also extensively trained in the conservative and surgical treatment of diabetic conditions affecting the lower extremity including limb salvage.

Dr. Cottom is honored to be one of only a few podiatric surgeons in the United States and the only in the state of Florida that has completed a 12 month surgical fellowship at the prestigious Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Columbus, Ohio. This is a unique fellowship that trains both Podiatric and Orthopedic Surgeons. This advanced surgical training focused on foot and ankle trauma, reconstruction as well as total ankle replacement. This was completed in Columbus, Ohio under the direction of Gregory Berlet MD, Thomas Lee MD and Terrence Philbin DO at the prestigious Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center.  This is the same type of fellowship that MD/DO orthopedic surgeons complete if they wish to sub-specialize in the foot and ankle.

In 2005 he completed an AO International Trauma and Reconstructive Foot and Leg Fellowship under the direction of Dr. Sigvard Hansen MD in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Cottom also completed a Fellowship in Kurgan, Russia focusing on the Ilizarov technique for correction of acute trauma and complex deformities of the lower extremity in both adult and pediatric patients.

Dr. Cottom is currently the only Orthopedic Fellowship Trained Foot and Ankle Surgeon in the region who is trained on 7 FDA approved Total Ankle Replacements. Not every patient is a candidate for this type of treatment. During a short visit in the office all options can be explored.

Dr. Cottom has authored numerous publications in the area of Foot, Ankle, and Leg surgery and has won research awards both at the state and national levels for his work. He is very active in lecturing as well as in teaching the latest surgical procedures to other surgeons. He is a devoted patient advocate who strongly believes that the quality of education and training make a difference in treatment outcomes. Dr. Cottom is a member of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons which helps deliver superior continuing medical education to foot and ankle surgeons in the United States. He also serves as the Fellowship Director at the Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center 12 month Foot and Ankle Fellowship in Sarasota, FL.  A native of Michigan, Cottom now lives in Siesta Key, Florida with his wife Devin, daughter and 2 dogs.