About Ankle Arthritis Centers

East Coast

Sarasota, FL

The East Coast Clinic



Planning your visit

The Ankle Arthritis Centers often treat patients from out of town.  If you are coming from a few hours away, out of state or international, why not undergo your treatment in a place where many people vacation!!!!  Our Florida location is in Sarasota, FL with beautiful year- round weather and world famous, Siesta Key beach.  We have teamed up with Perlasproperties.com to help those patients from out of town with their stay.  We work with a full team to assist in recovery including home health nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists to ensure a speedy and successful recovery.



Monday: 9-5

Tuesday : 9-5

Wednesday: 9-5

Thursday: 9-5

Friday: 9-5

Saturday: 10-1

Sunday: Closed

Dr James Cottom

Dr. Cottom received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Michigan State University. In 2002 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Scholl College / 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 and was affiliated with The Ohio State University. 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 Fellowship Trained Foot and Ankle Surgeon in the region who is trained on 13 FDA approved Total Ankle Replacements.  He has also helped design multiple ankle replacements that are currently FDA approved, published several papers on total ankle replacement in peer reviewed journals and has authored multiple book chapters on the same topic.

Dr. Cottom has authored numerous other 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 of the Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center 12-month Foot and Ankle Fellowship. 

Reviews & Endorsements

This is THE BEST medical facility I have ever had to visit. A few days before Christmas I dropped a huge solid wood door on my foot. The team here was quick to get me in last minute, gave fantastic customer service, communicated clearly what needed to happen, delivered phenomenal care, and did amazing following up with me. I have never felt so at ease with a doctor and medical staff before. Thank you all for caring and excelling at what you do. ^_^

– Katie Gilson

Reviews & Endorsements

After a recent brake of my foot, I ended up requiring surgery for a floating chip. I was so thrilled it was Dr. Cottom who I was referred to and did the surgery, his taking the time to explain, put my fears at bay and taking the extra steps in precaution towards my successful healing journey was appreciated. His staff was amazing and supportive and I was so grateful to have them as part of the team. Highly recommend for any foot and ankle support required. Most grateful Dr. Cottom and Staff for all your support!

– Karen Rudolf

Reviews & Endorsements

Dr. Cottom is by far the best ankle surgeon I have ever had. He is compassionate, trustworthy, and competent. I have had 5 ankle surgeries by the age of 19. 3 of which were NOT done by Dr. Cottom and all left me with unresolved problems and 5 years of constant pain and struggles. After meeting Dr. Cottom I knew he was the right surgeon for me. He completely fixed my right ankle after 3 previous surgeries and just fixed my left ankle for the first time in December. I am proud to say I am now fully active with no ankle pain and that is something I haven’t been able to say for a long long time. I would 100% recommend him to anyone!

– Nina Kramarski

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