Mr Robert Clayton

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MB ChB (Hons), FRCSEd (Tr&Orth)


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I took up post as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in February 2010 as the first surgeon in Fife with a major subspecialty interest in foot and ankle surgery. I perform the full range of foot and ankle surgery including ankle replacements, hindfoot deformity surgery, ligament reconstructions and arthroscopic ankle surgery using modern techniques. I carry out forefoot deformity correction using techniques which include the scarf osteotomy and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery for bunion correction; these procedures allow rapid post-operative mobilisation without the need for plaster casting. I also perform general and specialist foot and ankle trauma surgery. I introduced the Cartiva implant to Scotland for treatment of osteoarthritis of the great toe (hallux rigidus).

Having studied medicine in Edinburgh as an undergraduate, I qualified in 2000 and remained in Edinburgh for my basic and higher specialist surgical training. I undertook a specialist training fellowship in complex surgery of the foot and ankle in Glasgow in 2009, followed by a lower limb reconstruction fellowship in Toronto. I have undertaken further specialist training in ankle replacement and forefoot deformity correction surgery with leading European foot and ankle specialists in cities including Zurich, Bordeaux, Paris and Padua.

I have taken a leading role in developing foot and ankle surgical services in Scotland and across the United Kingdom. I organised and taught on specialist aspects of foot and ankle surgery for trainee surgeons and other health professionals.

I am a prominent member of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and was elected to its Scientific Committee in 2014.

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Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Robert Clayton at Spire include:

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Clinical interests

Ankle surgery
Foot surgery
Orthopaedic surgery

All surgery of the Foot & Ankle, especially in the forefoot: hallux valgus (bunion) surgery (including minimally invasive bunion surgery), Morton’s neuroma, toe deformity correction, heel pain including Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) and TOPAZ for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon pain. Cartiva implant for arthritis of the great toe (hallux rigidus). In the ankle and hindfoot: in particular ankle arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery, treatment of ankle pain, recurrent ankle sprains and instability, ankle arthritis and painful flatfoot.

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

European Foot and Ankle Society

British Orthopaedic Association

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

Foot & Ankle Scotland

Research and publications

Bunion surgery

Hallux (Great toe) joint replacement and fusion

Morton's neuroma

Heel pain

Outcomes lower limb surgery

Current NHS posts

Consultant Orthopaedic and Foot and Ankle Surgeon, NHS Fife - Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline

Personal profile

I have lived in Edinburgh since 1994 and have a range of outside interests which include walking, photography, travel, wine and malt whisky. These have increasingly taken a back seat recently as they have been superseded by the demands of his three small children.

Financial interests

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc.

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