Mr John McKinley

Mr John McKinley

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB, BMSc (Hons), FRCS (Orth)

Specialises in

  • Ankle surgery
  • Bunion surgery
  • Foot surgery

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I completed all of my surgical and orthopaedic training in Edinburgh and then spent an additional year of specialist training with one of Australia’s top Foot and Ankle surgeons in Melbourne.

I have been a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh since 2007 and was the first consultant in Scotland to be appointed primarily as a foot and ankle surgeon. I also treat adolescent foot problems at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. I am the clinical lead for foot and ankle services in Edinburgh and I chair a committee at the Royal College of Surgeons and have been heavily involved in developing foot and ankle services in Scotland.

I am regularly involved in educating surgeons and allied health professionals and helped set up a national multidisciplinary foot and ankle group. I set up the ChM in trauma and orthopaedic surgery - a surgical distance learning programme resulting from the collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and am the programme director.

I deal with all aspects of foot and ankle pathology from bunion surgery to complex hind foot deformities, performing ankle replacements regularly. I was one of the first surgeons in Scotland to perform minimally invasive bunion surgery and use minimally invasive techniques regularly in the treatment of lesser toe deformities.

I have a special interest in treating sporting injuries and regularly treat players from the Scottish Rugby Union, Scottish Premiership Football clubs and from the Scottish Institute of Sport.


General Medical Council Number: C4111304

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr John McKinley at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Ankle fusion
  • Biopro Hemiarthroplasty
  • Scarf Osteotomy

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Additional information

Ankle surgery
Foot surgery
Orthopaedic surgery

Special clinical interests: All aspects of foot and ankle surgery including bunion surgery, ankle arthroscopy, sports injuries, hindfoot deformity, minimally invasive forefoot surgery, ankle replacement and Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT).

Professional memberships

British Orthopaedic Association

British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

European Foot and Ankle Society

Foot and Ankle Scotland

  • Morton's neuroma
  • Post-operative pain
  • Outcomes for bunion surgery
  • Total ankle replacements

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

I live in Edinburgh with my wife and son. My main interest outside of medicine is rugby and I played for Boroughmuir RFC and Dundee HSFP.

Telephone 0131 334 0363
Private secretary 07939 290486
Private secretary email