Surgeon’s Assessment

The Foot and Leg Clinic pride themselves on genuinely providing the best quality of care and foot specialist they can. 

We have detailed our biomechanical assessment types for you through-out this website and you will see how detailed this is and hopefully you will by now appreciate the quality of experience of our clinicians.  Sometimes however, a biomechanical assessment is not enough to diagnose the patients injury. In this circumstance we are lucky enough to work with two vastly experienced Orthopaedic Surgeons. The Foot and Leg Clinic’s Specialist Orthotist and Physiotherapist will work closely with the surgeon to ensure all aspect of the rehabilitation process are considered, the team approach is always the best approach.

Joint assessment appointments can be arranged where the foot specialist clinician and surgeon are both in attendance at the patients Orthopaedic appointment.

Mr John McKinley
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB, BMSc (Hons), FRCS (Orth)

Treatment information

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

  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle replacement
  • Articular cartilage repair (MACI)
  • Bunion Removal and treatment
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment
  • Morton’s neuroma excision

Other treatments

  • Ankle fusion
  • Biopro Hemiarthroplasty
  • Scarf Osteotomy

Professional profile

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 program resulting from the collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and am the program 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.

Clinical Interests

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).

To arrange an appointment call The Foot & Leg Clinic now on 0141 433 7402, or book an appointment online today.