Mr John McKinley


MBChB; BMSC(hons); FRSC (Orth)


Orthopaedic surgery

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Mr McKinley completed all of his 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.

He has 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. He also treats adolescent foot problems at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. He is the clinical lead for foot and ankle services in Edinburgh, and chairs a committee at the Royal College of Surgeons and has been heavily involved in developing foot and ankle services in Scotland.

Mr McKinley is regularly involved in educating surgeons and allied health professionals and helped set up a national multidisciplinary foot and ankle group. He set up and is the Program Director of the ChM in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery – a surgical distance learning program resulting from the collaborations between the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Mr McKinley deals with all aspects of foot and ankle pathology from bunion surgery to complex hind foot deformities, performing ankle replacements regularly. He 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.

He has 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.

His NHS practice is based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Mr McKinley lives in Edinburgh with his wife and son. His main interest outside medicine is rugby and he played for Boroughmuir RFC and Dundee HSFP.

Special interests

  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Ankle replacement
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Articular cartilage repair
  • Ankle fusion
  • Bunion removal and treatment
  • Minimally Invasive Bunion surgery
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
  • Morton’s neuroma excision
  • Achilles Tendon surgery
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Treatments and tests offered by Mr John McKinley at Nuffield Health

  • Bunion surgery (bunionectomy)
  • Achilles repair or reconstruction
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Ankle fusion
  • Ankle replacement

Locations Mr John McKinley works with

Related experience


  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • European Foot and Ankle Society
  • Foot and Ankle Scotland

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