Project Description


Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon MBChB BMSc (Hons) FRCS (Orth)

Specialising in:

  • 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
Mr John McKinley

Treatment for: Ankle and foot pain, osteoarthritis, sports injuries, bunion, Morton’s neuroma, foot and toe deformities.

Private practice: Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Thursday all day, Monday 1:30pm – 4:00pm

I undertake medicolegal work in cases of personal injury and medical negligence for both pursuer and defender and in cases involving the foot and/or ankle. For more information please telephone 07939 290 486 or email

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, 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.

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

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

Fees: My fees range from £200 for an initial consultation to £120 for a follow up visit.

If you are insured please check the Fee Schedule, which we are required to make available to patients according to the Competition and Marketing Authority (CMA)

For patients self-funding their surgical treatment please call the ‘Self Pay Team’ at the Spire Edinburgh Hospitals on 0131 316 2507

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.


BOFAS Conference 2018

Anatomy@Edinburgh was delighted to support a demonstration of foot and ankle surgery at the recent British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Conference 2018.

Utilising cadaveric simulation, the faculty (Mr John McKinley, Edinburgh; Mr James Calder, London; Mr Chris Coetzee; Minneapolis; hosted by Tim Clough, Manchester) demonstrated flatfoot reconstruction, calcaneal osteotomy and Lisfranc fixation.

This event was organised in collaboration with Arthrex. 

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