Mr Robert Clayton, having studied medicine in Edinburgh as an undergraduate, qualified in 2000 and remained in Edinburgh for his basic and higher specialist surgical training.He undertook a specialist training fellowship in complex surgery of the Foot & Ankle in Glasgow in 2009, followed by a lower limb reconstruction fellowship in Toronto.
Mr Clayton has undertaken further specialist training in ankle replacement and forefoot deformity correction surgery with leading European Foot & Ankle specialists in cities including Zurich, Bordeaux, Barcelona, Paris and Padua. Mr Clayton took up post as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in February 2010 as the first surgeon in Fife with a major subspecialty interest in Foot & Ankle surgery.
He performs the full range of Foot & Ankle surgery including ankle replacements, hindfoot deformity surgery, ligament reconstructions and arthroscopic ankle surgery using modern techniques. He carries out forefoot deformity correction using techniques such as the scarf osteotomy for bunion surgery; this allows rapid post-operative mobilisation without needing plaster casts. He performs ankle stabilisation surgery for painful instability (giving way or twisting).
He performs knee arthroscopy, knee replacement surgery and trauma surgery. Mr Clayton has taken a leading role in developing Foot & Ankle surgical services in Scotland and has organised and taught on specialist aspects of Foot & Ankle surgery for trainee surgeons and other health professionals.