The Foot and Ankle Center is home to Flagstaff and Prescott Valley orthopaedic surgeons who provide Flagstaff’s most comprehensive care for disorders and injuries of the foot. Stephen Knecht, M.D., and Chris Diefenbach, M.D., are foot doctors with additional, specialized training in diagnosis and treatment of the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, and skin surrounding the foot area. Both surgeons use medical, physical and rehabilitative methods, as well as surgery, to treat patients of all ages and walks of life – from world-class athletes and developmentally disabled children, to your neighbor next door.

Important to the team is Mary Anne Persons, PA-C. Mary Anne, a licensed medical provider, is highly skilled in the foot and ankle field of medicine. She has had extensive training and experience in how to examine, diagnose, prescribe medications, treat and assist in surgery. Together, the two providers form a team that seeks to not only treat, but also personalize the care experience at the Foot and Ankle Center.

Common conditions treated at the Foot and Ankle Center:

  • Arthritis
  • Complex conditions
  • Running injuries
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Impingement of the ankle
  • Bunions and hammer toes
  • Stress fractures
  • Trauma of the foot or ankle
  • Pediatric developmental foot issues
  • General orthopaedic problems in the foot and ankle

Many of the reconstructive procedures and surgeries can be found in the Patient Education library below. Each video has an option to print a brochure, share or copy a link to save and watch later.

Patient Education

Foot and Ankle Center Team

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Mary Anne Persons, PA-C

Mary Anne Persons, PA-C