Stephen L. Knecht, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Foot and Ankle, Orthopaedic Trauma

Dr. Knecht is the only board certified orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon in Northern Arizona. Highly regarded as one of the best, Dr. Knecht has additional, specialized training in foot and ankle disorders. These may include problems of the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, and skin. He uses 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.

Working in tandem with Dr. Knecht is physician assistant Erin Engel, PA-C. Erin is skilled in the foot and ankle field of medicine and has extensive experience with examining, diagnosing, prescribing medications, treating and assisting 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 by Dr. Knecht and his team in the Foot and Ankle Center:

  • 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

Dr. Knecht completed advanced training and earned two fellowships; one in the evaluation and treatment of foot and ankle problems, and the other in musculoskeletal trauma.

In his free time, he and his wife, Kristi, enjoy mountain biking, surfing, skiing, hiking and exploring the backcountry of Northern Arizona and Colorado. They are also both actively involved in annual orthopaedic mission trips to Central America, treating lower leg deformities, and hip and knee arthritis in areas of need.


  • Foot and Ankle Fellowship Sydney, Australia
  • Trauma Fellowship Auckland Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Orthopaedic Residency University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Doctorate of Medicine New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

Personal Quote

“My passion is medicine and the people it helps. I focus on spending time with my patients, getting to know them and creating positive relationships with them. People are more at ease when they know and trust you.”

Patient Testimonials

”Dr. Knecht has treated my daughter's clubfoot since birth. He truly cares about her and her condition. He is understanding of our situation and helps us make decisions that are in her best interest. He helped us to understand her diagnosis, when we found out before her birth. He went above and beyond to get her evaluated and treated. He helped us to get other specialists on board as well. The compassion he showed us will never be forgotten. He may be busy, but the care that he shows for patients does make up for any wait. We wouldn’t have chosen anyone else in AZ to treat our daughter.“


”My husband was suffering with a flare up of spinal stenosis and he had an apt with Dr. Knecht who is a foot and ankle specialist. When he heard of my husband's primary problem and our need to travel in one weeks’ time across the country to our daughter’s wedding, he saw a need and solution. We heard him on his cell phone asking his associate to fast-track him so that he would be able to attend the wedding. Thanks to Dr. Knecht, my husband walked his daughter down the aisle!“


”Dr. Knecht is an excellent and caring surgeon. He really did a stellar job on the complex surgery to fix my foot.“


”Best experience we had with a doctor in a long time. Great surgeon! Ankle tendons and ligaments repaired.“


”Dr. Knecht’s competence speaks for itself. I believe he uses a magic wand instead of a scalpel! He is wonderful and I feel so lucky to have had him recommended to me. “