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PRINE Health is leading, foot first.

PRINE Health is proud to introduce PRINE Podiatry, a podiatrist in Port Washington, which is a new complementary offering towards our goal of providing a more comprehensive level of care to our patients.



Dr. Alec Hochstein, is a 1997 graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, practicing on Long Island’s North Shore where he lives with his wife and two children.

Dr. Hochstein is Board Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, he is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) as well as the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA).

Dr. Hochstein is privileged to be actively involved in the training of future doctors of podiatric medicine at residency training programs in New York City and Long Island New York, including the prestigious hospital programs of New York Hospital of Queens, Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Northwell Health System.

Dr. Hochstein maintains other interests in areas of physical fitness and nutrition, as well as Internet technology, social media marketing. He has lectured both locally and nationally on various topics related to both medicine and technology in the medical office.



Are you sick of dealing with those pesky warts? Well, PRINE Podiatry is here to inform you of their brand new, effective Swift Technology used to treat and prevent the emergence of warts. Verrucae, also known as plantar warts, is a common foot issue people deal with on a regular basis. It can often be embarrassing and difficult trying to cover up these warts due to their appearance and placement. Most often, patients will get these types of warts on the bottom of their feet or on the balls of their heels. Luckily, you don’t have to be embarrassed any longer!

7 Things You Should Know About Shin Splints

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Shin splints are fairly common among casual fitness enthusiasts as well as professional athletes. You usually feel the discomfort in your legs either during your workout or immediately afterward. Left untreated, they can cause you to pain for several days or even weeks. A number of treatments are available, and shin splints are easily preventable with proper care of your legs and feet. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle overall will also help you avoid common injuries. Consult a podiatrist in port washington for more information.

Here are seven common questions about shin splints:


A shin splint is a pain in the front of the lower leg or tibia (shin) bone. They can occur during running, walking, dancing, or any other high-impact exercise. Your legs can also start hurting after you have finished working out, and you may experience some leg swelling. Leg bones, tendons, and muscles are all affected by overwork or increased activity.


Those irritated and swollen muscles can cause shin splints, especially in someone new to vigorous exercise. Sudden changes in routine or excessive leg strain will likely lead to shin splints. Weak hips or core muscles can also contribute to the condition, as can high arches or over-pronation of the feet.


Avid runners frequently complain about them. However, shin splints are extremely common, and anyone can experience them, from novice exercisers to professional athletes. Dancers and skaters of all levels are at risk, as well.


A physician can determine whether the patient has shin splints from an exam or from consulting a patient's medical history. They are commonly confused with stress fractures, which also cause lower leg pain and are more serious. An X-ray can confirm whether a stress fracture is causing your pain.


The decision to treat them usually depends on whether the pain becomes chronic. Stretching your leg muscles after working out may help if they are inflamed. Many times, they heal on their own and don't require any professional treatment.

Common remedies include:

•Resting your legs for up to one week, if necessary. In the meantime, consider doing some cross-training activities, such as cycling or swimming, that are low-impact and won't worsen your leg pain.
•Applying ice to the affected area, three to four times a day as needed, for 15-20 minutes at a time.
•Taking ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
•Wearing orthotics can help if you have flat arches (over-pronation).
•Making shoe modifications, replacing worn out sneakers with a pair that fits properly and offers the most support. Dancing shoes and skates should be supportive and in good shape.


A common misperception is that shin splints can lead to stress fractures. Shin splints themselves do not cause stress fractures. Rather, people tend to confuse the two conditions because of the symptoms they share. The most reliable way to confirm a stress fracture is with an X-ray.

•Don't push it! Be aware of your limitations when starting a new fitness program.
•If you run outdoors, stick to smooth, straight paths. Avoid hills and rough ground.
•Wear proper footwear to avoid overworking your legs.
•Wear shock absorbing insoles in your shoes.
•Improve your core by incorporating strength training, to lessen your chances of injury.

Our podiatrist in port washington are trained and Board Certified, to better serve you. Do you have more questions or concerns about shin splints? Contact us to receive more information or to schedule an appointment with our office.

Meet the Podiatrists

Dr. David Sands - DPM
Dr. Ruby Gardner - DPM

About Dr. Sands

David J. Sands, DPM is an award-winning podiatrist who views personalized service and patient education as an integral part of healing. His commitment to helping you understand the origin of your foot and ankle symptoms.

Dr. Sands earned his DPM from The New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1996. He completed a residency at the Catholic Medical Centers of Brooklyn and Queens.


Dr. Alec Hochstein takes patients from start to finish when it comes to wound care. He is not satisfied until the wound is completely healed. His methods of treatment for non-healing diabetic ulcers is notable. I approached Dr. Hochstein in August of 2014, with a persistent non-healing Diabetic Ulcer. The Ulcer was deep and rather large, To date the Ulceration is microscopic thanks to the wound care treatment that was received. I'm able to live a Happy and Healthy Life thanks to Dr. Alec Hochstein and his team of employees. I highly recommend this provider for any foot care or wound care needs.

Melissa K.

Dr. Sands is an outstanding Podiatrist. He is professional, courteous, a gentleman and extremely interested in the health of his patients. David is most accommodating and doesn't make patients wait a long time to be seen. His office staff is equally as polite and welcoming and they all run a 5 Star practice.

My son had an ingrown toenail and we needed an urgent appointment. We were seen on the same day. The receptionists were very welcoming and friendly and we saw the doctor within a few minutes. The doctor was friendly, competent, diagnosed the problem correctly, and operated very diligently. Extremely pleased and highly recommended.

Jonathan H.

As a patient of Dr. David Sands for over 15 years. He is professional, patient, knowledgeable and uses the latest technology when treating his patients, something that other doctors are not. I highly recommend him if you have issues with your feet.

Kristen R.


7 Bond Street
Great Neck Plaza, NY
(516) 482 – 5999

36 Main Street
Port Washington, NY
(516) 883 – 8313

560 Northern Blvd. Suite 210
Great Neck, NY
(516) 482 – 8826

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