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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!

What Do Shin Splints And Flat Feet Have To Do With Each Other?

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Everyone is unique. This is something we are told many times as children and it is true on a variety of levels. While most teachers and parents mean that each person has their own thoughts and feelings, it’s also important to realize that each person also deals with their own unique configuration of inherited physical traits that often get in the way of optimal physical activity. Some people have asthma which limits the amount of heavy breathing they can do comfortably, while others have weak knees which reduce the amount of time they can run. In addition, a surprising number of people have flat feet which put them at an increased risk for shin splints. Why do people with flat feet get shin splints? Let’s find out..

For the vast majority of the population, whether a foot is pointed in the air or pressed down on the ground, there is a definitive arch. The inside edge of a healthy foot can never touch the ground at the same level as your heel and ball because it is held aloft by a taut cluster of tendons pulled tightly between the ankle and the base of your toes. Like an archery bow, because of this tendon, the foot cannot sit flat and the arch provides springy support to each step..

People with flat feet, on the other hand, either don’t have this tendon at all or the tendon is strung too loosely to hold the foot tight. This creates what is medically known as Pes Planus which translates roughly to “feet like plains”. You can tell if you are flat-footed simply by taking off your shoe and pressing your foot to the ground. If the place where your arch is supposed to also touch the ground and your ankle rolls inward easily, you have flat feet. This will make it harder to maintain proper posture both standing and running, causing your feet to hurt often and increasing your risk of exercise-based injuries like shin splints..

Now that you understand flat feet, let’s talk about shin splints and see if you can figure out why the two are related before the end of the article. Shin splints are something that happens to most people as a result of running, jumping, falling, and occasionally walking. The clearest sign that you have accidentally contracted shin splints is a pain in your shins during or after active exercise on your feet..

Shin splints occur when the footsteps land too hard on the ground with a force greater than what your muscular and skeletal structures are prepared to support. Even if the muscles in your legs are quite strong, if your bones are impacted vertically by a step, you may experience pain, achiness, and swelling at a specific point in your shin. Your shins may also be tender and sore in response to gentle probes..

If you or someone you know has flat feet, there is a significantly increased chance of shin splints during exercise. The reason for this is that the springy arch that most people have acted as a shock-absorber, much like in your car when you go over a pothole. Every time someone with arched feet lands a step or a jump, that tendon stretches like a rubber band and absorbs some of the impacts which keep it off your shins. People with flat feet don’t have this shock-absorption so your shins are likely to take more impact damage with every step, whether you’re running, walking, or jumping down off of something.

People with flat feet are used to a little bit of foot and leg discomfort as a natural part of having an imperfect foot structure. However, the pain associated with flat feet is usually felt in the bottoms of your feet and possibly your knees and hips. If you start to feel pain, achiness, or tenderness in your shins, it’s time to see a medical professional.

For more useful information about foot care or shin splints, please contact us today.

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.


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