1026 Union Road
West Seneca, NY


Jay Thomas Hassenfratz, Foot/Ankle Specialist

Dr. Hassenfratz earned his bachelor of arts degree at Canisius College and is a graduate of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine where he was awarded the Dr. Marvin W. Shapiro Operative Podiatry Award for outstanding proficiency in podiatric surgery. He completed his residency/fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic with special training in foot fractures/ dislocations and diabetic foot pathology and reconstruction. Dr. Hassenfratz has been in private practice since 2002 and is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and the Center for Ambulatory Surgery.

Common Foot Problems

We treat these often.

We have supplied a few articles that discuss common foot problems and can be downloaded in Acrobat format (.pdf) and printed for your convenience. Accompanying these articles will be a few movies to further your understanding of foot problems and available solutions.


  • Athletic Injuries - Why wait at an emergency room for a lower extremity injury to your foot or ankle when you don’t have to? As a Podiatrist, Dr. Hassenfratz is trained in foot and ankle trauma. We also have on-site x-ray and ultrasound capabilities, and are able to review the x-rays and initiate treatment immediately.
  • Custom Molded Shoes - Individuals who have foot disorders that require special shoes can rely on us for this service. We integrate your gait analysis, x-ray findings, pressure plate analysis, clinical findings and shoe style into a shoe that is functional and aesthetically pleasing to you.
  • Diabetic Screening and Foot Care - An estimated 18.2 million Americans have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. An additional 5.2 million people have diabetes and do not know it. Circulatory and nerve damage problems caused by diabetes can leave patients with serious foot ulcers, and other conditions that, left untreated, can result in amputation. Diabetics should inspect their feet daily, and have them checked in our office at least once a year. Dr. Hassenfratz can order appropriate diagnostic tests, coordinate diabetic care with your primary care physician, and/or refer you to a qualified specialist if necessary.
  • Diabetic Shoe Program - Diabetic patients run a high risk of developing serious foot problems. Patients typically develop ulcers on the soles of their feet, which if not treated promptly and successfully, can progress to severe infections, gangrene, and possible amputation. Clinicians who treat diabetic foot problems recommend special shoes as part of the “Plan of Care” to avert amputations. In sections of the Social Security Act, Congress provides coverage for extra depth shoes with inserts for diabetics with certain hazardous conditions.
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Foot Disorders - Sprains and fractures, bunions and hammertoes, dislocations, dermatological conditions such as fungal toenails, and ulcers are just a few of the conditions we evaluate and treat.
  • Gait Analysis - Irregular shoe wear, in-toe or out-toeing, bowlegged, or a knock-kneed presentation are some of the conditions we that we evaluate during gait analysis. Dr. Hassenfratz will watch you walk to evaluate your current condition. Custom molded orthotics or bracing will often be needed to help correct these conditions.
  • Reconstructive Foot Surgery - Bunions and hammertoes, flat-foot deformities, and heel pain are the most common foot deformities that we are requested to surgically correct. These surgeries are done in an out-patient setting at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, St. Joseph’s Hospital or The Center for Ambulatory Surgery. Visit our animations to view these surgeries, so that you may get a better understanding of how these procedures are performed.
  • Wound Management - Wounds left untreated can become infected. It is important to be evaluated immediately so that we can quickly initiate wound management. If you are unable to follow our wound management program, we are able to provide home nursing care for you.
  • Pharmacy - Southgate Pharmacy is located within our facility, making your visits convenient and efficient.
  • Physical Therapy - We have an on-site physical therapy department. Our highly trained and qualified Physical Therapists offer you the ability to have your condition treated at our facility with a well coordinated treatment plan.
  • Podopediatrics - We have a good relationship with many pediatric physicians in our area. We will work with your pediatrician to ensure the best continuity of care for your child. Conditions that we commonly treat include gait abnormalities, dermatological conditions, fractures and sprains.
  • Shockwave Therapy - Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a form of treatment for recalcitrant heel pain/plantar fasciitis. This is a noninvasive form of treatment that can be done at our office.
  • X-rays for Foot and Ankle Injuries - We have on-site x-ray and ultrasound capabilities. We have the capability to read and evaluate x-rays with you immediately, enabling you to get a treatment plan initiated right away if necessary.

Foot medicine explained.

We have assembled some articles that may answer your foot and ankle concerns both before and after you visit us or receive treatment. All articles are available for download as a printable Acrobat document. We have also prepared a glossary of terms used commonly in describing and treating foot and ankle ailments.

Sports Orthotics:

Sports orthotics are extremely low profile, custom made arch supports that are designed to fit into soccer, baseball/softball, football, and lacrosse cleats, as well as into hockey or figure skates. The purpose of custom orthotics is to correct for foot deformities (most commonly low or high arches) or to accommodate for sport related injuries. Orthotics not only improve the level of foot comfort, but may also increase propulsion and/or speed. Custom made orthotics are far more effective than store-bought, off-the-shelf devices.

Skate/Cleat Orthotics:

Skate/cleat orthotics are low profile arch supports that can replace the provided foot bed (insole) of any skate/cleat. Whether it is a CCM, Bauer or Reebok, these devices will fit into the skate/cleat without a change in fit. For customers in the Western New York area, a computerized model of the feet is made through GaitScanTM technology. For customers outside the Western New York area, a foam impression box can be sent to your home for foot bed impressions. The make, model, and tracing of the foot bed of your skate/cleat is required upon submission of your impressions. The orthotics will then be shipped to your home within 2-3 weeks. In some instances your health insurance may cover the cost of orthotics. Many professional sports players already use this technology and recognize the advantages such devices give them.

Please contact our office regarding setting up an appointment or to have impression boxes sent to your home.


  • Onychomycosis/Fungal Toenails
    Fungal infections affect all ages, sexes and races. There may be many factors that predispose you to a fungal infection such as age, coexisting medical conditions such as...
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Spur Syndrome)
    Plantar fasciitis/heel spur syndrome is a condition that can affect most any age, body habitus, and race. The presenting symptoms are usually pain in the heel that may or may not...
  • Warts
    Warts are cause by a virus that has invaded the skin. They are part of the Human Papillomavirus family. Warts are more common in young adults and children. A small percentage...
  • Oral Antifungal - Oral antifungal treatment offers the best curative response to fungus nails. Literature has shown that there is a 50% to 80% cure rate in toenails. The length of treatment spans 3 to 4...
  • Status Post Nail Procedure - If you had the procedure today, expect that you may have bleeding through the bandages. If the bleeding is excessive, start your dressing changes earlier. See below for bandaging...
  • Vinegar Soaks - 1. Purchase gauze that is individually wrapped and marked sterile as well as Micropore tape. 2. Wash your hands thoroughly. 3. Keep gauze dry. 4. DO NOT touch the side of the gauze...
  • Post Operative Instructions - What's it for? Just in case you lose the copy we give you. The information on this form is critical to your safety and a healthy recovery from surgery. This form also lists tips for self-care and what you should expect during the recovery process. You can also use this sheet to log your progress or record your questions for your post-op visit.



Austin bunionectomy with Akin osteotomy
(Moderate bunion correction surgery)

Austin bunionectomy with single screw fixation
(Mild/moderate bunion correction surgery)

CBWO with screw fixation
(Severe bunion correction surgery)

End to End
(Mild to moderate hammertoe correction surgery)

Titanium Great Toe Implant (Hemi-Arthroplasty)
(Severe osteoarthritis 1st toe corrective surgery)

Weil Lesser Metatarsal Osteotomy
(Severe hammertoe correction procedure)