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Dr. Martha F. Thornton, D.P.M.

Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist)

Dr. Martha Thornton is a podiatrist practicing in Riverside, IL. Dr. Thornton is a medical doctor specializing in the treatment of the foot , ankle and related parts of the leg. As a podiatrist, Dr. Thornton diagnoses and treats conditions of the feet. The feet are key body parts that give a person stability, absorb shock, allow for walking and standing and are necessary for overall well-being. So, the feet need expert care. Podiatrists can specialize in surgery, wound care, sports medicine, diabetic care and pediatrics.
Dr. Martha F. Thornton, D.P.M.
  • Aledo, IL
  • Accepting new patients

Could foot odor be a sign of an infection?

Place 1/3 cup of Baking Soda + 1/2 gallon of warm water in a pan, then soak your feet for approximately 8-10 minutes, Pat Dry. Next, apply daily either "Certain Dri Clinical READ MORE
Place 1/3 cup of Baking Soda + 1/2 gallon of warm water in a pan, then soak your feet for approximately 8-10 minutes, Pat Dry. Next, apply daily either "Certain Dri Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant Roll-On, the strongest anti-perspirant you can get without a prescription" or Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant of your choice to your feet daily. Allow the solution to air dry before putting on your socks and shoes. Once you notice the odor and/or sweating has resolveof the feet then, you can apply the clinical strength anti-perspirant every other day, or twice weekly to help keep this issue under control.

I have white spots on the bottom of my feet. What could these be?

This could possibly be a Tinea pedis (athletes foot infection). I recommend that you wear leather or mesh-made tennis shoes and cotton socks, because they will allow the feet to READ MORE
This could possibly be a Tinea pedis (athletes foot infection). I recommend that you wear leather or mesh-made tennis shoes and cotton socks, because they will allow the feet to stay dry and breathe better. Plastic or manmade materials used in shoes and/or nylons will worsen the condition. There are over-the-counter medications like Lotrimin or Clotrimazole creams that are indicated for the treatment of fungal infections of the feet and inter-digital spaces of the feet. I recommend changing socks daily and rotating the wearing of your shoes if you have sweaty feet. Rotation of the shoes will allow them - the shoes - to dry out.

My legs and feet become very heavy during my periods. What is the connection and how can I manage the pain better?

This heavy sensation that you are describing may be related to water retention. Consumption of salty foods or salt could cause the body to retain intra-cellular water. Renin, READ MORE
This heavy sensation that you are describing may be related to water retention. Consumption of salty foods or salt could cause the body to retain intra-cellular water. Renin, "a chemical an enzyme secreted by and stored in the kidneys that promotes the production of the protein angiotensin." Renin-->Aldosterone = "an enzyme secreted by and stored in the kidneys that promotes the production of the protein angiotensin." Angiotensin, which causes vasoconstriction of arterial blood vessels in the body, resulting in hypertension, AKA high blood pressure, and Angiotensin II salt retention, which result in swelling in the extremities. Next, the heavy sensation that you are feeling in your legs may be associated with intermittent claudication ca be spasms or cramping pain (or heaviness, or fullness sensations felt in the feet and legs on walking or exercises that is relieved on rest, and elevation of the feet above the level of the hips or heart). The online definition of intermittent claudication = "a condition in which cramping pain in the leg is induced by exercise, typically caused by obstruction of the arteries."
I don't know of any exercises that you could do to help the pain in your legs during your periods. However, wearing some over-the-counter support hoses or compression socks below the knees ("below the knee" means at the patella bone of the legs is where the hoses or socks come up to) may help with the swelling in the feet and legs. But these compression hoses or socks are not recommended for any person who has congestive heart failure, or who has an ankle-arm index value below 0.50. Therefore, the congestive heart failure and the ankle-arm index can be diagnosed by the your primary care physician or provider. Online definition congestive heart failure: "Congestive heart failure symptoms is a heart condition that causes symptoms of shortness of breath, weakness, fatigue, and swelling of the legs, ankles, and feet. There are four stages of the disease. Treatments options include diet, medication, exercise, and weight loss." In closing, please schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or physician to make sure that your heart and kidneys are working properly.

Why do I keep getting blisters even after switching shoes?

If the blister is localized on the outer side-back of the heel, there may be an underlying bone spur on the heel that is rubbing on the back inside of the counter (back of your READ MORE
If the blister is localized on the outer side-back of the heel, there may be an underlying bone spur on the heel that is rubbing on the back inside of the counter (back of your shoe). The friction, pressure, or shearing forces exerted on the skin on the back of the heel can result in micro trauma-injury at the affected area, thereby causing a blister(s), inflammation, redness, swelling, and pain to develop.

Treatment: protect the affected area(s)-tissue, reduce pressure. Band-Aid by Johnson & Johnson manufacture (ex. Band Aid Heel Blister Bandage or Band Aid Blister Ampoules); wearing open back sanders, wearing a soft back counter shoe; over the counter orthotics may help to control the function of the foot on ambulation. Topical antibiotic medication covered with a regular flexible cloth band aid applied to the affected area until the area has healed. Seek medical care from a foot specialist if symptoms don't improve with conservative care.

Foot pain in the morning

If the pain is localized in the arch and heel of the affected foot, you may have plantar fasciitis and heel pain syndrome. Treatment of choice: 1. Avoid bare footed ambulation; READ MORE
If the pain is localized in the arch and heel of the affected foot, you may have plantar fasciitis and heel pain syndrome. Treatment of choice: 1. Avoid bare footed ambulation; 2. Wearing a night splint while sleeping will help to stretch the tight plantar fascia; 3. Icing the affected area of the heel and arch in the evenings for approximately 5-8 minutes for the treatment of pain and inflammation. Make sure not leave ice in one place too long. Icing in a circular pattern the affected area in the evenings; 4. May take tylenol for the treatment of pain and inflammation; 5. Orthotic therapy "Power Step Orthotics" may purchase at sporting good store or online at Amazon. The are fitted according to your shoes size. The orthotics work best in tennis shoe. However, take out the shoe insole that came with the shoes, then place the prefabricated orthotics in your shoes. Start out trying to wear the device for about 60 minutes the first day then gradually increasing your wear-time in 15 minutes intervals (e.g. 60 minutes, then 1hr and 15 minutes, then 1hr and 30 minutes). This particular break-in -period is the most effective in some individuals. However, some individuals can start out wearing the orthotics all day without any problems like calf pain or increase pain in the feet because the body has to adjust to walking correctly with the orthotics in the person's shoe. Some individuals experience pain in their feet, ankles, knees, hips, and lower back while doing the wearing break in-period of the orthotics this is normal.

What is the best way of recovering from a sprain?

R.I.C.E immediate treatment of an an ankle sprain. R = rest; I = ice the affected area for the treatment of pain and inflammation; C = compression therapy with application of ACE READ MORE
R.I.C.E immediate treatment of an an ankle sprain. R = rest; I = ice the affected area for the treatment of pain and inflammation; C = compression therapy with application of ACE wrap or compression ankle brace; E = elevation of the affected ankle-foot above the level of the hips or heart for approximately 1-2 hrs per day (this elevation can be performed in 15-20 intervals). You may want to follow up with a foot care podiatrist or orthopedic specialist.

I have had repeated sprains in my ankle. Will it keep happening? What can I do?

Recurrent ankle sprains may be the result of weakness or previously injury ligaments of the ankle (e.g Deltoid Complex -inner ligaments and/or injury to the Lateral ligamentous READ MORE
Recurrent ankle sprains may be the result of weakness or previously injury ligaments of the ankle (e.g Deltoid Complex -inner ligaments and/or injury to the Lateral ligamentous tissue such as the Anterior-Talofibular, anterior calcaneofibular, and posterior calcaneofibular: syndesmosis tear). Recommend podiatrist or orthopedic consult. Also, if you have an high arch deformity foot type, then a pair custom made orthotics may help to prevent recurrent ankle sprains vs surgical intervention for repair of possible ligaments in the affected ankle-foot.

Is dipping feet in hot water with Epsom salt supposed to help my heel spurs?

Sometimes Epson Salt and warm water foot soaks can help to relieve tendonitis, or muscle pain in the feet. However, I don't think if will help your heel spurs. If you have heel READ MORE
Sometimes Epson Salt and warm water foot soaks can help to relieve tendonitis, or muscle pain in the feet. However, I don't think if will help your heel spurs. If you have heel spurs then you must have plantar fasciitis (arch and heel pain). The best treatment is orthotic therapy. The plantar fasciitis, heel pain syndrome, and heel spurs are due to possible abnormal subtalar and mid-tarsal joint pronation on closed kinetic chain ambulation and weight bearing. Treatment of choice: "Power Step Orthotics", avoid barefooted ambulation and weight bearing; icing the affected area of the arch and heel in the evenings for the treatment of pain and inflammation. Also, a night splint may help to sleep in to help stretch the tight plantar fascia. Tylenol may help to relieve the pain and inflammation. Do not take more that 8 tablets per day or take any other medications containing acetaminophen. If you don't noticed any improvement make an appointment with a podiatrist to be evaluated and treatment of you foot condition

I have pus-filled white bumps around my ankle. What could this be?

Get a dermatologist consult or make an appointment with a dermatologist.

Are there any side effects of wearing acupuncture slippers for a long time?

Sorry, that I am unable to provide you with answer regarding wearing of acupuncture slippers. However, I have prescribed electronic acupuncture therapy in the treatment of painful READ MORE
Sorry, that I am unable to provide you with answer regarding wearing of acupuncture slippers. However, I have prescribed electronic acupuncture therapy in the treatment of painful conditions affecting the feet (plantar fasciitis, heel pain syndrome, metatarsalgia, etc.)

Why do I have flat feet?

Pes Planus (AKA flat feet) are the results of weakening of the plantar fascia; heredity. However, abnormal pronation at the subtalar and mid-tarsal joint pronation can result READ MORE
Pes Planus (AKA flat feet) are the results of weakening of the plantar fascia; heredity. However, abnormal pronation at the subtalar and mid-tarsal joint pronation can result weakening of the plantar fascia--> painful plantar fasciitis (pain in inner arch and heel) on prolong ambulation, and weight bearing. Other associated foot issues can develop in individuals with flat feet-falling arches such as pain in the ball of the feet (AKA metatarsalgia or capsulitis), hammer toe deformities, bunion deformity at the big toe joint, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis, neuroma pain; knee pain (pes anserine tendonitis), hip, and lower back pain. Whereas, high arch (Pes Cavus) is a poor shock absorption, foot type that can cause instability in the ankle and/or result in recurrent-chronic ankle sprains.

How can I control the bad smell from my feet?

I have recommended that my patients suffering from Bromhidrosis(foul odor) or Hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet) condition do the following: 1. Pour 30 ml of Apple Cider Vinegar + READ MORE
I have recommended that my patients suffering from Bromhidrosis(foul odor) or Hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet) condition do the following:

1. Pour 30 ml of Apple Cider Vinegar + 1/2 gallon of warm water in a pan and soak the feet for approximately 10-15 minutes.
2. Pat dry.
3. Next, apply, either Secret Clinical or Degree or Dove strength antiperspirant to the bottom of the feet and between the toes daily until the pores sweat less and/or the odor has resolved. Drysol Antiperspirant may cause skin irritation or a rash in individuals who may be allergic to aluminum salts.
4. Another excellent product Certain Dri Roll On Antiperspirant can be applied daily for the treatment of sweaty feet.
5. Make sure to wear cotton or microfiber socks, wear shoes made of leather and avoid wearing plastic and non-man made shoes.
6. Inspect the feet daily for redness, drainage, open sores, change in color, change in temperature, swelling or any other signs of inflammation.

Why do I keep getting an ingrown toenail?

Most individuals tend to develop recurrent ingrown toenail issues because the nail plate margins grow too far down into the inner and outer nail fold-groove areas of the affected READ MORE
Most individuals tend to develop recurrent ingrown toenail issues because the nail plate margins grow too far down into the inner and outer nail fold-groove areas of the affected toe (the nail plate side may appear "c" or square shape) on the side, increasing the risk of developing an ingrown toenail condition. I recommend that you find a podiatrist to perform a partial matrixectomy on the ingrown margins. Thereby, possibly resulting in rending the effect to complete resolution of this onychocryptosis (ingrown toenail condition).

Why does my foot feel heavy?

This heaviness, or fatigue sensation that you are experiencing in your feet may be due to a condition called "intermittent claudication" which is is sometimes caused by arterial READ MORE
This heaviness, or fatigue sensation that you are experiencing in your feet may be due to a condition called "intermittent claudication" which is is sometimes caused by arterial circulation problems affecting the lower limb.
If the heaviness or fatigue sensation starts after walking approximately 1/2 block and the sensation is relieved on rest or elevation of the feet above the level of the hip or heart, then this can be consistent with intermittent claudication. However, if you are experiencing restless movement or like something crawling on your feet or legs: cramping or spasms in your feet and/or legs that is relieved on dangling your feet over the side of the bed or getting out of bed and walking around the room until the cramps or spasms have resolved-stopped, then this issue or condition may be consistent with "Rest Pain" or Restless leg Syndrome that is due to decreased circulation in the lower extremity. Low potassium and/or magnesium may cause cramping or spasms in the the feet and legs in the evenings.

Why do my feet hurt every time I run?

You may be experiencing symptoms that are usually associated with abnormal subtalar and midtarsal joint pronation on closed kinetic chain ambulation or while running. I would recommend READ MORE
You may be experiencing symptoms that are usually associated with abnormal subtalar and midtarsal joint pronation on closed kinetic chain ambulation or while running. I would recommend that you purchase a pair of "Powerstep full length Orthotics" and try wearing them in your shoe to help control and/or decrease in the abnormal pronation. You can purchase Power Step Orthotics online at Amazon. They are sized to regular shoe size (e.g. if you wear a size 9 medium in a male, then look at the size chart for your particular shoe size). I prescribe Power Step Orthotics which are pre-fabricated devices that tend to work well and are reasonably priced. Since most individuals can afford to buy custom made orthotics that can cost between $200.00 - 450.00 and most insurance plans don't cover orthotics.

A glass piece has gone inside my foot and the area has become red. Will a podiatrist be able to help me?

Yes, a podiatrist who performs surgery on the foot will be able to help you. The podiatrist might order some X-rays or MRI to see if they can find the location of the piece of READ MORE
Yes, a podiatrist who performs surgery on the foot will be able to help you. The podiatrist might order some X-rays or MRI to see if they can find the location of the piece of glass and size of it. Most likely, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove the glass from your foot.

Ingrown toenail surgery now have thick ridged nails

I have been prescribing the following "Kerasal or FungiNail topical antifungal medications to my patients with a very successful outcome and resolution of the fungal nail condition. READ MORE
I have been prescribing the following "Kerasal or FungiNail topical antifungal medications to my patients with a very successful outcome and resolution of the fungal nail condition. The topical antifungal medication must be applied twice daily and it may take some considerable time to eradicate the fungal toe nail condition. Also, if you have an Athletes Fungal infection on the bottom of the feet and between your web spaces, then theses issue must be treated to prevent recurrent fungal nail condition. All the topical antifungal medications can be purchased over the counter without a prescription.

Is hammertoe genetic?

1. Make sure to wear shoes with a deep, round or square toe box style shoe gear to accommodate for your hammer toe deformity. Also, a tennis shoe. 2. There is a simple toe READ MORE
1. Make sure to wear shoes with a deep, round or square toe box style shoe gear to accommodate for your hammer toe deformity. Also, a tennis shoe.
2. There is a simple toe sling type of pad that you can apply in the morning and remove in the evenings. Please do not use any medicated corn pad onto the 3rd toe, if you have started to develop a corn on the top of the middle joint of the hammer toe deformity. However, you may require surgical intervention in the future to correct your hammer toe deformity (e.g. arthroplasty-remodeling of the affected joint or arthrodesis fusion of the deformity). These procedures are performed as the gold standard depending on the severity of one's hammertoe deformity. www.Pedifix.com "Toe Straightener" for a single toe.