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Revisiting: Get on the Good Foot!

Written by Elaine Lewis

Elaine revisits last month’s quiz. Revisiting: Get on the Good Foot!

Who remembers last month’s exciting quiz presented by Kelly about her excruciating foot pain? Here it is again:


Hey Kelly, remember our July 2006 Quiz, “Foot Pain Can’t Stand Up to Gout“?

Do I remember?!  I remember how humiliated I was!  Sure, Caralyn’s father’s gout, but how does that compare with my excruciating foot pain?!

I know that, Kelly, but Caralyn’s reportage was lilting and bouncy.



I got bumped for not being bouncy?

Let me put it this way, Kelly…  Yes.  But take heart, because your foot’s day has finally come!

You mean…

Yes!  (Drum roll please!)  And now, from the towering Hpathy Amphitheater in beautiful downtown…place…I give you, the incomparable, the incredible,  the irrepressible, and still fabulous… Kelly Youuunnnngggggg!!!!!!

Hi Everybody!  I hardly know what to say!  What does irrepressible mean?

I don’t know.

OK!  I’ll just start, then.  Ahem!  Um….Let’s see, this was a rather long time ago…I don’t really remember when my left foot started hurting but it was sometime in the afternoon–a long time ago.  I remember thinking, “Hey, my foot feels funny!”  Then “funny” turned to discomfort and it kept escalating from there.  I kinda felt like someone stomped on my foot but only in one small spot, if that makes any sense!  The top of my foot became gradually more painful as it went into evening.  By the time I was emailing you (11pm) I couldn’t put any pressure on it and definitely could not walk!

Amazing!  What happened to you?

I don’t know!  It felt like the long, thin bones on the top of my foot were broken, beat up or sprained, so bizarre!  I don’t even remember hurting it!

Anyway, the pain was pretty intense but I noticed that the backache I had earlier from gardening and lifting heavy patio stones was gone.

I decided to take ________ .   I took a 1M dose and went to bed.  I woke up later and the pain was really bad!  I guess I should have taken a 200C, the 1M apparently caused an aggravation, which surprised me because the pain was so intense, I thought it was a good match, but I guess it goes to show how strong a 1M really is.  I tossed and turned and finally fell back to sleep at 2:30.  In the morning, the pain was minimal and before the day ended?  Gone!


And our winner for this month’s quiz is…….Kelly Young!!!!  Wait….  How is that possible?

Yay!!!  I won!!!!! 

You voted in your own quiz???? 

It happened over a year ago!  I was just guessing along with everyone else!

Now I’ve heard of everything!  This has to be a first!  Well, it’s a good thing you did guess because there are no other winners!

Yay me!!!!!   I won!  I won! 

Alright, how did you do it?

Well, based on the bruised/beaten/sprained sensation and Ruta didn’t seem to cover enough of it; so, it had to be Arnica!  Isn’t it interesting how bad my memory is!?  

Not really.

I’ve decided I must have actually injured it but wasn’t aware of it. (“I’m fine”–another Arnica symptom?)  I have a pretty high tolerance for pain and will frequently “work through it” to get done whatever it is I’m working on. Sounds like Arnica to me!

Not to mention the “Pain in Small Spots”, for which Arnica is a 3!  Most people associate this rubric with Kali bich., so, yes, we got a lot of votes for Kali bich., followed by Ruta.  But, that was the peculiar symptom in the case, Pain in Small Spots, and I think most of our readers knew it, but Kali bic isn’t in the Injury rubric, so, it makes Arnica the only real choice.

So, James Brown’s got a song for you, Kelly: “Get On The Good Foot”!  


Very apropos!  Godfather of Soul, walk it on down!



About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and

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