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Foot numbing spray promises to eliminate high heel pain

Could a new spray help women be more comfortable wearing high heels? (Thinkstock)It may sound too good to be true, but a new foot numbing spray is promising to banish high heel pain.

Heel No Pain was developed by Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Randal Haworth. Its main ingredient is lidocaine HCI, a local anesthetic used by doctors and dentists, which reportedly penetrates the thick skin on the soles of the feet to numb the nerves that transmit pain.

One application of the spray is said to last about three hours and can be applied up to four times a day.

"It's certainly enough to get you through a red carpet event," Haworth tells The Daily Mail.

She was inspired to create Heel No Pain after treating many of her clients with foot pads and foot injections for high heel pain.

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But don't be fooled, ladies. While the numbing spray may sound like the answer to your stilettoed-prayers, keep in mind that it doesn't actually address the structural, bone, tendon and ligament problems caused by wearing high heels.

"It's not really curing a problem. It's really just masking the pain," Dr. Jaime Hernandez, an orthopedic surgeon at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute, tells ABC "It's important to listen and receive any signals the body is sending to you."

So far, personal reviews of the product have been mixed.

"Obviously the discomfort of wearing heels doesn't just magically disappear, but the pain that makes you want to take your shoes off, or sit down -- was gone," says Sophie Potts, a New York City event manager at Neuehouse.

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However, a staff member at ABC gave the spray a less glowing review.

"The foot without the spray, it feels like a foot that's been in a high heel all day long. It kind of hurts," says Cecilia Vega. "The foot with the spray, it kind of hurts too. I don't really notice that much of a difference."

The cucumber-scented spray will be released in 2014 on Biochemistry's website and comes in a one ounce size, $15, and a four ounce size, $32.

A different version of the spray has been developed for athletes who experience tendinitis, sprains and pulls. That version includes tea tree oil to help prevent athlete's foot, and peppermint oil to cool any burning sensation.

According to the American Osteopathic Association, prolonged use of high heels can shorten and tighten the muscles in the calves, back and Achilles tendon, leading to pain and muscle spasms. High heels can also cause hammertoe, a condition where the toes start to curl inwards due to exterior pressure on the bones.

For more on the high price of fashion and the toll that wearing high heels can take on your feet, check out the video below.


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