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Now that foot pain is on my radar, it seems to pop up everywhere. This week in the media it was pretty high heel-intensive to say the least.
Stars on top
The first item that ran in People Awards Season Special February 2014 is right out of the Heel No Pain playbook. The article, “We Walked in Their Shoes”, had their editors try on the favorite shoe designers of nine top celebrities (Ruthie Davis worn by Sofia Vergara, Stuart Weitzman worn by Diane Kruger, Nicholas Kirkwood worn by Lupita Nyong’o etc. etc.) and report the results. All nine styles were pronounced beautiful but, alas, all but two left something to be desired in the comfort department.
What was missing from the picture, of course, was a quick spritz of Heel No Pain/Style that could keep these ladies on their toes longer and easier. This Oscar season, beauty without compromise is an attainable goal, at least for a few hours.
The next item was sent to me by a friend from the 15 February 2014 UK edition of THE WEEK which itself had excerpted ‘How to Wear High Heels’ from the Daily Mail piece ‘How to Survive in High Heels’ that ran in January. In the article, Mary Helvin, who was a top British model in the 1960s alongside Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy – and who is still, for the record, quite lovely – gives her practical and invaluable advice on negotiating stiletto challenges.
Read all about it: How to Survive in High Heels
Check out this funny (and relevant) cartoon by Peter Arkle in the March 2014 issue of Fast Company.
Neither Heel No Pain/Active nor Heel No Pain/Style by Biochemistry are intended as a substitute for medical treatment. Heel No Pain/Active and Heel No Pain/Style are non-prescription products for the temporary relief of discomfort in the feet. If pain is chronic, follows an injury or lasts for more than three days without ceasing, see an appropriate physician or health care professional.
Tested, Ticked: A new sole-numbing spray made by a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon
“So worth shipping. It stopped my feet aching in four-inch heels for three hours. Amazing!”
- Anna, Writer / Sub-Editor – ‘February 19th 2014 issue of SHOP TIL YOU DROP Magazine’
“Heel no Pain” Spray Q&A with Creator Dr. Haworth
By Jessica Tumio
Unless Iron Woman walks among us, it’s generally unheard of for a lady to go the full day wearing high heels and not complain once about foot pain. Whether it’s the balls of the feet that ache from too steep a vamp, ankles and heels chaffing from not-so-comfy straps, or a stiff toe box rubbing on the outsides of our pinky toes and big toes – avoiding heel pain is tricky. And if you have to spend the day or night in heels despite a couple aches and pains from the day before, there aren’t too many options.
Except this. Ladies, the doctor is officially IN. Renown, Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon Dr. Randal Haworth is taking on pain caused by high heels, and it looks like he’s won. Dr. Haworth teamed up with Biochemistry™ to produce Heel No Pain – a non-prescription analgesic spray that relieves foot pain before or after it starts. Spray it right on your foot (the doc recommends using it no more than four times a day) and give it about 10 minutes to kick in. Before you know it you’ll be walking on straight clouds.
Dr. Haworth responsible for the spray is a seasoned vet when it comes to work with women and beauty. He worked as Chief Resident during his plastic surgery residency at UCLA where he was named the Plastic Surgical Consultant of the Year in 1993. 11 years later he lent his expertise to FOX’s series The Swan based on augmenting women’s appearances, as the show’s certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. He knows beauty is sometimes pain – and has done extensive work to eliminate the pain part of the equation.
The doc himself answered a few of our questions about the product regarding safety, usage and what makes this different from other over-the-counter remedies. He is sure to point out that if your feet are hurting you more than they should – it’s time to go see a doctor instead of using this spray to mask a potentially large issue.
The spray is available in a travel-size 1 oz. bottle that fits perfectly inside a purse, backpack or desk drawer. And it’s formulated not to stain leather or other materials fine footwear is made with so there is no need to worry about it ruining your favorite designer heels.
For the full in’s and out’s, about Heel No Pain, enjoy our Q&A with Dr. Haworth below!
RWH: We’re intrigued. But before we go spray crazy we need to know: How exactly does it spray work, and how safe is it?
Other topical painkillers for the feet claim to kill pain either by diverting attention (with cold temperature stimulation such as Biofreeze), by applying aspirin/ salicylate directly to the skin (eg, Aspercreme) or by creating a competing pain thus “exhausting” the nerve endings (capsaicin). But after a little while, they don’t really do much of anything. In contrast, our active ingredient, lidocaine HCI – that has been used for years by dentists and doctors to deliver comfort to their patients – works by directly numbing the nerve that transmit pain. As the only foot product to use lidocaine HCI, Heel No Pain/Style is totally unique.
Though our formula uses the strongest legal over-the-counter strength, it is perfectly safe. That said, it is recommended that you do not use our product more than four times a day.
So who needs this spray the most?
Any woman who loves her high heels or fancy footwear but is in misery from foot pain after a few hours.
And what inspired you to make it?
I have decades of experience empathizing and treating all forms of pain both as a general surgeon at Cornell and to this day as a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. As an amateur athlete myself with foot pain and being constantly asked by women in my practice for solutions for their stiletto-induced foot pain, I sought a solution. I realized that the most effective method would involve formulating what physicians use every day in their practice to deaden pain and that is lidocaine (Novacaine/xylocaine). The hurdle was to formulate this into an effective easy-to-apply product that can be absorbed through the thick skin of the foot. My team at Biochemistry ™ came up what we feel is the ideal answer to the problem-HEEL NO PAIN.
What would you say to the women out there who are going to be tempted to use this every day before putting on heels?
The spray itself is safe enough to use every day but if every shoe you’ve got is causing you pain, you’re going to want to rethink your footwear. Maybe the size is off or something isn’t fitting properly.
Say I’ve been wearing heels all day and didn’t have a problem until later on. Will the spray still be effective after damage is done?
Absolutely, that’s why we also made it in a small, portable 1 fl. oz. size that you can pop into your purse. It’s good for everything from foot cramps, pinching, blisters or whatever. If you’re on the go, clean your feet as best you can (if you can) and dry your feet. Spray on the Heel No Pain and be sure to let it dry thoroughly before putting your stockings (if you’re wearing them) and shoes back on. In about 10 minutes your feet are going to be considerably more comfortable.
Do you have any other high heel pain solutions?
First and foremost, pain is a signal that something is wrong. If your shoes hurt, they don’t fit your feet properly. Admittedly, some shoe styles are never going to anatomically fit your feet and will always hurt. Heel No Pain/Style is for the temporary (that is, for a few hours) relief from foot pain that can enable you to wear your favorite styles. That said, I suggest that you don’t wear stilettos every day and vary the heights and styles of your shoes and boots (think wedges, platforms, flatforms, flats etc.). On non-stiletto days, try to wear shoes where your foot bends when you walk so that your foot gets a workout, something that doesn’t happen if your high heels have a platform on them.
Also, if your heels are so high that they’re throwing your back out, switch to something not so high. If you’re petite, remember that a 4” heel on a size 5 shoe arches the foot a lot more extremely (which can effect posture and back pain) than the same heel height would on a size 10 shoe.
One more cautionary note, if your foot pain is caused by an injury, it’s time for medical attention.
Give us the scoop about any current “out-there” plastic surgery procedures that women are getting done to their feet.
Foot surgery is really the purview of the podiatrist rather than the plastic surgeon. But I have heard that however, I do get asked on a number of occasions to inject filler such as Juvéderm ® into the balls and soles of the feet with mixed results.
Thanks to this new product Derek J and Miss Lawrence can finally let their feet be free.
Doctor to Release Foot-Care Line
By Barbara Schneider-Levy
Plastic surgeon Randal Haworth will introduce a line of foot-care products to temporarily alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with fashion footwear.
The Beverly Hills, California doctor created Biochemistry by Dr. Haworth, an over-the-counter remedy, and will release it to consumers on December 30.
“It was an aha moment,” Haworth said about his decision to create the product. “Those annoying aspects of life need to be addressed. There was a single solution.”
The analgesic foot spray features lidocaine HCl, commonly administered by dentists and doctors to safely relieve pain. The new products are available in a cucumber scent called Heel No Pain/Style, with a companion peppermint version targeted at the sports market under the name Heel No Pain/Active. Retailing for $15 for 1 ounce, $25 for 2 ounces, the product is targeted at drug stores, specialty athletic shops and shoe stores. Haworth will sell direct to consumer at Biochemistry.la.
“I have my own share of foot issues,” the physician admitted, noting that his shoes have contributed to his problems, as he often opts for style over comfort. Haworth owns 80 pairs of such high-end labels as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Saint Laurent. He even posts a shoe of the month on his Facebook page.
Haworth, owner of parent company Biochemistry, plans to expand his product offering to include cosmetics in the future.
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A Numbing Spray That Promises to End High-Heel Pain Forever
By Sara Tan
The phrase “Beauty is pain” may be a thing of the past, thanks to a potentially life-altering invention from the folks over at Biochemistry. According to Mail Online, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Randal Haworth has created a numbing spray called Heel No Pain that promises to relieve foot pain induced by high-heel-wearing for up to three hours.
The miracle spray contains an ingredient called Lidocaine HCl, the same analgesic used by dentists and doctors to numb pain, but in the “strongest over-the-counter concentrations.” When applied, the spray will numb the nerves that transmit pain, penetrating the thick skin at the bottom of your foot. The product promises to work in minutes and last for hours without staining leather or other materials. To top it off, it’s cucumber-scented.
There is no mention of how this numbing will affect our ability to balance ourselves on five-inch heels. I already have a tough enough time walking in some of my favorite stilettos, so I’m nervous at the idea of it numbing my feet and hindering my fight to find equilibrium. It may guarantee hours of pain-free high-heel wear, but can it promise a night free from falling flat on my face? That, readers, is what I would like to know.
Despite my doubt, those who have tried the product are already raving about it. A busy event manager named Sophie Potts tried a sample of the product earlier this month and said it completely changed her day. “Obviously the discomfort of wearing heels doesn’t just magically disappear, but the pain — that pain that makes you want to take your shoes off, or sit down — was gone.”
The product, which is FDA approved, also comes in a formula for fitness-goers called Active. Haworth truly believes in his product and hopes “it will be as common as Tylenol.”
If you are the least bit curious about this product, you can order it now on Biochemistry’s website. A 2.5 oz bottle will cost you $14.99 — an inexpensive investment for a night free from cringing in heels.
“I had been working on the set in heels for 9 hours, went to a party that night, in heels, yes my feet were hurting. I sprayed ‘heel no pain’ on balls of my feet, literally within minutes I was boppin around pain free, instant relief!”
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This New Spray Promises to Relieve High-Heel Foot Pain-but Would You Use It?
By Danica Lo
December 18th 2013
What if we told you that with just one spritz, you could banish foot pain from high heels? Well, today’s your lucky day, maybe. Because just in time for New Year’s Eve and all your end-of-year festive season needs, Biochemistry by Dr. Haworth, a Beverly Hills-based plastic surgery clinic brand, will be launching Heel No Pain, a nonprescription spray-on analgesic that promises to soothe your soles.
From the product’s Facebook page:
While there are hundreds of nonprescription topical pain relievers on the market, very few are directly for foot pain, and of those, not one of them can do what a single spray of analgesic Heel No Pain/Style can do in soothing your feet. This proprietary formula:
- is the only foot product featuring lidocaine HCl—most commonly administered by dentists and doctors and clinically proven to safely deaden pain—in the strongest, over-the-counter concentrations combined with other ingredients to enhance its effect
- works by directly numbing the nerves that transmit pain—unlike other weaker products that work through ineffective and indirect mechanisms
- is specifically formulated to penetrate the thick skin at the bottom of the feet
- works in minutes yet last for hours with one quick numbing spritz on foot aches, pains, burns, or itches
According to reports, Heel No Pain will be available for purchase at Foot Locker, Walgreens, and on Biochemistry’s website in two weeks.
Sounds pretty good, huh? Hmm. What do you think?
For die-hard heel wearers who won’t give up their shoes no matter how much they hurt, sure, this product makes sense. But maybe for the rest of us: If your shoes really hurt you so much that you need to take pain-relief measures whenever you wear them, perhaps consider not wearing those particular shoes? After all, isn’t pain your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong?
Numbing Spray Could Finally Make Stilletto-Wearing Bearable
By Nora Crotty
You know when you’ve been wearing stilettos for so long, you’re past the point of pain and you just can’t feel your feet anymore? Personally, it’s one of my all-time favorite sensations — and now, there’s something on the market that can help you experience it, without all the four-inch-heel-play.
Heel No Pain, an aptly named new product brought to our attention by the Daily Mail, claims to relieve the aches associated with wearing high heels for up to three hours per application — heaven forbid you toss on a pair of flats. Simply spray the potion on the throbbing area and 10 minutes later, you’ll no longer feel your feet. Which sounds like a total recipe for tripping and stubbing your toes if you ask us, but look at it this way: If you can’t feel it, does it even really happen?
The spray, which contains medical numbing agent lidocaine HCI, can also be used by athletes experiencing discomfort from repeated activity.
“It’s basically a painkiller with heat treatment, so it is able to penetrate the skin. The pain simply dissipates,” Heel No Pain’s inventor, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Randal Haworth, told the Mail. “It’s certainly enough to get you through a red carpet event.” Or fashion month, for that matter — we can totally see this stuff making its way into swag bags alongside all those Starbucks gift cards and under-eye gels come February.
Heel No Pain will be available in two weeks on its manufacturer Biochemistry’s website, followed by Walgreens and Foot Locker, at $15 for a 1 oz. bottle and $32 for 4 oz. Will you be giving it a go?