Does foot-numbing spray ease high-heel pain?

TAMPA, Fla. - Gina Morales, a public relations director, dresses to impress while working one of many red carpet events at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa.

“The casino is five football fields length," she said. "I'm walking around all the time, in the restaurants, in the kitchens, back of the house, front of the house, and I like to wear heels because I like to look stylish."

Across town, Mais Tarrab works eight- to 10-hour days selling jewelry at The Gold and Diamond Source.

“I'm constantly on my feet," said Tarrab, who's also a mother. “He's 16 months, so he keeps me going."

Their long days in heels are rough on their feet.

WFTS asked both women to put a new heel spray to the test for two weeks.

The spray, called Heel No Pain, was developed by Randall Haworth, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon.

Haworth said the product is designed for what he calls "glamor pain." In other words, pains resulting from stilettos heels.

The spray can be applied to feet up to four times a day. The company claims the spray will kick in and ease pain after 10 to 15 minutes.

"The spray is interesting," Morales said. "It seems to take three to four seconds to work so it kind of feels tingly, but it lasts."

While both women said the spray did work temporarily, some doctors question whether it’s smart to mask chronic pain.

Chiropractor Barry Shapiro of Carrollwood Family Medical said, “If something is wrong, they need to find out what it is and fix it rather than just masking it. The pain isn't going to go away, and eventually the spray won't help them anymore.”

Haworth said Heel No Pain has been approved by the FDA. It costs about $15 for a one ounce bottle.

For more information about Heel No Pain, visit www.biochemistry.la

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