About Lido Heel
Developed by Dr. Randal Haworth, Lido Heel is a non-prescription analgesic foot spray that’s claimed to contain the maximum amount of lidocaine permitted by the FDA, which provides fast, effective, soothing pain relief. According to the Lido Heel website, you might even consider the results “drastic pain relief.”
The lidocaine contained in Lido Heel works by directly numbing the nerves that transmit pain, whether you’re suffering from heel spurs, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, bunions, overuse, or any other type of heel pain. Lido Heel also contains tea tree oil with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, as well as a refreshing peppermint scent to cool the burn.
Despite its effectiveness at penetrating the thick skin at the bottom of your feet., Dr. Haworth claims that Lido Heel will only deaden the pain, but not your foot, and its effects will last for hours. On top of this, Lido Heel is completely safe when used as directed
In order to begin using Lido Heel, the process works over 3 steps:
- Wash your feet with warm water and soap. Then, pat dry.
- Shake well. While holding the bottle 4-6 inches from your skin, apply the formula to the area causing you pain.
- Lido Heel will take about 10 minutes to fully work, although you’ll only have to wait 2-3 minutes before putting on socks or shoes.
Whether you’re a man or woman, and whether your foot pain is due to dress shoes, a medical condition, or an injury, you just want relief from the constant, nagging pain. But is Lido Heel your ticket to pain relief, or simply a waste of money?
In order to provide you with a complete overview of what to expect with Lido Heel, let’s first talk about lidocaine.
What is Lidocaine? Is It Safe?
Lidocaine is a very common fast-acting surface anesthesia used for everything from skin inflammation to minor surgery, and is available in sprays, patches, drops, and intravenous solutions. When applied as a topical solution, lidocaine is particularly effective because it generally only stops nerves from transmitting pain to the brain, without deadening feeling.
Although there aren’t any specifics listed on the FDA website, and although Lido Heel doesn’t specify exactly how much lidocaine it contains, the maximum allowable limit for over-the-counter products appears to be 5%. As such, it’s reasonable to assume this is the amount found in Lido Heel.
For the most part, topical lidocaine is safe to use without side effects. However, a small number of users may experience minor side effects such as flushing/redness, itching, a sense of warmth, and more.
With this said, it’s important to note that the amount of lidocaine absorbed through your skin can vary depending on certain conditions, including the “concentration of lidocaine, the formulation of the drug, and the individual patient.” As such, it’s always a good idea to speak with your doctor before using any products containing topical lidocaine.
Alright, so we know that lidocaine is a popular (and mostly safe) anesthetic, but how long can you expect the relief to last?
How Long Will Lido Heel’s Pain Relief Last?
Lidocaine is metabolized by the liver quickly, and if injected, has a half-life of 1.5 to 2 hours. As we mentioned in the previous section though, there are numerous factors that can affect how long lidocaine ultimately lasts in your system.
However, if applied topically, you can expect lidocaine to provide pain relief for a much shorter period of time, which calls into question Lido Heel’s claim that it will provide hours of relief. In our opinion, you might be lucky to get an hour’s worth of pain relief from Lido Heel.
However long lidocaine lasts though, you should keep in mind that topical products like Lido Heel only work to address the symptom, not the underlying cause. In other words, like a common pain reliever such as Tylenol, Lido Heel will only temporarily reduce your pain level, but won’t fix what’s causing the pain.
Speaking of other topical products, is there anything similar to Lido Heel?
Other Than Lido Heel, You Have a Lot of Options
As we’ve mentioned countless times in the past when reviewing ASOTV products, these manufacturers like to portray their products as something revolutionary, when they’re often just slightly different takes on products already widely available. And it appears that Lido Heel is no different.
To see for yourself just how many options you have, type the phrase “topical lidocaine,” “lidocaine spray,” or “lidocaine cream” into your favorite search engine and watch how many results pull up. And if you need immediate pain relief, you’ll almost certainly find several options at your local pharmacy or big box retailer.
On top of their popularity, many of these products are less expensive than Lido Heel, especially when you factor in the high, non-refundable S&H charges, which we’ll talk more about in the Pricing section.
But before we do, let’s learn more about the company behind Lido Heel.
Lido Heel’s Manufacturer
As a company, Lido Heel is operated by Dr. Randal Haworth and is based out of Sherman Oaks, CA, although they weren’t listed with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our research. However, based on reviews found at RealSelf.com, Yelp, and on his practice’s website, Dr. Haworth seems to have a primarily positive online reputation.
Granted, just because Dr. Haworth appears to satisfy his plastic surgery clients, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Lido Heel is an effective product that will provide good value for your money, which is what we’ll discuss next.
Lido Heel Pricing & Refund Policy
One bottle of Lido Heel is priced at $14.99 plus $4.99 S&H. With your order, you’ll also receive a free travel size bottle.
In either instance, we’re not told how big each bottle of Lido Heel is, although the company claims you’ll have enough for 100 applications. Important note: Keep in mind that this likely references the number of sprays available, not the number of applications. For example: If you spray Lido Heel 10 times each time you use it, you might only get 10 different applications.
All Lido Heel purchases come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges, even if the bottle is empty. This means that you could lose 50 percent or more of your total refund in S&H charges by the time you ship it back to the manufacturer.
In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 800-372-6040.
Is Lido Heel Your Solution for Foot Pain Relief?
Although the topical lidocaine found in Lido Heel might provide you with mild, temporary foot pain relief, it almost certainly won’t be “drastic” as claimed by the manufacturer.
And when you also factor in Lido Heel’s high, non-refundable S&H charges, as well as the fact that you’ll likely have several similar options locally, we might recommend exploring nearby retailers before placing your Lido Heel order.