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Kinoki Foot Pads Review

Updated: August 15, 2016

Bottom Line


  • Some users are convinced


  • Don't work in objective tests
  • Terrible odor
  • Scientists blame testimonials on the placebo effect
Our Analysis
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Kinoki Foot Pads are self-adhesive strips that are supposed to draw harmful toxins like heavy metals and "metabolic wastes" from the body through the feet, turning from white to dark in the process. The infomercial says that the darker the pad, the more toxins are cleansed from your system. However, in professional and user reviews, most people say the pads don't do anything at all. Most customers who try the Kinoki Foot Pads claim to feel no different after using them, and they complain of how awful the pads smell when removed.

In more scientific testing, several used pads were lab-tested for various toxins and metals, but none were found in the pads. Doctors agree that if users are experiencing an improvement in their health and level of energy, it is probably due to the placebo effect.

A small percentage of users like the effects of the Kinoki Foot Pads, saying they notice certain health improvements after using them. While most positive reviewers agree that it's probably the placebo effect causing these improvements, they don't see any harm in continuing to use the pads.

An ABC News "20/20" report tries the Kinoki Foot Pads on a group of volunteers and consults a specialist; all agree that the pads don't really do anything, though they probably aren't harmful. Reporters for MSNBC and the Los Angeles Times also put the pads to the test, coming away with the same conclusion, and even finding that any kind of moisture (including sweat and plain water) can discolor the pads. Customer reviews on InfomercialRatings.com are split, with some calling the Kinoki foot pads a scam and others saying they notice certain improvements. Most of the customers on Amazon.com are displeased with the Kinoki pads, but a few think they helped improve their swollen or sensitive feet.

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