Tamarack Partners with Global Hydration for ENGO Blister Patch Expansion in Canada

Tamarack LogoGlobal-Hydration-Canada




(Minneapolis, MN USA – January 13, 2016) Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is delighted to announce a new wholesale distribution agreement for the company’s ENGO® Blister Prevention Patch product line with Global Hydration Water Treatment Systems, Inc. (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada). Starting January 2016, Global Hydration will begin distributing ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches to specialty retail dealers across Canada while also promoting through Amazon Canada and its own consumer-focused subsidiary Elua (www.elua.com).

A unique product within the blister care category, ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches are an ultra-thin, low friction patch that applies directly to footwear wherever hot spots, blisters, and calluses occur. The long-lasting patches feature a durable adhesive that applies to casual, athletic, and dress shoes, boots, skates, and sports equipment. Unlike traditional blister patches that apply directly to the skin, ENGO® addresses friction at the source (the shoe lining) for immediate relief and lasting protection.

The expansion of ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches by Global Hydration in Canada follows a similar model of successful market expansion efforts with companies in Australia, Denmark, South Africa, and the UK, where strategic partners have established their own specialty retail network and ecommerce businesses.

About Tamarack Habilitation Technologies

Based in Blaine, Minnesota, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is a med-tech product development and manufacturing company specializing in strategic friction management technologies, ankle-foot biomechanics and wheelchair seating. As manufacturer of the renowned “Tamarack Flexure Joint®” for custom-fabricated orthoses, Tamarack distributes its products worldwide in the orthotic & prosthetic, durable medical equipment, athletic apparel, and consumer markets.

For more information about Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, visit www.tamarackhti.com

About Global Hydration

Headquartered in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, Global Hydration specializes in water treatment, hydration and health via a broad range of B2B and B2C channels. Led by founders and brothers Andrew and Ian Moorey, the company represents a long list of manufacturers in Canada while also engaging in active projects around the globe. In 2014, they launched Elua, a division focused on bringing consumers better health through better water.

For more information about Global Hydration please visit www.globalhydration.com


Jason Pawelsky, Sales & Marketing Manager
Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.

Andrew Moorey, CEO & President
Global Hydration


Skin Health: Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown

Recommended reading for nurse, therapists, physicians, orthotists, prosthetists, and individuals who rely on assistive technology for daily activity.

Skin Health: Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown

Written by Janet Dean, MS, RN, CRRN, CRNP. The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, Maryland.

Published on the Transverse Myelitis Association website, Janet Dean’s article provides a easy-to-follow and detailed overview of  skin breakdown risk factors (pressure, friction, shear, and microclimate) and numerous considerations for preventing and treating skin breakdown.

In addition to providing an excellent overview on the subject of pressure ulcer prevention and treatment for healthcare professionals, the article is also highly relevant for individuals who rely on wheelchairs or orthotic/prosthetic devices for mobility as well as those who spend extended amounts of time in bed due to mobility restrictions or hospitalization.

Daily skin checks are an essential first line of defense against the development of pressure ulcers that can often be prevented before they become serious and even life-threatening wounds. It’s always recommended to consult your primary caregiver or specialist if you believe a wound has developed due to the use of a medical/assistive technology device.

Continue to the article, Skin Health: Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown

How to Patch Worn Fabric in Running & Hiking Footwear

ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches are most commonly used to prevent and relieve troublesome hot spots and blisters  in athletic, casual and dress footwear.   However, one commonly overlooked application for these slick blue “blister stickers” is to patch areas within fabric-lined footwear (running, hiking and other sports shoes, most commonly) to extend the footwear’s useful life and also  prevent irritation and blisters.

Thomas from Queensland Australia shared these wonderful photos with our Australian ENGO® marketing and distribution partner, Esperance Podiatry, who operates the informative foot care site, called  Blister Prevention.

ENGO Blister Patch Heel Application

As you can see, the fabric on the inside heel of Thomas’ footwear is badly torn, due to repetitive rubbing (friction) after MANY miles of use.  If a person didn’t have particularly sensitive skin, they may not initially experience hot spots or blisters.  However, this is a friction-induced breakdown of the shoe liner and it’s certainly not uncommon for the shoe’s liner to begin wearing through or tearing after a few hundred miles of wear.

The most common reaction is to replace the shoes because they are “worn out”.  However, if the sole and other aspects of the shoe still appear to be solid, a much more affordable solution is to pick up a pack of ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches from your local specialty running store or online.

Applying ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches is incredibly easy.  Simply select the appropriately sized patch for the area of coverage (choose from small or large oval patches, heel patches, or rectangles for custom trimming), place the adhesive side against the inside of the shoe liner, and press firmly to secure.   We suggest using a hair dryer or heat gun to soften the adhesive a bit after applying the patch; then pressing firmly around the perimeter to create a long-lasting bond between the patch and shoe liner.  This extra step is not required, but will help ensure the patches are well-adhered for lasting blister protection.

For more information about ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches, or to find a specialty retailer near you or online, visit www.GoENGO.com.

If you live in or near Australia, New Zealand, the UK or surrounding area, or Scandinavia, you’re in luck.  We have a team of excellent international distributors to help ensure that our customers around the world are able to access the product nearby.

International ENGO Blister Prevention Patch Distributors

Esperance Podiatry (Australian and New Zealand): www.blisterprevention.com.au

London Orthotic Consultancy (UK and surrounding countries): www.goengo.co.uk

ULTRARUN (Scandinavia): www.ultrarunshop.com

Another Fantastic Blister Relief Story

We occasionally receive feedback from customers about our products, and always welcome any concerns, suggestions or success stories. This testimonial comes from a couple of satisfied ENGO Blister Prevention Patch customers across the pond in the U.K.

“We are regular long distance walkers and walk on average around 1500 miles each year. We have both been plagued by blisters in the past despite wearing comfortable well fitting boots. Any walk in excess of 15-20 miles usually resulted in blisters, either on the heel, ball of the foot or base of the toes.

None of the traditional cures/remedies have ever worked for us, so in desperation we looked on the internet for a solution and found your website. Your theory that if you reduce the friction you eliminate the blisters seemed reasonable. So, based on the assumption that prevention is better than cure, we purchased a trial pack of blister patches and have been absolutely delighted with the results.

No more blisters at all, however many miles we walk or however bad the terrain. They are fantastic and really do work. They stick well and the first ones we used have now lasted over 300 miles and still show no real signs of wear. Now we never leave home without them and would highly recommend them to other walkers and hikers. We are looking forward to a blister-free completion of the Pennine Way this summer.”

Thank you, Tony & Lin, for sharing your ENGO Blister Prevention Patch story with us!

If you’ve tried our ENGO Blister Prevention Patches and have questions, concerns or a testimonial that you’re willing to share, please add a comment to this post or email us. We’re delighted by all of the positive support we receive from our first and long-time customers and appreciate your business!

Are you ready to become blister-free? Order a pack of ENGO Blister Prevention Patches to discover what athletic, dress and casual footwear feel like without the discomfort of blisters.

Rubbing and Blister Care for Pumps and Dress Shoes

Fashion-conscious blogger and business professional, Janice, recently posted a review of our ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches on her Urban Amazon Warrior blog.

The site features a “Comprehensive Guide to Shoe Insoles, Inserts and Blister Prevention“, where Janice is testing popular and novel products that keep painful rubbing and foot blisters away. The most recent addition to her guide is ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches.

Although ENGO Patches are commonly used in athletic and comfort footwear, the innovative blister relief product is also ideal for high heels (pumps) and other dress shoes too. The ultra-thin patches preserve how footwear naturally fits around your feet, while providing long-term protection from rubbing and blisters.

To read Janice’s full review from testing ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches in her Prada shoes, continue to the Urban Amazon Warrior blog (scroll down near bottom of page).

Try ENGO Patches today!

Visit http://shop.goengo.com to order or http://www.goengo.com/store_locator.aspx to find a dealer near you.

Podiatrist Explains the Cause and Treatment of Foot Blisters

If you’re looking for a simple explanation of why foot blisters occur as well as how to treat blisters and prevent future occurrences, here is a helpful video.

Sports podiatrist, Ian Sadler, explains the cause of foot blisters and a few preventive options to consider:


Similar to the dual layer sock concept that Dr. Sadler talks about in the video, ENGO Blister Prevention Patches and ShearBan (both products of Tamarack Habilitation Technologies), create a protective barrier between footwear and human skin to prevent friction (persistent rubbing) from causing irritation, blisters, calluses and diabetic foot ulcers. The ultra low-friction patches apply directly to troublesome areas inside footwear; protecting the skin for weeks (and often longer) before wearing through the patch or peeling away from footwear.

ENGO Blister Prevention Patches are available in a variety of precut shapes and pack sizes. To find a dealer near you, visit http://www.goengo.com/store_locator.aspx

ShearBan is available in 8″x12″ sheets and precut oval patches and distributed worldwide by orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic suppliers. For more information, visit www.shearban.com

Blistering Relief for Cleated Athletes

Last night my men’s recreational softball team played back-to-back games in blistering 95 degree weather, totaling about 2.5 hours of running around; all while wearing cleats. Although I haven’t experienced blisters with these cleats before, the intense heat and moisture build-up inside my footwear caused a much different experience this time.

Although I didn’t have enough time to relieve those hot spots on the field, my feet will now be protected by the ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches I installed in my cleats. Here are the “before” and “after” photos of the insoles from my cleats. As you can see, it is very obvious where my feet have been rubbing on the insoles. These rubbing spots indicate where the ENGO Patches should be adhered, eliminating the need to guess where those high friction areas might be.

Whether you wear athletic shoes, cleats, skates, dress or casual footwear, keeping a few ENGO® Patches in your wallet, purse or first aid kit will ensure that blisters don’t affect your next adventure. ENGO Patches have a money-back, satisfaction guarantee, so you have nothing to lose but painful foot blisters.

To find an ENGO® Patch dealer near you visit: http://www.goengo.com/store_locator.aspx or buy online at http://shop.goengo.com

Disclaimer: We (Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.) are the manufacturer of ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches.