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

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(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


International Shipping Now Available on ENGO Blister Patch Website

ENGO Ships WorldwideMarch 27, 2015 (Minneapolis, Minnesota USA)

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is happy to report that, ENGO Blister Prevention Patches, the company’s line of self-adhesive low friction patches for blister prevention and relief, can now be purchased worldwide* from the company’s U.S.-based shopping cart, https://shop.goengo.com.

“By integrating our shopping cart solution with Bongo International, a service of FedEx Corp., consumers around the world now have access to purchase ENGO Blister Prevention Patches, reports Jason Pawelsky, Sales & Marketing Manager at Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. Bongo gives us the ability to serve customers around the world – allowing them to purchase in their preferred, local currency, and with complete transparency regarding shipping costs and import duty,” Mr. Pawelsky concludes.

Bongo International Order Processing:

1) International orders are processed through the secure Bongo International shopping cart. Bongo accepts more than 20 foreign currencies and ships to more than 220 countries around the world.

2) International orders are then processed at the ENGO Blister Prevention Patch manufacturing facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA; arriving at the Bongo International warehouse in Florida, USA within 3-4 days.

3) Bongo International inspects, photographs, and ships orders through FedEx Wordwide with deliveries to most regions of the world within 3 days.

*For customers in Australia/New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and South Africa, ENGO Blister Prevention Patches should be sourced through Tamarack’s international distribution partners for purchase online in those markets or through a local specialty retailer.

Click a flag below to be forwarded to an international distributor website:

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ENGO South AfricaENGO South Africa (coming April 2015)



For more information about ENGO Blister Prevention Patches, visit www.GoENGO.com.

ENGO Blister Prevention Patches are manufactured by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies.

Blister Prevention for Podiatrists

Despite advancements in shoe design as well as sock and insole quality, foot blisters continue to plague active individuals who participate in individual and team sports activities. Even the most seasoned professional athletes are sidelined by blisters; a sign that education and embracing “outside the box” products and technologies are quite logically the missing links to finally eliminating foot blisters once and for all.

Australian Podiatrist, Rebecca Rushton, BSc(Pod) shares her professional experience with treating foot blisters in her new SlideShare presentation, Blister Prevention for Podiatrists. We do want to take a moment to note that this presentation is equally suited for the entire spectrum of healthcare professionals who treat individuals for foot blisters, calluses, and ulceration. Athletic Trainers, Orthotists, Pedorthists, Podiatrists, Therapists, and Wound care nurses are also involved in the care of athletes and patients who suffer from recurring irritation (hot spots) and blisters from footwear and various medical devices.

It’s not just amateurs and weekend warriors who hit the wall when blisters finally sideline them from the field or result in a DNF after training diligently for months to cross the finish line. Some of the biggest names in professional sports have been sidelined by foot blisters (as reported in the media):

Since 1998, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN USA) has sought to help healthcare professionals and athletes resolve nagging foot blister issues through the development of the company’s patented low friction interface technology. ShearBan, a product most commonly known in the O&P industry, is available in sheets and precut patches to address friction & shear in footwear, insoles, and medical devices. 6 years later, Tamarack introduced ENGO Blister Prevention Patches, the consumer-packaged equivalent to ShearBan in the sports medicine and consumer athletics marketplace.

With the support of healthcare professionals and consumers around the world, Tamarack hopes to one day establish ShearBan and ENGO as household names in foot blister prevention and relief. But don’t take our word for it – order a pack for yourself. There’s nothing to lose (the product is guaranteed!) but the memory of painful foot blisters!

>>> Disclaimer: Rebecca Rushton serves as the exclusive Australasian educator and distributor for ENGO Blister Prevention Patches. Rebecca’s interest in this product resulted from her tireless search for an effective, long-lasting solution for her own nagging foot blisters.

Anatomy of an ENGO Blister Prevention Patch

Whether this is your first time coming across ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches, or you’re a long-time customer who’s curious to learn more about these ultra-slick (literally) blister prevention patches, we hope the following information motivates you to consider adding ENGO Blister Prevention Patches to your athletic, dress, and casual footwear.

Unlike conventional blister care bandages, ENGO Blister Prevention Patches apply directly to your footwear; addressing the cause, not the effect, of painful foot blisters. Whether your shoes are too tight, the shoe liner is abrasive, or there’s a gnarly seam rubbing against your foot with each step you take, ENGO Blister Prevention Patches provide long-lasting, targeted friction relief wherever discomfort and foot blisters occur.

ENGO Blister Prevention Patches are available online and in select specialty running stores in Australia, Scandinavia, the UK, and USA and are manufactured in the USA by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.

For more information, visit www.GoENGO.com

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