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


How to Relieve Blister Pain

Knowing where a blister is going to occur before an event can be challenging; especially if you don’t usually get blisters or are competing in a longer-distance event than you’re used to. We agree that it may be difficult to know just where to apply a blister patch without experiencing the tell-tale warning indicators of imminent danger – redness and pain.

Once a blister has formed on your foot, ENGO Patches effectively prevent continued rubbing between your shoe and skin from causing further pain and irritation. How is that possible, you might be thinking? ENGO Blister Relief Patches are manufactured with an ultra low-friction material called PTFE (comparable to Teflon® used in cooking pans), which allows your skin to glide smoothly against your sock and shoe without creating friction. And, because they don’t apply to your skin, ENGO Patches provide weeks of continuous blister protection.

As indicated in the picture below (left), repetitive rubbing during a long-distance event created a large blister on the heel of this individual’s foot.

By simply covering the blister with a skin dressing or tape, the shoe will continue to rub against her foot, causing continued pain and skin trauma. However, if this individual would have applied an ENGO Patch to the troublesome spot on the back of her shoe (as illustrate in the above, right picture), she could have continued her activity without further pain and skin tissue trauma (blistering and callusing).

ENGO Patches are offered in a variety of shape/size options for patching troublesome spots in footwear, including small & large ovals, rectangles and heel patches. An important point to note is that ENGO Patches are not a substitute for proper treatment of open wounds. If you have an open blister, be sure to properly clean and cover the wound before resuming your activity.

At the first sign of foot discomfort, apply an ENGO Patch to troublesome spots on your footwear to experience immediate blister pain relief.

ENGO Patches are available online at http://shop.goengo.com and through specialty retail and internet stores across the USA and Great Britain (link to ENGO Store Locator). For more information about ENGO Patches, visit www.goengo.com

Fixing Your Feet: Injury Prevention and Treatments for Athletes

The other day I received a copy of John Vonhof’s latest edition of Fixing Your Feet: Injury Prevention and Treatments for Athletes. For years, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies has consulted with John on the company’s latest advancements with its blister prevention & relief product, ENGO Blister Prevention Patches. John’s advice and continued testing of our product has been a blessing. The foot care advice and product recommendations in his book are all based on over 31 years of experience – both as an athlete and medical personnel at charity events and adventure races around the globe. Fixing Your Feet is highly recommended to athletes and people responsible for caring for their feet.

The 5th edition of Fixing Your Feet is overflowing with over 360 pages of information about foot care treatment and product recommendations. It includes dozens of athlete and physician testimonials and experiences that support the advice that John shares in his book.

Fixing Your Feet, 5th edition is organized into five parts:

Part 1 – Foot Basics

Biomechanics, training, aging, and terrain

Part 2 – Footwear Basics

Buying footwear, types of footwear and insoles, and a new chapter on barefoot or minimalist running

Part 3 – Prevention

Blister prevention, taping and patching techniques, orthotics, gaiters, lacing tips, and self care for your feet

Part 4 – Treatments

Treating hot spots and blisters, strains and sprains, Achilles pain, heel and toe problems, etc

Part 5 – Sources and Resources

Product sources, gear review sites, medical & footwear specialists and feet-related websites

If you’d like more information about Fixing Your Feet, check out John’s website at www.fixingyourfeet.com.

Fixing Your Feet (5th edition), by John Vonhof, can be purchased online from ZombieRunner and Amazon.com

Disclaimer: Tamarack Habilitation Technologies does not receive any financial compensation for mentioning Fixing Your Feet. John Vonhof is not paid to test or recommend products manufactured or distributed by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies.

Happy Feet! – 36 Pages of Foot Care Tips, Techniques & Recommendations

Whether you rely on your feet for fitness or sport, for your job or wandering around the world, check out the Happy Feet! Foot Care Advice for Walkers and Travelers Booklet.

Happy Feet! features 36 pages of foot care tips, techniques and product recommendations – straight from seasoned ultrarunner, marathoner, backpacker and race-day medical staff trainer, John Vonhof. Unlike many foot care resources you might find on the internet, John has relied on over 14 years of research, practical field experience and feedback from hundreds of world-class athletes to develop the foot care techniques and recommendations that he references in Happy Feet!

From tips and recommendations on buying appropriate footwear & socks to lacing tips, toenail care, skin care, blister prevention/treatment, foot & ankle care and much more… Happy Feet! is a great resource for athletes and non-athletes alike.

Happy Feet! Foot Care Advice for Walkers and Travelers can be ordered for just $5 with free shipping in the U.S.A.   Order Your Copy Today at GoENGO.com

ENGO Blister Patch Field Test Review

We just learned of another great review of Tamarack’s foot blister prevention & relief product, ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches, and wanted to share it with our Blog readers.

Here’s an excerpt from the product review:

“It’s a simple idea but really does seem to work. I was able to wear my favourite sandals again and the [ENGO®] patches I applied about two months ago are still in place and working despite my wearing the sandals frequently – even in rain.”

Continue Reading the go4awalk.com review of ENGO Blister Prevention Patches

A UK-based outdoor product review website, the team at www.go4awalk.com, mentions that “the most important ‘qualification’ we all share is an absolute passion for the outdoors.” We surely appreciate the opportunity to have our blister care product reviewed by this team of outdoor gear experts and extend our thanks to everyone at go4awalk.com for the review.

For purchasing inquiries in the USA, Canada and Australia, visit www.GoENGO.com

For purchasing inquiries in the UK and surrounding area, visit www.GoENGO.co.uk

ENGO Blister Prevention Patches Featured in UK Publications

Are you familiar with Tamarack Habilitation Technologies’ consumer-packaged blister care product – ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches? The Minnesota-made product has recently been featured in some prominent publications in the United Kingdom. Here are the stories:

The Duke of Edinburgh Magazine says “Put your best foot forward” in its ENGO® product highlight. Check out the DofE magazine review here >> DofE Issue 7: Autumn 2010.

Soldier Magazine, the monthly magazine for the British armed forces reviewed ENGO in the July 2010 issue of Solider Magazine, stating:

With recent research from the United States Army suggesting that 40 percent of all soldier suffer from blisters during their training, this ingeniously-simple product could prove invaluable […] This prevention-is-better-than-cure philosophy works because the resilient material used to create the patches lowers friction, countering the rubbing effect that causes blisters. Even better, each of the easily-applied patches lasts for up to 300 miles before wearing out.

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies partnered with The London Orthotic Consultancy in 2008 to market & distribute ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches throughout the UK and surrounding area. For information about purchasing ENGO® in the UK, visit www.GoENGO.co.uk