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


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

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

Blister Prevention Showdown

Runners Gear Review, a website that touts “running gear reviews by runners, for runners”, recently reviewed our ENGO® blister relief product in a competitive comparison that they coined the “Blister Prevention Showdown”.

A combination of factors, including price, sweat resistance, ability to help heal existing blisters and duration of effectiveness, led Runners Gear Review to give ENGO® patches the victory. Whereas most blister care products apply directly to the skin, providing short-term relief from rubbing & blisters, ENGO patches secure directly to the shoe, creating a low-friction barrier, which eliminates rubbing and irritation at the source.

Read the Runners Gear Review’s Blister Prevention Showdown at http://www.runnersgearreview.com/?p=417

Visit www.goengo.com to order a pack of ENGO® blister relief patches or find a dealer near you.

Special thanks to the staff at Runners Gear Review for their thoughtful and creative product review. Check out www.runnersgearreview.com for reviews about running footwear, socks and accessories.

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.

New Blister Prevention Patch Testimonial

Just this morning I received a wonderful, unsolicited testimonial for our ENGO® Blister Prevention Patch product. It’s a great reminder to all of us that we have a great product that is truly effective at preventing foot blisters & calluses.

Melissa from California wrote:

“I LOVE this product. Was suffering from horrible blisters. I tried many blister prevention products and yours is the only one that worked. Even the guy at a well known shoe store was stumped. I stumbled upon your website by accident and am so lucky I did. This seems to have done the trick. I can run blister free because of ENGO!”

Thank you so much, Melissa, for sharing your experience with our ENGO® Patches!

ENGO Patches make a great stocking stuffer for friends and family members! We offer free shipping within the USA and there are still a few days left to receive your gifts in time for Christmas.

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