Tamarack Launches GlideWear Forefoot Shear Protection Socks

GlideWear® Forefoot Shear Protection Socks feature a patented, dual layer low friction zone that provides targeted shear reduction across the forefoot to prevent and relieve abrasion, friction, and shear-related skin breakdown. Unlike traditional dual layer socks, which can cause a loss of stability while walking with and without footwear, GlideWear is strategically positioned around the forefoot to maximize stability and comfort for the user.

In developing the GlideWear® Forefoot Sock, Tamarack partnered with Knit-Rite, Inc. (Kansas City, KS USA) to incorporate their SmartKnit® Seamless Sock Technology into the GlideWear design; resulting in a product that offers maximum comfort and performance for people at-risk for developing skin breakdown on their feet.

GlideWear Forefoot Shear Protection Socks provide immediate relief and lasting protection against:

  • Metatarsal plantar surface ulcers
  • Hallux callusing and blisters
  • Toe blisters

Available in full forefoot and partial foot (transmetatarsal amputee) models; both crew length and featuring white SmartKnit Socks.

For more information about GlideWear® Forefoot Shear Protection Socks, visit www.glidewear.com.

Healthcare professionals and dealers: contact us about ordering GlideWear Forefoot Shear Protection Socks for your facility or showroom.


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

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.

Eliminate Turf Toe-Related Skin Breakdown with ShearBan

At the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly, held last week in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cyde Peach, CO and President of Indiana Brace shared his experience with using ShearBan, an innovative PTFE film with adhesive backing from Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minnesota USA).

Clyde developed the X-1 Blades (shown below), an all composite foot orthosis to treat specific foot injuries, including turf toe and hallux rigidus.

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According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, turf toe is a sprain of the main joint of the big toe. It happens when the toe is forcibly bent up into hyperextension, such as when pushing off into a sprint and having the toe get stuck flat on the ground.

Sprains of the big toe joint became especially prevalent in American football players after artificial turf became more common on playing fields – hence the term “turf toe”. Artificial turf is a harder surface than grass and does not have much “give” when forces are placed on it.

Although often associated with football, turf toe occurs in a wide range of sports and activities.

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society defines hallux rigidus as  arthritis of the big toe joint. It is the most common arthritic condition of the foot and second only to hallux valgus (bunion) as a condition associated with the big toe. Females are more commonly affected than males in all age groups, and the condition typically develops in adults between the ages of 30 and 60 years.​

Clye’s X-1 Blades were developed using ShearBan in areas at-risk for skin breakdown, including the MTP Joint (base of the “Big Toe”) and heel. The ultra-slick, blue film provides targeted protection from rubbing that leads to excessive shearing that all-too-often results in skin breakdown (blistering and callus); sidelining athletes from their activities and careers.

ShearBan is available in 8 inch x 12 inch sheets and precut oval patches and is sold worldwide by Becker Orthopedic (Ph: 800-521-2192 / 248-588-7480 / web: www.beckerorthopedic.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

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.

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