What are Engo patches?
Engo® blister prevention patches are patented low friction patches manufactured with pressure sensitive adhesive.
Unlike the usual blister prevention solutions, the Engo patches are applied to the inside surface of footwear and NOT ON THE SKIN.
What Are Engo Patches Made Of?
The patches are composed of PTFE(Polytetrafluoroethylene) which is a fluorocarbon solid, it is hydrophobic, meaning it repels water. The best-known application of PTFE is the brand name of Teflon by DUPONT.
How Do They Prevent Blisters on the Feet?
Friction is one of the causes of blisters, caused by two surfaces that rub together. By placing a low-friction patch between the skin and the friction- causing footwear, blisters are effectively prevented.
Large oval patches -are useful for large areas of the footwear that rub on the heel, balls of the foot, the arch, and the side of the foot.
Small oval patches -are suitable for small areas on the inside of footwear that rub on the heel.
Heel patches- are perfectly contoured to fit in the back of the heel counter in all footwear.
Large rectangle patches are brilliant for larger areas on the insoles of shoes and can also be cut into smaller pieces for equipment or sandals where there are lots of straps that require smaller strips.
How to Apply an Engo Patch
- Select the size of the patch based on the area of coverage required and ensure that your footwear is dry
- Warm the patches with your hands before peeling the backing off… Tip: Select a patch that is around one centimetre larger than the area where you know you get blisters or where you are getting a "hot spot".
- Using the easy peel tab, partially peel away the white backing to give you an area to hold whilst handling the patch.
- Apply the sticky side of the patch to the desired area of dry footwear.
- Peel the remaining backing away and press the patch firmly onto the area.
- Press firmly around the entire patch surface to secure it.
- Using a hairdryer on the patch after is has stuck in place helps to activate the adhesive, use a shoehorn or your fingers to guide the heel into the shoe preserving the length of the patch from the constant rubbing by the heel when putting on the shoe.
Are There Any Other Uses of Engo Patches?
You can apply and engo patch wherever you normally experience blisters or hotspot caused by rubbing next to the skin. For eg:
- Ice -skates
- Oars, Blades and paddles
- Ski poles
- Rake, Hoe and Shovel handles
- Braces and pads
- Gym equipment
- Cricket and baseball bats
- Hockey sticks
- The bottom of furniture feet, to make them easier to move around
How Long Does an Engo Patch Last For?
Patches will eventually need replacing, on average, after 300 miles of use, this is usually when the blue top layer wears through or the patch completely releases from the white support layer.
How to Remove an Engo Patch?
To remove a worn-out Engo patch, simply pull from the edge and it will peel off. Ensure you replace it with another patch to ensure continued protection. If you have a problem removing a patch, then warm it slightly using a hairdryer to loosen the adhesive.
WARNING Engo patches might not adhere to footwear that has been treated with waterproofing spray, such as military boots or some hiking shoes.