Engo Blister Prevention Patches

Engo Blister Prevention Patches
Engo Blister Prevention Patches. Courtesy of Amazon.com

Engo has a different approach to preventing blisters. Engo patches go inside your shoes or attach to other articles to reduce friction in areas where you may get blisters. Usually, blister cover-ups such as moleskin are placed on the skin. But Engo patches are placed inside the shoe in the area that rubs against the place on your foot where blisters develop. This novel approach is guaranteed by the company to prevent blisters.

Trouble With the Usual Blister Pads

I have avoided blister patches such as moleskin for many years. It seemed that applying the patch directly to my skin resulted in an even larger blister forming, underneath the entire extent of the patch. This is definitely not the case for the millions of people who swear by moleskin, and everyone's skin is different. But there are many like me, who can't adhere something to our skin without it creating the blister it is meant to prevent.

Engo Blister Prevention Patches don't adhere to the skin. Instead, they reduce blister-causing friction inside your shoe or on other articles such as bike seats. You trim the Engo patch to the size needed to cover the area in the shoe that rubbed where you have gotten blisters in the past. The Engo patch sticks inside the shoe for approximately four weeks before needing replacement.

Engo Blister Prevention Patches Reduce Friction

As you walk, friction in the area of the Engo patch is reduced, which should reduce the risk of developing a blister. Friction is one component of developing blisters. Others factors in blister development are heat and moisture. By using Engo to reduce friction, you could use cornstarch or other drying agents to reduce moisture. Often, cornstarch doesn't work well with foot lubricants. If I try to use cornstarch along with petroleum jelly, I just get a sock full of goo.

Covering Troublesome Seams and Using New Shoes

You can use Engo patches in areas where a seam rubs against your foot or where the insole meets the shoe upper. Those areas can be the source of irritation and blisters. Engo is good to use for shoes that you don't wear every day, so you never have the chance to break them in. It's smart to keep Engo around to use for new shoes. Wear the new shoes once and if you find any hot spots, target that area for an Engo patch.

Keep Your Socks Clean

A further advantage over anti-blister lubricants is that those preparations soak into your socks and don't come out well in the wash. They are sticky and therefore grit and dirt stick to your socks. Those can become a source of friction and blisters. It's also very hard to wash petroleum jelly and some other lubricants out of your socks. Once you start using it, forget about having clean-looking socks. Engo patches won't cause that problem.

Bottom line: I like having Engo Blister Prevention Patches in my blister-fighting arsenal. It takes many tactics to prevent blisters when you are a fitness walker, and it's good to have one that is unique.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.