ENGO Patches FAQ: What do ENGO Patches look like?
Take a look at ENGO Blister Patches in action here.
How do I apply my ENGO Patch?
Peel the blue patch away the white backing and press it firmly onto your footwear. Let me show you how to apply the four different ENGO patches to all areas of your shoe, insole and orthotic.
How do I choose the right ENGO Patch for my blister?
The patch needs to extend 1-2cm further on each side of the blister area to ensure adequate coverage. Download the manufacturer’s guidance on patch selection here. The large oval patches are the most versatile. If you need to cover a larger area, choose the rectangle patches. If you’d like a smaller patch, simply cut it to size with scissors. And the heel patches are specially designed for blisters at the back of the heel. Watch this video before you apply your heel patches for best results.
Are there any other special application techniques?
If you’re dealing with edge blisters, you’ll need to use the 2-Patch Technique.
How can I ensure I get the most out of each patch?
How long do ENGO Patches last?
We expect you to get 300 miles out of each patch.
How do they work?
By cutting the friction level between the sock and your shoe.
I've got my patch in my shoe, but I'm still getting blisters. What's happening?
The first thing to do is make sure your patch is covering the blitered area. Trace around your blistered area with a texta and stand on your innersole. Make sure there’s 1cm extra patch on all sides – because your foot moves around a bit in your shoe, even under normal circumstances. You can do something similar to check the position of your heel patches. Blisters on the top of your toes will be more tricky. Put a mark on the outside of your shoe where your blister is to help position the patch. If you’re sure your patch is in the right spot, and you’re still getting blisters, get in touch with us!
How to position your Engo patches correctly: Make sure there’s 1cm around your blister area to ensure adequate coverage
Is the adhesive really strong enough to last 300 miles?
Yes, the pressure-sensitive adhesive really is that strong. To get the best adhesion, press firmly around the entire patch surface (particularly edges) to secure it. Then put your shoes on for 30 minutes or so. This will warn the adhesive to make it more tacky, And apply functional pressure to maximise the adhesive bond.
What if my shoes get wet?
ENGO’s performance is not adversely affected by sweat or low levels of moisture inside your footwear. But if they are waterlogged, the adhesive may be compromised and you may have to replace them.
Does ENGO have any other limitations?
How do I know when my ENGO Patch is worn out?
When the blue patch turns white.
How do I remove the patch?
Loosen one edge and pull the patch away from the shoe. If you have any difficulty, gently warm it with a hair dryer to loosen the adhesive ever so slightly. If any adhesive remains on your shoe/insole, standard white vinegar can be used to loosen it so it releases from fabric and leather shoe linings. All it takes is a little vinegar soaked on a cloth that’s rubbed onto the adhesive residue. After about two minutes, the adhesive should almost release in one piece. Any residual adhesive can be scraped with a fingernail or dull utensil. Let the surface dry completely, then apply a new patch. There’s no need to clean the shoe lining further, since the vinegar dries quickly and doesn’t leave any oily residue behind.
Can I apply ENGO Patches to my skin?
ENGO was designed for use in footwear, so we guarantee its effectiveness for those applications. ENGO’s adhesive is not medical grade and therefore has not been tested on skin. ENGO is latex-free in the event you choose to use patches in this manner. Please refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet for more details.
Can I apply ENGO to socks?
Yes. But while ENGO stands up to sweat, it’s probably not going to stand up to the warm, soapy water of your wash cycle when you wash your socks! For the same reason, if you put your shoes through the washing machine, they’ll probably dislodge soon after. There is one technique where ENGO can provide a lot of relief when on the sock.
Does ENGO help if I already have a blister?
What else can ENGO help?
ENGO will prevent hot-spots and chafing and will aid in the management of calluses and ulcers.
How thick is an ENGO patch?
ENGO patches are only 0.38mm thick and very flexible! That means shoe-fit is unchanged.
Does ENGO have an expiry date?
As long as you store your patches in the resealable bag provided, ENGO will last several years. When patches are not protected, the adhesive shelf life may be limited to 24 months.