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A wearer of an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) may experience skin redness, blisters, or rubbing. These three forums for people with spina bifida (myelomeningocele), multiple sclerosis (MS), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) give many examples of various skin integrity problems associated with wearing an AFO. In addition to modifications of the orthosis, a clinician may […]

Shear offloading is an all-too-often undervalued component of skin injury prevention & treatment. Traditional diabetic foot ulcer & blister treatment calls on pressure management techniques – material ablation or viscoelastic remolding and padding, to resolve skin trauma. What frequently get’s left behind is the shear component of skin tissue trauma. In 1998, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies […]

Recently we introduced the new ShearBan® Product Guide – a step-by-step installation technique and resource booklet developed to improve the users’ experience with ShearBan®. The Guide is available in print format upon request and will soon be downloadable online at The most frequent un-asked question regarding ShearBan technology would have to be “When should […]

Plagiocephaly (or “Plagio”) is a deformation of the skull caused by repeated & consistent external pressure such as utero constraint, back sleeping or as a result of prematurity or another disorder. 1 in 300 infants exhibit some form of plagiocephaly, although the most serious developmental incidence is just 0.4 to 1 per 1,000 live births. […]

The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists 36th Annual Meeting and Symposium is coming up soon – Feb 24-27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. You can view the program at If you see patients with diabetic / neuropathic foot problems and are looking for an edge in ways to address commonly seen problems, please consider […]

We’re pleased to announce the official launch of our new ShearBan® Ovals product – a variation of the original ShearBan 9″x12″ sheets. For over 15 years, Tamarack™ has been committed to the research, testing and development of low-friction technologies, including our ShearBan® and ENGO® product lines. ShearBan® offers a long-lasting solution in the clinical setting […]

Phil Stevens, M.Ed, CPO, FAAOP, just completed a technical note entitled: “The use of ShearBan® in addressing dermatological concerns encountered in the management of deformational plagiocephaly.” Orthotists often fabricate cranial remodeling helmets (aka cranial molding helmets) for infants who have deformational plagiocephaly. Deformational plagiocephaly refers to a misshapen head caused by repeated pressure to an […]

With an emergent international customer base, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies has updated the distributors’ page at to include the entire list of Tamarack™ product distributors worldwide. From the Tamarack Flexure Joint™, Clevisphere Joint™ and fabrication tools, to our ShearBan® Friction Relief Sheets & all-new Oval patches, we want to ensure our customers can locate an […]

Recently published research out of Japan highlights the potential risk that calluses pose to people with diabetic neuropathy. A group at the University of Tokyo looked at signs of inflammation under calluses on diabetic and non-diabetic feet (Nishide et al. 2009). The Tokyo group used ultrasonographic and thermographic imaging techniques to find evidence of traumatized […]

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies and Richie Technologies announced last Friday that we signed a distribution agreement. The agreement is for distribution of the Richie Ulcer Guard with ShearBan Technology™. The Richie Ulcer Guard is a patch designed for prevention and treatment of diabetic ulcers. Distribution efforts for the Richie Ulcer Guard will mainly focus on the […]