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GlideWear™ Technology Standard Products

Prosthetic Liner Patch with GlideWear™ Technology for Lower-Limb Amputees

The Prosthetic Liner Patch uses the patented GlideWear™ Technology to protect skin and strategically reduce the friction that causes hotspots and sores. Prosthetic Liner Patches absorb shear to protect amputees’ skin where it comes into contact with the prosthetic liner.

  • Get immediate relief from rubbing at painful points your residual limb comes into contact with your prosthesis.
  • Designed exclusively for below the knee (trans-tibial) amputees who are experiencing friction/shear-induced pain, redness, soreness, or rubbing on their residual limb.
  • Silk-like, two-ply breathable fabric prevents moisture and heat buildup against the skin. Stays in place all day long. Patented technology reduces friction 50-80% and protects skin.
  • Easy to use, durable, and machine washable. Just toss it in the wash with your other laundry. As seen in Amplitude magazine.
  • Works with most gel or silicone prosthetic liners. Sold 2 patches per package.
  • Also great for targeted skin protection for kids with epidermolysis bullosa.

Available to professionals through O&P industry suppliers. To see a list,

Available to consumers through Ithaca Sports.

To use your Prosthetic Liner Patch

  1. Place the patch against the area of concern. If the skin is broken, be sure to clean and cover appropriately with a wound dressing to support proper wound healing.
  2. Roll up your liner as usual, over the patch and your limb, taking care to ensure the patch does not fold over itself as the liner is rolled into position.
  3. Use your prosthesis as usual.

Above-Knee Amputee Prosthetic Brim Sheath with GlideWear™ Technology

Say goodbye to socket discomfort and skin breakdown for good! The Above-Knee Prosthetic Brim Sheath uses  patented GlideWear™ technology to protect skin and reduce the friction that causes hotspots and sores. The brim sheath reduces friction at the socket brim to protect amputees’ skin where it comes into contact with their prosthesis. It’s designed for use with any pin suspension or seal-in liner. By reducing friction (50-80%), the silk-like two ply GlideWear fabric protects against hotspots, blisters, sores and other skin irritation when used daily.

  • Get lasting protection from painful rubbing where your brim comes into contact your skin at the socket brim. Designed for above-the-knee (trans-femoral) amputees.
  • Two-ply silk-like breathable fabric prevents moisture and heat buildup against the skin. Patented technology reduces friction and protects skin.
  • Use the brim sheath to protect the skin where it exits the socket at the brim. Use with any pin suspension or seal-in liner.
  • Easy to use and machine washable. Just toss it in the wash with your other laundry.
  • Providers have suggested HCPCS Code L8410(Rachel, please format this the same way as PLP’s section) Available exclusively through industry suppliers and licensed Orthotic-Prosthetic healthcare providers. To see a list,

How to Use Your Prosthetic Brim Sheath

Size Chart

  • SMALL: GW-KRS-S / Small (S/P) / Socket circumference: 14-18” (35-45 cm)
  • MEDIUM: GW-KRS-M / Medium (M) / Socket circumference: 18-22” (46-55 cm)
  • LARGE: GW-KRS-L / Large (L/G) / Socket circumference: 22-30” (56- 76 cm)
  • EXTRA-LARGE: GW-KRS-XL / Extra Large (XL/XG) / Socket circumference: 30-40” (77-101 cm)

Tamarack Socks with GlideWear™ Technology

GlideWear Socks are crew height and available in white or black. They are designed for protecting specific locations on the feet:

  • Forefoot protection (diabetic neuropathy)
  • Heel and Ankle (primarily for someone in bed for long periods)
  • Midfoot protection (diabetic neuropathy – such as for the common Charcot foot)
  • Partial foot, especially for metatarsal amputations (diabetic neuropathy)

Example shows the GlideWear Forefoot Sock (GW-SX4)

Examples of the GlideWear Partial Foot Sock (right foot uses model GW-SX5, left foot uses GW-SX4)

Example of GlideWear Heel and Ankle sock (GW-SX6)

Examples of the GlideWear Midfoot Sock (model GW-SX8)

Tamarack Underwear and Shorts with GlideWear™ Technology

Underwear/shorts designed specifically for the fit and function of the wheelchair user with a spinal cord injury.

  • GlideWear Underwear (mens) and Shorts (womens) are NOT the same as biking/sports shorts which have a different fit and design and do not deliver a strategic low friction interface zone.

Friction causes shear stress and strain in the load bearing tissue of wheelchair and prolonged bed users leading to increased risk of skin trauma – both at the surface and in deep tissues. There are currently very few interventions addressing friction and shear available for clinicians and users. An intervention must not only be effective at reducing/controlling friction (which causes the shear stress/strain, but must be practical and easy to use for clinicians and consumers. 

Movements associated with performing any activity, whether in bed or sitting in a chair, are not only unavoidable, they are often desirable and necessary. These “micro movements” should be recognized as contributors to shear stresses and strains (tissue distortion) throughout the day. The consumer would benefit from an intervention that increases skin safety by reducing friction in the at risk areas which causes potential for skin damage from shearing. 

A physically active consumer will find themselves in multiple situations and various locations – not just in bed or their primary wheelchair, but in other seating/function locations or support structures such as standing frames, motor vehicle seats, furniture, and sports and recreational equipment. A perfect seat support surface is necessary and beneficial while sitting in the wheelchair, but is not available in these alternate places. The “perfect seat” may manage pressure well, but if it does not have a targeted friction reducing interface incorporated into the cover, it will not be as safe as if it did.

Transfers increase the risk of skin damage from shearing. No wheelchair user can be expected to perform perfect transfers 100% of the time. Small bumps and scrapes can occur during transfers – occasionally in the best cases, frequently in difficult cases – which gradually accumulate and increase the risk of damaging the skin.  Standing frames and multiple position wheelchairs, such as recliners and sit-to-stand chairs, offer many benefits for consumers. Most modern equipment offering these variable positions have designs to reduce the shearing which is unavoidable during position changes. However shear stresses remain when the consumer is weight bearing against the support surface because the joint axes of the equipment simply cannot match the alignment of the anatomical skeletal joint locations and duplicate their movements closely enough. Small traumas which accumulate from micro-movements, positioning changes and the inevitable bumps and scrapes during transfers can be minimized or avoided by incorporating simple friction management strategies. This presentation demonstrates a friction management technology and how incorporating strategically placed low friction interfaces directly into garments, such as underwear and socks, can provide skin protection wherever/ whenever the consumer needs, without having to otherwise plan for or have independent devices constantly available.

Men’s (GW-UND)

Woman’s (GW-SHORT)

Tamarack invites contact for further information from individuals, health care providers, and manufacturers regarding Socks, Underwear or Shorts.

GlideWear™ Technology is made in the USA by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, winner of a 2015 Minnesota Manufacturing Award.