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Friction & Shear Reduction Technology in Podiatry

Innovative Technology That Protects Feet at Risk for Ulcers & Injuries

GlideWear is a dual-layer fabric that glides smoothly against itself, absorbing friction and shear that cause rubbing, calluses, ulcers, and skin breakdown.

“I recommend GlideWear socks to at least five patients every day. Strategic friction reduction is a game changer for many patients with podiatric conditions that are not entirely alleviated by traditional treatments. Compliance is high since patients can tell right away that they are working. Conditions include hallux valgus, hammertoe, tailor’s bunion, metatarsalgia, forefoot calluses, Charcot arthropathy, accessory navicular, Haglund’s deformity, retrocalcaneal exostosis, neuropathic wounds, and decubitus wounds.”

Troy J. Boffeli, DPM, FACFAS
Department Chair and Residency Program Director
HealthPartners Medical Group and Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN

GlideWear products have been used by healthcare providers and patients since 2010 to prevent the friction and shear that cause pressure ulcers in wheelchair seating applications. More recently, the GlideWear team has developed revolutionary new products for amputees, wheelchair users, individuals with neuropathic foot deformities and wounds, and in long-term care facilities. The patented GlideWear technology protects skin by significantly reducing friction and shear, which are leading causes of skin breakdown.

Clinical Evidence & Case Studies

Does Friction/Shear Reducing Low Friction Fabric in Total Contact Cast (TCC) and Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker (CROW) Enhance Wound Healing and Safety? Jan Chevrette, FNP-CWOCN, CFCN, HealthPartners Wound Clinic, St. Paul, MN; Ulrich Schmidt, CPO, Winkley Orthotics & Prosthetics, Minneapolis, MN.

Preventing Pressure Injuries: Intervention with the Adjunctive Treatment of a Textile Friction Reduction Material.Frank Aviles, Jr., PT, CWS, FACCWS, CLT, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, Natchitoches, LA.

Using Strategic Friction Reduction to Prevent and Treat Pressure Injuries. Sheila Howes-Trammel, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CWCN, CCCN, CFCN, CLNC, Hennepin Country Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN.

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When integrated into socks, GlideWear technology significantly reduces friction and shear, and protects the heels, ankles, midfoot, and forefoot.

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Improving the “Gold Standard” in Diabetic Foot Care


A GlideWear Low Friction Patch reduces friction and shear, protects skin & keeps dressings in place in the total contact cast

Some patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) don’t respond to the total contact cast. One reason is simple: shear. Shear happens when the top layer of skin is pulled one way and lower layers are pulled the opposite direction. Even when the foot is immobilized in a total contact cast (TCC), shear can occur, resulting in delayed healing or lack of improvement in DFUs.

“The GlideWear patch should be used in every TCC where the dressing has shifted or there are signs of friction/shear over bony prominences.”

Jan Chevrette, FNP-C, CWOCN, CFCN
HealthPartners Wound Ostomy Clinic, St. Paul, MN

When placed over wound dressings in the TCC, the GlideWear Low Friction Patch removes friction and shear and keeps dressings in place. The patch is easy to use, even for less experienced practitioners.

“Placement of a GlideWear Low Friction Patch directly over the patient’s wound dressing within a TCC protects the wound from deleterious friction and shear forces which could directly delay or impair the healing process.”

Dr. Mark Melin, Vascular Surgeon

GlideWear Features:

  • Targeted protection of at-risk areas (heel, ankle, midfoot, forefoot)
  • Ultra-low coefficient of friction
  • Clinically effective skin protection
  • FDA cleared Class I Medical Device
  • Patented, friction-reducing technology

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Complimentary Services Provided by the GlideWear Clinical Team

Clinical Expertise

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc., the manufacturer of GlideWear, has clinical expertise available to assist medical professionals, caregivers or individuals with using GlideWear skin protection technologies including the standard applications as can be seen in our catalog or on our website, or for unique challenges that might require that a custom intervention be developed. Mark Payette, CO, ATP and Caroline Portoghese, OTR/L, ATP/SMS are available for phone or email communications.

On-Site Consultations

No charge on-site consultation can be arranged for individual cases in our local vicinity (Minnesota). Please contact Mark Payette, CO, ATP, or Caroline Portoghese, OTR/L, ATP/SMS if you would like to make a referral to discuss a situation with a client in the private or clinic setting at 763-759-0057 or info@glidewear.com.

Trainings and CEUs

Tamarack Clinicians also offer educational in-servicing with CEUs (continuing education units) for professional caregivers which can present the science of friction and shear as well as to detail the product lines for understanding best uses and opportunities for protecting the skin of persons who are in long term care settings (and in bed a significant percentage of time), having diabetic neuropathic foot callus and wound problems, or who use a wheelchair.