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Passed Events

Exhibitions, Workshops, Seminars, Congresses

January 2018

Jan 12 - 13, 2018
D.A.F. Masterkurs Vorfußchirurgie
Düsseldorf, Germany /

December 2017

Dec 17, 2017
Heilpraktiker Akademie Bayern 2017 - Taping
München, Germany
Dec 02, 2017
6. Leipziger Fußdialog
Leipzig, Germany /
Dec 01 - 02, 2017
GFFC 25. Internationales Symposium für Fußchirurgie
München, Germany /

November 2017

Nov 16 - 18, 2017
2017 College of Podiatry Annual Conference
Liverpool, Great Britain /


Liverpool: 2017 is now coming to a close and DARCO (Europe) is now also winding down a year packed with International congresses and exhibitions. Every year in November is the Annual College of Podiatry Conference (COP). This is a very poplar event and superbly organized by the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists. This year's event was held at the ACC Liverpool in heart of the wharf district in Liverpool UK. The conference is the largest podiatry event in Europe; hence, the over 1400 delegates attending a unique program with interesting scientific lectures, workshops and the latest in podiatry products on the market today. Podiatrists are a specialized breed always striving to create the best environment with the highest quality of products within and outside of the NHS health care system for their patients. The attendees streamed into the exhibition hall to view the wares from professional organizations and associations reaching across Europe. DARCO was among the 80 different exhibitors and received overwhelming positive feedback. We service the UK through our strong alliances and provide products within and outside of the NHS.

DARCO as an international group operating worldwide manufacturing orthopaedic foot and ankle products are proud to have been in attendance. Our slogan: Always "one step ahead" was with the intension to focus on the theme of this years conference "keep moving". We formally introduced just one of our latest innovations, the "Relief Dual®" to the Podiatrist community and received positive recognition. Thank you to everyone who visited our booth this year and for the truly worthwhile discussions. Looking forward to seeing you again in 2018.

Nov 10 - 11, 2017
13. Rheingauer Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie (Basiskurs)
Rüdesheim, Germany /
Nov 09 - 11, 2017
Annual Meeting of A-DFS
Venice, Italy /

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DARCO and Woundcare-Circle:
Strong partners in the international diabetic foot society

"Three days of high quality sessions on soft tissue infections osteomyelitis, revascularization, organization, setting and education, Charcot, critical limb ischemia, wound closure strategies as well as excellent poster presentations, oral presentations from abstracts, prize winning presentations and satellite symposia" (http://a-dfs.org/conference-2017/)

The annual meeting of the Association for Diabetic Surgeons (A-DFS) took place this year in Venice Italy and exceeded our expectations. At this year's meeting there were more than 250 participants; tripling the attendance from the previous year in Stuttgart. And the international guest list was impressive. Specialists from more than 42 countries came together to discuss best practice in research, education and clinical interventions. The event supported and fortified cooperation between foot surgeons in the field of the diabetic foot.

DARCO has been a strong supporter of this society since A-DFS was established in 2014. We do this not just because we develop products for wound care and for the diabetic foot, but also because it´s has always been our credo to support knowledge sharing and the development of new treatment standards to improve the quality of life for diabetic patients.

DARCO is one of the original founders of the Woundcare-Circle and this year, we attended the meeting under this umbrella. "Get pressure ulcers under control" is the message we place at the Woundcare-Circle Symposium. Our workshop was conducted by some of the leading experts in the field; Javier Aragón Sánchez (Spain), Alberto Piaggesi (Italy), Dane Wukich (USA) and Giacomo Clerici (Italy). The workshop title: The added value of Modern offloading in the Surgical Management of the Diabetic Foot: An Algorithm to link Science and Clinical Practice. The workshop was attended by over 150 guests and the professionals gave interesting lectures on the topic and also explained the philosophy of the Woundcare-Circle. Visitors were introduced to DARCO, Heelift and OPTIMA products, while addressing the growing need for effective solutions for the professional care giver.

By introducing our products to the international community of diabetic foot specialists, we elevated the interest in the DARCO product portfolio on Diabetes and Woundcare products. The DARCO "Relief Dual®" was the topic of many discussions and worthwhile interactions. DARCO and the Woundcare-Circle are pleased to have participated in this year's event providing quality time and expertise for the attendees of the A-DFS meeting and we're looking forward to 2018. We would love to see you there!

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October 2017

Oct 28 - 29, 2017
DARCO Hands-on Workshop "Kinesiologisches Tapen"
Raisting, Germany /
Oct 24 - 27, 2017
DKOU Deutscher Kongress für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Berlin, Germany /
Hall 4.2 | Booth 91
Oct 20 - 21, 2017
Köln, Germany /
Hall 4.2 | Booth C-11



DARCO was on location this year and witnessed first-hand how the event has grown since its inception 8 years ago. Occurring every two years, this was the first time DARCO was a Silver sponsor supporting this multi-faceted congress. The focus of the event draws a unique mix of manufactures, service providers and educational institutions combined with researchers, technicians and orthopedic surgeons. It is one of the principal orthopedic technical events in Central Europe placing great attention on advancements and innovations in the industry. Visitors and delegates alike, all strive to not only cultivate improvements but to keep abreast of the progress in orthotic footwear and devices.

"OST" as it is fondly known, presented an ideal opportunity for us to launch two of our latest innovations allowing us to reach across multiple areas of interest. We were able to discuss our vision and we had constructive dialog with the professionals in the field. The feedback was positive and the introduction of the Relief Insert® Walker and our new AllRound Shoe was well received.

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Oct 20 - 21, 2017
9. Berliner Expertenkurs
Berlin, Germany /
Oct 14, 2017
13. Fußchirurgisches Symposium, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Klink, Germany
Oct 13, 2017
Pauwels-Symposium | Update in der Fußchirurgie
Aachen, Germany
Oct 07, 2017
1. Interdisziplinären Workshop "Diabetisches Fußsyndrom"
Stuttgart, Germany /
Oct 06 - 07, 2017
8. Erlanger Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie (Aufbaukurs)
Erlangen, Germany /
Oct 04 - 07, 2017
Pisa Diabetic Foot Courses
Pisa, Italy /

September 2017

Sep - 30, 2017
2. WundDACH Dreiländerkongress
St. Gallen, Switzerland /

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"Supporting wound treatment in a contemporary structure and in accordance with the current status of medical advancements in German speaking countries and European regions"; so reads the mission of WundD.A.CH.

Since 2012 WundD.A.CH is the parent organisation of all German speaking associations and groups, which are strategically and operatively active in the field of wound management.

The organization was founded by professional associations; AWA (Austrian Wound Association), ICW e.V. (Initiative Chronic Wounds) and SAfW (Swiss Association for Wound Care).

As one of the founding members of the Woundcare-Circle, this year's meeting was important for two reasons. Our first objective was to present glimpse into our on-going activities with the WCC as well as to exhibit therapeutic products in the field of diabetic and Woundcare. And this year it was our intension to provide a unique meeting place for the German delegates.

On board at the event was DARCO's Swiss based distributor Orthopartner, as well as our DARCO counterpart in Austria profeet.

DARCO demonstrated its leadership in the treatment of foot and ankle wounds and presented itself as a specialist at the jointly held booth under the umbrella of the Woundcare-Circle. The WWC was proud to host a lunch symposium under the title of THE "DIABETIC FOOT" MODERN KNOWLEDGE AND CONCEPTS FOR TREATMENT Saturday.

The lectures were given by PD Dr. Med. Dieter Mayer senior physician and Specialist for Vascular surgery and Surgery at Kantonsspital Freiburg, CH and the senior physician, team leader in technical orthopaedics at the University Hospital Balgrist Zurich, CH; Dr. med. Thomas Böni.

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In the filled lecture hall the visitors followed the explanations given by the Specialists and also became familiar with the Woundcare-Circle Algorithm, a guideline for the Diabetic Foot Off-Loading through all phases of the disease. We are thankful to all the visitors who came to our booth and to those who attended the symposium. It's always an enlightening worthwhile experience for DARCO to attend the WundD.A.CH events and we look forward to the next one.

Sep 23, 2017
7. Fachtagung Diabetes-Pflege-Management - Ambulant trifft Klinik
Berlin, Germany /
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Sep 20 - 22, 2017
8th DARCO (Europe) Distributor Meeting
Raisting, Germany /


How we welcomed our European distributors!

Every second year or so, DARCO invites its key distributors throughout Europe here to Raisting. Ours partners receive a closer look into the direction DARCO is headed. There were scientific lectures, insights into the development of a product and the shift in our manufacturing model.

Our European partners mean a great deal to us and we always try to schedule the event during a nice time of year so our guests can also enjoy the Upper Bavarian culture, hospitality, beautiful nature, and of course a little bit of local fun. This year was no exception, we were able to host all of our guests to an evening at the 'one of a kind', world famous, Oktoberfest.

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Without question, a good time was had by all, but more importantly; the DARCO Distributor Meeting is one way for us to say thank you to our very loyal partners. We made sure the meeting was packed-filled with information and exchange. We want to see our partners face to face and obtain a better understanding of each one and learn how, we together, can formulate solutions to the obstacles on the ground in their respective regions. We wanted to explore how we can build a stronger brand together to improve each business throughout the continent.

We took the opportunity to learn from one another on the topic of a "Digital World". The setting allows us to explore and compare the many ideas of how to overcome the disruption of changing Health care regulations and the competition. Everyone shares, listens and engages it was very inspiring.

Our guests from 10 countries left knowing the latest about DARCO- our restructuring into HG DARCO GROUP, the German manufacturing expansion in Köhra and right here in Raisting and our desire to engage direct "Open Innovation" with our distributors. There will certainly be more to come in 2019- we're excited about the future.

Sep 16, 2017
14. Marktoberdorfer Wundforum
Marktoberdorf, Germany /
Sep 08 - 10, 2017
DFSG (Diabetic Foot Study Group)
Porto, Portugal /
Booth 17


Spreading the word: DARCO pointing out new concepts of modern offloading at DFSG

"Advancement of knowledge on all aspects of diabetic foot care", this was the theme of this year's DFSG meeting. Same as in previous years, DARCO was taking part at the annual event of DFSG under the umbrella of Woundcare-Circle. This year's meeting took place in famous Porto, Lisboa, located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, registered UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The three day meeting offered a unique opportunity to meet with leading Diabetic Foot experts and to be updated on the diabetic foot research happening across Europe.

Besides providing innovative product solutions, DARCO is qualified by it's long lasting and permanent support and funding of the research, the science and the management of foot disease. DFSG Porto is the perfect platform for us to introduce DARCO's offloading products and the algorithm of Woundcare-Circle, of which DARCO is a founding member. Besides high-quality lectures and an interesting exhibition area, the visitors were invited to also join special workshops.

More than half of the 300 attendees visited the Woundcare-Circle workshop where Dr. Alberto Piaggesi (Italy), Dr. Claudia Giacomozzi (Italy) and Dr. José Luis Lázaro Martínez (Spain) explained new concepts of modern offloading.

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DARCO would like to thank DFSG Executive Committee for hosting us, all attendees for joining us at the workshop and at the booth. We here at the DARCO look forward to the next year's meeting in Berlin, see next autumn!

Sep 08 - 09, 2017
24. Lübecker Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie (Masterkurs)
Lübeck, Germany /

August 2017

Aug 25 - 26, 2017
2. Hamburger Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie (Aufbaukurs)
Hamburg, Germany /
Aug 25 - 27, 2017
30th Annual Meeting of the Indian Foot & Ankle Society-IFASCON
Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India /

July 2017

Jul 29, 2017
5. Diessner 12h MTB-Europameisterschaft
Dießen, Germany /
Jul 03 - 07, 2017
Diabetic Foot International Summer School of Sugery
Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital
Bergamo, Italy
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Review: DARCO at Summer School
Bergamo, Italy

"Real life in a multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Centre"

This is how the Diabetic Foot International Summer School of Surgery gets to the heart of the issue.

Since its inception, the Diabetic Foot International Summer School of Surgery has drawn experts and professionals from around the world to the event and is now considered one of the most profiled seminars for foot surgeons in the international community.

This year's event was at Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital, Bergamo, Italy. Bringing together the world's top experts, the seminar's focus was specifically addressing: Diabetic Foot Infection, Ischemic Diabetic Foot, Charcot Foot, Plastic Surgery, Revascularization and Amputation as well as Postoperative offloading methods to prevent avoidable complications. They designed interactive discussions on a case by case basis with the experts. The Summer School seminar is limited to 15 participants worldwide. The scientific board was comprised of international heavy-weights from across continents: Dr. Giacomo Clerici (Bergamo, Italy), Prof. Robert G. Frykberg (Phoenix, USA), Prof. Chris Attinger (Washington DC, USA) and Dr. Fermin Martinez de Jesus (Veracruz, Mexico) just to name a few.

Unique to this scientific seminar, surgeons are entitled to access to the operating theatre and Cath labs (Examination rooms). In addition, the professionals have direct access to the in-patient wards and out-patient clinics.

On July 5th DARCO and its partners of the Woundcare-Circle conducted a "Hands-On" workshop focusing on the question: "what is the best choice for our patients?" The Woundcare-Circle presented clinically approved therapy programmes and products were explained in detail that offered specific solutions based on need and severity. We explored product options from casting to walkers and re-visited the importance for effective off-loading devices.

DARCO would like to thank the organizer for inviting us and allowing us the opportunity to face the international community of diabetic and wound care surgeons. With respect and honor we would support the Diabetic Foot International Summer School again in 2018.

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Jul 01 - 02, 2017
DARCO Hands-on Workshop "Kinesiologisches Tapen"
Raisting, Germany /

June 2017

Jun 30 - Jul 01, 2017
1. Erlanger Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie (Masterkurs)
Erlangen, Germany /
Jun 23 - 24, 2017
11. Expertenkurs Technische Orthopädie & Konservative Therapie
Gudensberg, Germany /
Jun 09 - 10, 2017
Symposium der Klinik Dr. Guth:
Legerwall in der Fußchirurgie- Korrekturmöglichkeiten am voroperierten Fuß
Hamburg, Germany

May 2017

May 24, 2017
4. Oberland Fußsymposium
Penzberg, Germany
May 15 - 18, 2017
CMEF China International Medical Equipment Fair
Shanghai, China /
Booth M15-G

Why is DARCO (Europe) in Bavaria involved in an event for the Chinese market?

DARCO is an international company with operations around the world; USA, Europe, China and India. We participate actively in international events and tradeshows.

Our involvement on exhibitions, conferences and professional meetings allow us to communicate directly with the professional associations and the medical community. Which at the end of the day; actually brings us closer to our customers and to the people whom, through our products, enjoy an improvement in the quality of their lives. Through these commitments we develop a sense for the market place and we have the chance to establish ourselves and our position with our competitors. Finally and perhaps most importantly, we have the opportunity to engage the experts in the field 'face to face' in demanding, thought provoking discussions. These are the building blocks behind our innovations with product development.

For many years DARCO (Europe) has been organising the booth of DARCO China at the 'China Medical Equipment Fair CMEF' within the Bavarian Pavilion.

The "China Medical Equipment Fair" in Shenzhen, China is the premier 'Medical Device' event in the Asian-Pacific region. The event draws nearly 4000 exhibitors from 150 nations every Spring and Fall. Shenzhen has an average age of 29 and its 15 million residents boast an annual growth of 20%; clearly one of the most dynamic cities in China and in the world. It's the perfect setting for the more than 110,000 visitors that converge on the 'mega city'. And for DARCO with our 30 years of expertise, we score big with our innovative, high quality orthopaedic footwear and soft goods at this event. DARCO has the 'know how' and the experience to develop effective world-wide campaigns. For us it's important to remain close to our customers and to fortify our international brand on the world market place.

The CMEF fall show is already approaching and once again DARCO (Europe) is looking forward to assisting our operations at DARCO China.

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May 10 - 12, 2017
Deutscher Wundkongress, Bremer Pflegekongress
Bremen, Germany /
Hall 4, Booth O3
May 08 - 11, 2017
ISPO 16th World Congress
Cape Town, South Africa /
Booth D19

"Every 15 seconds somewhere in the world
a foot and ankle specialist prescribes a DARCO product."

- Darrel Darby, global CEO DARCO International

ISPO World Congress is a global event for multidisciplinary prosthetic and orthotic care. 2017 was the 16th edition of the ISPO World Congress and for the first time ever, held in Cape Town South Africa.

For many years now DARCO is serving customers in African countries. But for the first time, DARCO (Europe) has organized a booth in South Africa which is the leading market for medical devices on the African continent. After the USA, Germany is the second largest supplier of medical devices to the South African market.

In the German Pavilion, DARCO presented a wide range of postoperative and wound care products focused on the treatment of the foot and ankle. Most of our visitors already knew about DARCO and we received praise on the high value and effectiveness of our products.

Visitors from all parts of the world like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Singapore, Hawaii, Philippines, Romania, Madagascar and France showed up at the DARCO booth. With great pleasure, we will serve their needs through our international headquarters; in the USA, India, China and Europe.

DARCO offers a full product line of footwear specifically designed to control plantar pressure after surgery and in cases where wounds or diabetic ulcers are present. Different economic and medical standards require different approaches. Our portfolio ranges from cost effective proven off-loading footwear like the MedSurg Healing Shoe to new cutting edge innovative products carrying special features like that found in our new Relief Dual® Off-loading.

This is what we stand for: the highest quality standards, cutting-edge innovations and the best service.

We already have our sights the next ISPO World Congress in 2019 - Kobe, Hyogo, Japan.

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May 05 - 06, 2017
4. Wiener Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie (Basiskurs)
Wien, Austria /
May 04, 2017
Fuß/Sprunggelenk - Wirbelsäule/Bandscheibe
München, Germany /
May 03 - 05, 2017
EWMA (European Wound Management Association)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands /
Booth 2B10

DARCO Europe in Amsterdam

From prevention through chronic and acute phases, DARCO together with its Woundcare-Circle partners offers a wide range of products in the diabetic and wound care therapies. Customers from all over the world are more than satisfied with our services and value the 30 years of DARCO's experience in the field of foot and ankle treatment.

EWMA 2017 represented itself as diverse and comprehensive. The 2017 conference offered a broader range of topics within the area of wound healing than ever before, presenting key-note speakers, workshops, focus sessions, and full day EWMA symposiums.

The lecture given by Prof. Alberto Piaggesi on the "Diabetic Foot - Assessments, Offloading and Footwear" was focused on the use of a variety of products, including DARCO's solutions for offloading of the diabetic foot.

We want to say thank you to all the visitors who came to see DARCO and the Woundcare-Circle at this year's event. And we have a special heartfelt Thank you to the amazing support from our local distributors! We enjoyed speaking to a diverse, international audience and look forward to a solid engagement in the progress of wound healing and to the valuable networking possibilities for the future.

See you again for EWMA 2018 in Krakow!

April 2017

Apr 27 - 29, 2017
Kassel, Germany /
Hall 5, Booth C 01
Apr 07 - 08, 2017
4. MIS-Expertenkurs
Innsbruck, Austria /
Apr 01 - 02, 2017
***Booked out***
DARCO Hands-on Workshop "Kinesiologisches Tapen"
Raisting, Germany /
Apr 01, 2017
10. Hannoveraner Hand-in-Hand-Symposium, Herausforderung Fuß
Hannover, Germany /

March 2017

Mar 31 - Apr 01, 2017
14. Grazer Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie (Aufbaukurs)
Graz, Austria /
Mar 31 - Apr 01, 2017
3rd Tansatlantic Wound Science and Podiatric Medicine Conference
Galway, Ireland /
Mar 24 - 25, 2017
9. Aachener - Expertenkurs
Aachen, Germany /
Mar 24 - 25, 2017
23. Jahrestagung der D.A.F
Bochum, Germany /
Booth 144
Mar 23 - 25, 2017
DFCon Diabetic Foot Global Conference 2017
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria, Houston, Texas USA /
Booth 6
Mar 16 - 18, 2017
Therapie Leipzig
Leipzig, Germany /

Booth: Hall 1/F17

Mar 15 - 18, 2017
7. Wintermeeting und 2. Symposium für Sprunggelenksendoprothetik
Scheffau, Austria /
Mar 14 - 18, 2017
AAOS American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Annual Meeting
San Diego, California, USA /
Mar 08 - 10, 2017
8. ICW-Süd / HWX-Kongress
Würzburg, Germany /
Mar 03 - 04, 2017
13. Göttinger Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie (Basiskurs)
Göttingen, Germany /

February 2017

Feb 17 - 18, 2017
1. Göttinger Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie (Aufbaukurs)
Göttingen, Germany /
Feb 10 - 11, 2017
2. Rostocker Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie (Masterkurs)
Rostock, Germany /

January 2017

Jan 30 - Feb 02, 2017
Arab Health
Dubai /

Booth/Stand: H4.D70

Review Arab Health 2017:

DARCO goes Dubai

DARCO International is dedicated to being one of the leading providers of post op, trauma and wound care solutions to the global foot and ankle community.

For many years running now, we've been on-sight at the Arab Health Dubai Congress. We're "one of the family" among the exhibitors and place great value in the event. Arab Health Dubai is the largest healthcare exhibition & medical congress in the Middle East and the second largest in the world.

Notably this year was the evidence that diabetes is on the rise worldwide and the elevated awareness for prevention and treating the diabetic foot has intensified in the Middle East. The need for solutions and effective treatments for the diabetic foot was vividly prevalent.

DARCO is continually working on more effective solutions for prevention and the treatment of pressure ulcers on the foot; while never losing sight of the need for postoperative solutions. This is DARCO's territory. With passion and dedication we've continued to evolve with this rapidly changing world for more than 30 years.

Arab Health Dubai is colourful and full of variety, so is DARCO. It's beyond the manufacturing and sale of products; DARCO a worldwide group with headquarters in the USA and subsidiaries in Europe, China and India, is committed to the continued progress for better healthcare possibilities. And we are dedicated to the education of physicians as well as health care providers engaged in the medical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle throughout the world.

It was a successful meeting in Dubai this year and we look forward to returning again in 2018.

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Jan 15 - 17, 2017
Journées Cicatrisations 2017
Paris, France /

Booth/Stand: 34bis

Review: Wounds on the foot?
DARCO as a strong member of the Woundcare-Circle in France

Journées Cicatrisations 2017

Société Française et Francophone des Plaies et Cicatrisations (SFPPC)

The French Society for Wound Healing organizes its traditional annual meeting in Paris.

From the 15th to 17th of January this year 3,500 professionals; including doctors, caregivers, surgeons and pharmacists all gathered at Palais des Congrès in Paris to contribute to the progress of the discipline.

This year, SFFPC included a Special Session called Update in Wound Technologies (UWT) regarding new technologies in the treatment of Ulcers of the diabetic foot and leg.

Prof. Alberto Piaggesi, Pisa, Italy (Council Member EWMA) moderated the topic "How new technologies have improved the Off-loading of the diabetic foot in the phases of prevention, therapy and re-adaptation"

Together with our partners of the Woundcare-Circle we develop new concepts and superior solutions for clinicians and patients under the mission "Get pressure ulcers under control" and the Diabetic Foot Off-loading Algorithm©, developed by Franco Salvatelli, is gaining more and more international recognition.

Since 2013, DARCO and the Woundcare-Circle have been participating in the French Wound Healing Congress. Under new organization and management, this year's event was not only insightful for all attendees but also proved to be an enormous success. The healing of wounds and improving the quality of life for the diabetic patient is the common goal. DARCO and the Woundcare-Circle are very proud to be part of this event.

The Woundcare-Circle team was comprised of US, Italian, German and Swiss members and our booth was the center of great interest as we explored the growing requirements with in-depth discussions and offered insights specific to individual needs. Visitors were introduced to DARCO, Heelift and OPTIMA products, addressing the growing need for effective solutions for the professional care giver.

By introducing new products as well to the French market, we elevated the interest in the Diabetic Foot Off-loading Algorithm© effectiveness and the Woundcare-Circle philosophy. The DARCO "Relief Dual" and the OPTIMA "SBi", were both the topic of many discussions and worthwhile interactions. DARCO and the Woundcare-Circle are pleased to have participated in this year's event providing time and expertise for the attendees of the Journées Cicatrisations and we are looking forward to 2018. Perhaps we'll see you there!

December 2016

Dec 09 - 11, 2016
DFSICON - Diabetic Foot Society of India
Aurangabad, India /
Dec 02 - 03, 2016
GFFC 24. Internationales Symposium für Fußchirurgie
München, Germany /

November 2016

Nov 30, 2016
Fortbildungsveranstaltung: Plattfuß beim Kind und Erwachsenen, Chirurgische Praxisklinik
Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany
Nov 26, 2016
5. Leipziger Fußdialog
Leipzig, Germany /
Nov 18 - 19, 2016
GFFC 12. Rheingauer Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Rheingau, Germany /
Nov 18 - 19, 2016
5. Jahreskongress der Deutschen Kniegesellschaft
Hamburg, Germany /

Nov 17 - 19, 2016
College of Podiatry Annual Conference
Glasgow, Scotland /

Booth: 35

Review: College of Podiatry Annual Conference
Glasgow, Scotland, Nov 17 - 19, 2016

The College of Podiatry Annual Conference was a successful but also challenging tradeshow and it was DARCO'sfirst time exhibiting at this renowned event. The Annual Conference is Europe'sbiggest and most notable podiatry conference on the continent. Hosted in various cities every year, this year'svenue was in the historical Scottish city of Glasgow.

Over 1,200 podiatrists, 100 speakers and 80 Exhibitors joined the meeting during the 3 day event. The UK has the largest society of Podiatrist in Europe and this discipline is experiencing phenomenal growth in the private sector. DARCO'smessage was received positively as we show-cased the next generation of off-loading shoes and the advances we've made with the redistribution of weight on the plantar surface. The sophistication of our innovations was received enthusiastically among the professionals in the field.

The next College of Podiatry Annual Conference is now scheduled for the 16-18 November 2017 at the ACC Convention Centre in Liverpool. Our reception was so overwhelmingly positive, we will certainly return to the conference next year. We hope to see you there.

October 2016

Oct 25 - 28, 2016
Deutscher Kongress für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Berlin, Germany /

Booth: 4.2/84 in Halle 4.2

Oct 21 - 22, 2016
GFFC 8. Berliner Expertenkurs "Kindliche Fußdeformitäten"
Berlin, Germany /
Oct 15 - 16, 2016
DARCO Hands-on Workshop
"Kinesiologisches Tapen"
Raisting, Germany /
Oct 15, 2016
12. Fußchirurgisches Symposium Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Rehaklinik Klink/Müritz, Germany
Oct 12 - 15, 2016
The Pisa International Diabetic Foot Course
Management of the Diabetic Foot
Pisa, Italy /
Oct 08, 2016
Tag der Orthopädie-Schuhtechnik
Achern, Germany
Oct 07 - 08, 2016
GFFC 7. Erlanger Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Erlangen, Germany /
Oct 05 - 06, 2016
2nd Nordic Diabetic Foot Symposium
Kopenhagen, Denmark /

Review: DARCO Diabetes and Woundcare Products in Scandinavia
2nd Nordic Diabetic Foot Symposium,
Copenhagen, Denmark, 5 - 6 October 2016

With great pleasure DARCO participated at the 2nd Nordic Diabetic Foot Symposium on 5-6 October 2016, at Copenhagen University under the umbrella of Woundcare-Circle.

"The symposium provided a forum for sharing and dissemination of high level scientific evidence as well as local examples of best practice diabetic foot care. It also served as a platform for coordinating the joint effort of promoting guideline implementation in each of the Nordic countries" 1

Following the mission of the NDF Symposia, Woundcare-Circle presented Symposia: "An Algorithm for Modern Off-loading... and not only" presented by Dr. Clerici (Italy), with chairman's Dr. Klaus Klaus Kirketerp-Møller, Chair Nordic Diabetic Foot Symposium (Denmark) and Dr. De Giglio (Italy).

During the discussion in the plenum it became obvious, how important the exchange of interdisciplinary knowledge in diabetic footcare is. Off-loading devices - not only during day time - are mandatory for the prevention and healing of diabetic foot ulcerations. New technologies offer also for industrialised devices more and more customized solutions and therefore can be adapted to patients needs more easily. Once again the Woundcare-Circle Algorithm, established as a guideline for treatment of diabetic foot in daily practice, corresponding with the International Guidelines of Diabetic Foot, The Hague 2015, described appropriate solutions for specific indications and difficult foot problems.

The accompanying poster session showed the user report of the Orthotic Management after Chopart Amputation in Diabetic Patients published by Dr. De Giglio (Italy). The Body Armor® Pro Term Foot Stump Orthosis is developed by DARCO is a superb intermediate treatment to support normal stump and the poster met with a high level of interest.

Thank you to all our supporters. We are looking forward to the next Nordic Diabetic Foot Symposia.

1) http://nordicdiabeticfoot.com/ndf-symposium-2016.html

Dr. De Giglio (Italy) presenting Poster of the
Orthotic Management after Chopart
Amputation in Diabetic Patients

Dr. De Giglio (left) and Dr. Clerici (right)
presenting the Woundcare-Circle Symposia.

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September 2016

Sep 25 - 29, 2016
WUWHS 2016
Florence, Italy /

Booth: 151/112

REVIEW: World Union of Wound Healing Societies, Florence, September 25-29, 2016

WUWHS had been organized under the motto "One Vision, One Mission" to summarize a precise objective in a few clear words: to promote with determination a greater coalescence and integration of all the Scientific Societies around the world that have the care of skin wounds as their main mission.1)

DARCO participated for the first time under the umbrella of Woundcare-Circle at WHWUS and proudly supported the Focus Session on Off-loading the Diabetic Foot. The session was presented by Prof. Alberto Piaggesi, Director of the Diabetic Foot Section of the University Hospital of Pisa, Tuscany in reference to the Pisa Charcot Foot Protocol and his experiences with different off-loading devices following diabetic foot treatment. Among those DARCO, OPTIMA Molliter and Heelift devices were used to prevent pressure ulcers, decreasing healing-time, increasing quality of life and compliance of the patient.

Concluding the focus session Prof. Alberto Piagessi presented the current Woundcare-Circle Algorithm corresponding with the International Guidelines of DFSG in, The Hague 2015 as a guideline for use of off-loading footwear in daily practice.

In addition to the Focus Session, DARCO presented its range of products at the booth. This gave us the opportunity to interact with the more than 4000 participants of the conference.

Visitors from all parts of the world shared the mission of Woundcare-Circle "Get pressure ulcers under control" and were updated on the proved and innovative solutions of DARCO Diabetic and Woundcare products.

New friendships and collaborations started. We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone for making this conference a success for DARCO and the Woundcare-Circle. We are grateful to WUWHS, Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Vladimir Obolenskiy for their generous support. Many thanks also to Prof. Alberto Piagessi, Prof. David Armstrong and Dott. Giacomo Clerici for their extensive efforts in giving scientific input.

1) http://www.wuwhs2016.com

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Sep 24 - 25, 2016
DARCO Hands-on Workshop
"Kinesiologisches Tapen"
Schenefeld, Germany /
Sep 17, 2016
7. Wundkongress
Zeulenroda-Triebes, Germany
Sep 15, 2016
Patientenforum Fuss und Sprunggelenk, Annastift
Hannover, Germany /
Sep 09 - 11, 2016
13th Scientific meeting of the Diabetic Foot Study Group (DFSG)
Stuttgart, Germany /

Review: 13th annual meeting of the Diabetic Foot Study Group, Stuttgart

The annual conference of the Diabetic Foot Study Group is always highly scientific and innovative. This year's event took place in Stuttgart September 9-11. For insiders and new arrivals this unique atmosphere is both instructive and international linking. Therefore, it wasn't surprising that when our speakers Prof. Dr. Maximilian Spraul, Prof. Alberto Piaggesi, Dr. José Luis Lázaro Martínez and Prof. Dr. David Armstrong opened the Woundcare-Circle Symposium "Off-Loading: Evidence, Practice and Strategies", more than 170 participants followed the lecture. Prof. Dr. David Armstrong presented the Woundcare-Circle Algorithm for modern Off-Loading and the Diabetic Foot in remission which is based on the current International Guide Lines of Diabetic Foot 2015.

Woundcare-Circle, as a global partnership, provides clinicians and patients superior solutions for the redistribution of pressure at the heel, foot and ankle by enabling the development and dissemination of clinical evidence focusing on best practice based on a clinically approved therapy programme.

13th annual meeting of the Diabetic Foot Study Group, Stuttgart

From left to right: Jose Luis Lazaro (Spain), Franco Salvatelli (OPTIMA Molliter), David Armstrong (USA),
Alberto Piaggesi (Italy), Maximilian Spraul (Germany), Rainer Kalleitner (DARCO Europe)

Orthopaedic Shoes, Orthopedic devices, Ankle Brace, Orthosis, Tapes
Sep 09 - 10, 2016
GFFC 23. Lübecker Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Lübeck, Germany /
Sep 08 - 09, 2016
Annual Meeting of Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeons (A-DFS)
Stuttgart, Germany /
Sep 03, 2016
13. Marktoberdorfer Wundforum
Marktoberdorf /

August 2016

Aug 26 - 28, 2016
IFASCON - Indian Foot And Ankle Society
Ranchi, Jharkhand, India /

July 2016

Jul 30, 2016
4. Diessener 12h MTB-Europameisterschaft
Dießen, Germany /
Jul 15 - 17, 2016
13. Roth Challenge Triathlon
Roth /

June 2016

Jun 23 - 25, 2016
Charcot Foot Course
Rheine /
Jun 23 - 25, 2016
Foot International Congress
Berlin /

Booth Number 18

Jun 16 - 19, 2016
Ohlstadt /
Jun 11 -12, 2016
DARCO Hands-on Workshop
"Kinesiologisches Tapen"
Raisting /
Jun 09 - 11, 2016
47 National Podiatry Conference
San Sebastian, Spain /

Booth Number 38

Jun 08 - 10, 2016
Africa Health
Johannesburg, South Africa /

Booth Number 2H52

Jun 04 - 08, 2016
WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference
Montreal, Canada /

Booth Number 601

Jun 03 - 04, 2016
GFFC 3. Wiener Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Vienna, Austria /

May 2016

May 11 - 13, 2016
Deutscher Wundkongress - EWMA
Bremen, Booth Number 5G24

Download Flyer:
"Don't miss the Live-demonstration of Woundcare-Circle products." (PDF)

The World Leading Wound Conference - DARCO Europe in best company.

This year's joint conference was the biggest EWMA conference ever and therefore also the world leading wound conference. The organizers reported that over 6,000 attendees and exhibitors from 84 countries joined the conference this year.

As published in our E-Journal, DARCO Europe was in cooperation with the Woundcare-Circle at the event. This home turf advantage was highlighted by our Live product demonstrations. The emphasis was on knowledge-sharing and product application techniques within our range of Diabetic and Woundcare products.

Once more the intensive exchange of information with practitioners and international specialists at the booth demonstrates that DARCO is dedicated to creating devices to help such ailments. Our Diabetic, Off-loading and Wound Care line of shoes are focused on prevention as well as designed to aid and facilitate the healing process of wounds and ulcers.

As one of the founding members of the Woundcare-Circle, DARCO supports research and development as well as training courses.

Woundcare-Circle Booth at
EWMA Bremen 2016
Raphael Böhm, DARCO (Europe), explaining the
application of WCS Woundcare Shoe System.
Sandra Dudziak (DM Systems)
explaining the use of Heelift
positioning devices.
Franco Salvatelli (OPTIMA Molliter) demonstrating the therapeutic indications of the OPTIMA Woundcare Shoes.

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Woundcare-Circle Exhibition Re-cap Video:

Orthopaedic Shoes, Orthopedic devices, Ankle Brace, Orthosis, Tapes
May 04, 2016
Oberlandsymposium von Dr. Köhne
May 03 - 06, 2016
OTWorld 2016

April 2016

Apr 29 - 30, 2016
GFFC 10. Expertenkurs Technische Orthopädie
Hamburg /
Apr 22 - 23, 2016
GFFC 1. Hamburger Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Hamburg /
Apr 22 - 23, 2016
7. Tag der Wunde
Apr 17 - 20, 2016
China International Medical Equipment Fair
Shanghai, China /
Apr 15 - 17, 2016
Jahreskongress Technische Orthopädie
Garmisch /
Apr 08 - 09, 2016
GFFC 13. Grazer Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Graz, Austria /
Apr 06, 2016
Patientenforum Fuss und Sprunggelenk, Annastift
Hannover /

March 2016

Mar 31 - Apr 02, 2016
11th International Congress for Foot Surgery
Going, Austria /
Mar 18 - 19, 2016
GFFC 12. Göttinger Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Göttingen /
Mar 16 - 19, 2016
1. Intensivworkshop Sprunggelenksprothetik
Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser in Tirol, Austria
Mar 10 - 12, 2016
7. ICW-Süd | HWX-Kongress
Würzburg /
Mar 04 - 05, 2016
GFFC 8. Aachener - Expertenkurs "Neuropathischer Fuß"
Aachen /
Mar 01 - 05, 2016
AAOS: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons® - Annual Meeting
Orlando, USA /

February 2016

Feb 26 - 27, 2016
GFFC 1. Rostocker Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Rostock /
Feb 12 - 13, 2016
GFFC 3. MIS-Expertenkurs
Innsbruck, Austria /

January 2016

Jan 25 - 28, 2016
Arab Health
Dubai /
Jan 08 - 10, 2016
7th Annual Parekh Indo-US
Foot and Ankle Conference
Ahmedabad, Indien /

December 2015

Dec 04-05, 2015
GFFC 23. Internationales Symposium für Fußchirurgie
München /

November 2015

Nov 28, 2015
4. Leipziger Fußdialog
Leipzig /
Nov 20-21, 2015
GFFC 11. Rheingauer Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Rüdesheim, Rheingau /
Nov 13-14, 2015
GFFC 2. Expertenkurs "Konservative Therapie an Fuß & Sprunggelenk"
München /

October 2015

Oct 23-24, 2015
3. ORTHOPÄDIE SCHUH TECHNIK - Internationale Fachmesse und Kongress
Köln /

Hall 4.2 / Booth I02

Oct 10-11, 2015
DARCO Hands-on Workshop "Kinesiology Taping"
Oct 02-03, 2015
GFFC 6. Erlanger Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Erlangen /

September 2015

18th Annual Meeting of the EPUAP
Ghent, Belgien /
Sep 12-13, 2015
DARCO Hands-on Workshop "Kinesiology Taping"
Sep 12, 2015
12. Marktoberdorfer Wundforum
Marktoberdorf /
Sep 11-12, 2015
GFFC 22. Lübecker Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Lübeck /

August 2015

Aug 01, 2015
3. Diessener 12h MTB-Europameisterschaft
Dießen /

July 2015

Jul 10-12, 2015
12. Roth Challenge Triathlon
Roth /

June 2015

jun, 22-25 2015
ISPO World Kongress
Lyon, Frankreich /

ISPO World Congress 2015 in Lyon

DARCO on the spot: More than 3.000 participants out of 110 countries were present at the ISPO World Congress in Lyon. Orthopaedic technicians, orthopaedic doctors, doctors for rehabilitation, physiotherapists, ergo therapists, orthopaedic shoemakers, trained nurses and engineers took advantage of this interdisciplinary event to get information, education and personal exchange. Showing a wide range of products of orthopaedic devices and shoes as well as innovative techniques, DARCO presented itself once more as specialist "in foot-related" solutions for surgical, trauma and wound treatment in the global foot and ankle community.

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Orthopaedic Shoes, Orthopedic devices, Ankle Brace, Orthosis, Tapes
jun, 12-13 2015
Hamburger Kleinzehentage

May 2015

may, 20-23 2015
7th international symposium
on the diabetic foot
The Hague, Niederlande / http://www.diabeticfoot.nl

Stand 60 / Booth 60

7th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot The Hague / The Netherlands

DARCO, one the founding members of the Woundcare-Circle, presented its products in Diabetes and Woundcare on the International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot in The Hague. As supporter to the International Consensus Diabetic Foot Guidelines, DARCO is working intensively on the prevention and treatment of foot ulcerations. In this context much attention was given to the workshop "The modern concept of off-loading", which was presented by the three founding members of Woundcare-Circle, among those DARCO.

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Orthopaedic Shoes, Orthopedic devices, Ankle Brace, Orthosis, Tapes
may, 15-16 2015
GFFC 9. Expertenkurs Technische Orthopädie (Einlagen-Workshop)
Rheine /
may, 13-15 2015
Conference of European
Wound Management Association
London, UK /

Standnummer 8-35

may, 08-09 2015
GFFC 2. Wiener Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Wien, Österreich /
may, 06-08 2015
Bremer Pflegekongress - Deutscher Wundkongress
Bremen /

Our Booth 2015

Nearly 5000 participants and 108 exhibitors from all over Germany showed new products on the combined event of Bremen care and German wound congress. DARCO has especially focused on diabetic foot and ankle care. Our devices help to prevent the development of wounds and ulcers as well as to encourage and fasten the healing process of existing wounds.

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Orthopaedic Shoes, Orthopedic devices, Ankle Brace, Orthosis, Tapes

April 2015

apr, 25-26 2015
DARCO Hands-on Workshop "Kinesiologisches Tapen"
apr, 25 2015
Hessing trifft: Technische Orthopädie - Das diabetische Fußsyndrom
Augsburg, Gartensaal der Hessingburg
apr, 16-18 2015
Kassel /

Halle 5 / Stand Nr. B01

apr, 11 2015
3. Südbadener Wund- und Pflegekongress
Freiburg /
apr, 10-11 2015
GFFC 12. Grazer Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Graz, Österreich /

March 2015

mar, 27-29 2015
Jahreskongress Technische Orthopädie
Garmisch /
mar, 27-28 2015
GFFC 7. Aachener - Expertenkurs "Trauma"
Aachen /
mar, 24-28 2015
AAOS: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons® - Annual Meeting
Las Vegas, U.S.A. /
mar, 20-21 2015
21. Jahrestagung D.A.F.
Bayreuth /
mar, 19-21 2015
Therapie Leipzig
Leipzig /

Therapie Leipzig

Our Booth 2015

The No.1 show for therapy, medical rehabilitation and prevention in Germany. Therapie Leipzig is Germany'smajor meeting place for professional visitors from acute and rehabilitation clinics, out-patient rehabilitation centres, as well as from medical and therapy centres. DARCO presented a wide range of products for sports and physiotherapy as well as products for prevention and care of ankle injuries.

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Orthopaedic Shoes, Orthopedic devices, Ankle Brace, Orthosis, Tapes
mar, 14 2015
Tag der Wunde
mar, 11-14 2015
Wintermeeting (Patronatsveranstaltung der GFFC)
Scheffau/Tirol, Österreich /
mar, 6-7 2015
GFFC 11. Göttinger Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Göttingen /
mar, 6 2015
miFoot - 1. Symposium für minimalinvasive Fußchirurgie
Augsburg /
mar, 4-6 2015
6. ICW-Süd | HWX-Kongress
Würzburg /

February 2015

feb, 20-21 2015
GFFC 1. Berliner Seminar für praktische Fußchirurgie
Berlin /
feb, 17-21 2015
European Train the Foot Trainers Program
Bled, Slovenien /

January 2015

jan, 26-29 2015
Arab Health
Dubai /
jan, 23-24 2015
GFFC 1. Salzburger - MIS-Expertenkurs
Salzburg, Österreich /
jan, 23-24 2015
Freiburger Knorpeltage
Freiburg /
jan, 18-20 2015
19. conférence nat. des plaies & workshop on wound technology
Paris, Frankreich /
jan, 9-11 2015
6th Annual Parekh Indo-US Foot and Ankle Conference
Bangalore, Indien /