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DARCO Europe E-Journal Archive

On this page you will find news from the DARCO Europe E-Journal since 01.01.2019.

Issues and reports from the years 2015 to 2018 can be found here.

Please note: Our archive library contains dated material. All promotions and special events published herein may or may not still be current.

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Latest news (2020)
June: Interview Decubitus − Important questions and valuable answers
April: Covid-19 and diabetic foot disease − Statement of IWGDF
March: Information about COVID-19 situation − Guaranteed ability to deliver
DARCO Europe E-Journal Issue 22, September 2020
NEW: Latest product innovation − Commodus Open® Open Healing Shoe
Let's Talk − Get an insight view on our latest product launch!
Research & Product development − DARCO's fruitful cooperation with foot specialists
Training material − Product Video Commodus Open® Open Healing Shoe
DARCO Europe E-Journal Issue 21, January 2020
News and Notes − DARCO's international network
Let's talk − Interviews with two of our French speaking distributors
Research & Product development − WCS® first choice when dealing with ulcerations
DARCO sponsorship − Laughter is the best medicine
DARCO Europe E-Journal Issue 20, October 2019
News and Notes − Visit us in UK: Wounds UK Annual Conference, Harrogate
Let's talk − DARCO's participation at ISPO Kobe, interview with CEO Darrel Darby
Research & Product development − Relief Insert® Walker Lower Leg/Foot Orthosis
DARCO community − DARCO supporting Sint Maarten Diabetes Foundation
DARCO Europe E-Journal Issue 19, July 2019
News and Notes − The story of DARCO's link to Podiatry
Look behind the scenes − Interview with head of DARCO (Europe) Logistics Centre
Research & Product development − "Value Added Products"
Free DARCO Informational Material − Biomechanical Analysis of Pressure Redistribution
DARCO Europe E-Journal Issue 18, April 2019
Easier Handling − The new self-closing hook and loop fastener of Relief Dual®
From Post-OP to wound care − The AllRound Shoe®, a comprehensive healing shoe
Save limb and prolong life − Body Armor® Pro Term interim orthosis
Hot-off-the-Press − The new DARCO Diabetic and Wound Care catalogue
DARCO Europe E-Journal Issue 17, January 2019
Prevent amputation − DARCO - strong supporter of the IWGDF's guidelines
Let's talk − Interview with DARCO (Europe) R&D team
Unique publication − Get your free DARCO Compendium Booklet


Questions and answers on pressure ulcers with DARCO product developer

Decubitus has become a frequently discussed theme. Alexandra Panizza (Editorial) spoke to the product developer of the DARCO (Europe). We have summarized all these helpful questions and answers for you in this interview. Take a look at the PDF.

Interview on heel decubitus


IWGDF: "What can we do to provide evidence-based care with increasingly limited physical resources?"

Learn more about COVID19 and DFD here:



Guaranteed ability to deliver

The current situation is a major challenge for everyone involved. DARCO would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who contributes to coping with this situation every day. We have implemented numerous actions to fulfill our part so that we remain a reliable partner for you even in these difficult times.

DARCO adheres strictly to the legal rules of the Federal Ministry of Health and the requirements of the Robert Koch Institute as well as the WHO.

In order to remain fully operational, our inventories are continuously checked. We are in constant communication with our production facilities and suppliers.

In order to provide our employees with the best possible protection and to keep the risk of infection with the corona virus as low as possible, we have moved almost all of our employees to homeoffice. Nevertheless, we can be reached by phone, fax or email as usual. Orders leave our warehouse in the usual time.

We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and take all necessary measures to protect our employees and at the same time be available to you as a reliable partner.

Stay healthy!
The DARCO Management


DARCO Europe E-Journal Issue 22, September 2020
Healing Shoe. Suitable for voluminous dressings. Arthritis, postoperative care


Commodus Open® Open Healing Shoe - A problem solver for ulcerations and wounds

Woundcare or injuries in the lateral, dorsal or medial forefoot area are a great challenge for medical practitioners. Ulcerations occur quite frequently. With the Commodus Open® Open Healing Shoe, physicians have more options available to them in the treatment of vulnerable feet.

The hook and loop straps can be freely placed where "hold is required" but "pressure is prohibited". For targeted relief, the number of hook and loop straps can be freely selected (0-1-2-3). Thus, the shoe can be adapted to the different indications and needs of each patient. Particularly for patients with large dressings where a conventional healing shoe with its closure system reaches its limits.

Are you interested to learn more about the new Commodus Open® Open Healing Shoe?

Visit our website to know more about it.


Katja Eger, Vice President Sales and member of the Management Board


Talking about the new product launch Commodus Open® Open Healing Shoe

Insights - from conception through to product launch. Katja Eger, Authorized Officer, VP Sales, tells of how DARCO ensures efficient implementation of professional expertise and proven DARCO quality in the new product development process.

"We listen to the market. And, in this case, the market approached us and expressed the desire for a healing shoe that allows more freedom during treatment than many pre-existing commercial products. After analysing the requirements, we took the first development steps..."

Read the full interview here



Statement of the expert

"A shoe that gives me the freedom and flexibility I need in treatment." Together with Lian Stoeldraaijers, Podiatrist and Chair of the Dutch Association of Diabetes Podiatrists, DARCO developed the Commodus Open® Open Healing Shoe.

To Lian it was very important to have some shoe characteristics that no competitor product has.

Read the original statement by Lian Stoeldraaijers about the Commodus Open®:

As a podiatrist specialized in diabetes, I treat different kind of DFS cases in my practice every day. The perfect shoe solution is always an issue. A lot of manual work and a good choice of shoes are a big part of the healing success.

I was always looking for a shoe that is as free as possible in the forefoot area and that can be adapted individually. In addition, a proper ankle strap with an easy handling is needed as well. With this idea, together with DARCO, I initiated the "Commodus Open®".

The advantages of the shoe are, of course, a very good sole and, above all, the individual Velcro straps, which I can attach as needed when taking care of dorsal, medial and lateral ulcers, so that no pressure is exerted on the affected areas. The enlarged medial and lateral heel counter gives enough support to keep the rearfoot stabile. The special ankle strap makes things easier with the combination of perfect usability and secureness. The option to fully open the shoe and have a very easy entry is perfect.

As a podiatrist, this shoe gives me the freedom and flexibility I need to take good care for my patients.

Mrs. Lian Stoeldraaijers
Diabetes Podiatrist and President Dutch Association of Diabetes Podiatrists / Valkenswaard, North Brabant Province, Netherlands



Product Video Commodus Open® Open Healing Shoe

We are pleased to present a new Product Video. The handling of the device is demonstrated using practical step-by-step instructions. The features of the new open healing shoe and individual customization options thanks to multiple hook and loop straps are explained in this 3D video.

Enjoy watching this video.


DARCO Europe E-Journal Issue 21, January 2020


Get to know us better: DARCO Worldwide

Since the founding of DARCO International Inc., USA in 1985 DARCO has maintained its focus on the foot and ankle and has grown to become one of the most widely recognized brands in the global foot and ankle community. The five DARCO hubs are unified by one common vision: Improving effective and timely healing of foot injuries. DARCO products are readily available, offer great value and can be effectively placed on patients and/or modified in minutes. With the rise of diabetes escalating worldwide, the incidence of wounds and ulcerations at the foot are increasing as well.

Are you interested to learn more about our global company profile?

Visit DARCO worldwide.



Talking to French speaking community

Thanks to individuality, flexibility and our many years of expertise, we are able to offer our French speaking customers the best possible tailor-made service. This is the way we can effectively transfer the value of the DARCO brand to the market and to doctors, physiotherapists, pharmacies, footwear technicians and foot specialists in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Western Switzerland and convince them about product quality.

We spoke to our French speaking distributors.

Read the interview with Osmose here.

Watch the statement with Gwen Corbin, Ortho Supply,
regarding the Woundcare-Circle.



Time alone does not heal wounds

Treatment and prevention of diabetic pressure ulcers is not only complex, it also requires a long-term approach. In doing so, the patient education is crucial. Preventive or corrective actions can reduce or eliminate the risk of harm.

One of DARCOs main products for effective pressure redistribution in diabetic foot is the WCS® Wound Care Shoe. It is recommended for the treatment of open & closed ulcerations and other conditions of the foot where it is desirable to redistribute weight away from specific areas. The circumferential counter of the shoe forms a deep pocket in the sole to accommodate a variety of insoles under the ulceration or area of pressure.

Are you interested to learn more about our Diabetic and Woundcare Products?

Please click here to get more information.



Sponsorship to Hospital Clowns

The idea of clown visits in hospitals came alive in the USA in 1986 with the knowledge that laughter promotes the healing process and it has also been practiced in Europe since the early nineties. In 1997 the non-profit-making registered association of clowns was founded in Bavaria, which meanwhile sends professional clowns week for week to numerous paediatric hospitals in South Germany.

2019 DARCO decided to support this project with a charitable donation instead of customer gifts for Christmas. We are happy when we can help to bring back a smile in the face of sick people.


DARCO Europe E-Journal Issue 20, October 2019
Visit us in UK - Wounds UK Annual Conference


Visit us in UK - Wounds UK Annual Conference, 04 - 06 November 2019

The Wounds UK Annual Conference is one of the major events for Woundcare-Circle this year. DARCO will be participating under the umbrella of WCC and offering a wide range of products for the treatment in diabetic and wound care. We are looking forward to learn more about latest clinical opinions, research, and policy from around the UK.
DARCO, as a global company with large customer networks, is happy to welcome the British community at our booth No. 49 and provide instant service by our distribution hub in the United Kingdom V-M Orthotics Ltd.

Do you have any further questions on our diabetic and wound care product range?

Just drop us an E-mail to



DARCO at ISPO Kobe: expectations and opportunities

The biennial World Congress is a highlight for all who deal with rehabilitation and assistive technology, particularly prosthetics and orthotics. During the conversation with Darrel Darby, CEO of DARCO International, Inc. Huntington, USA, E-Journal editor Alexandra Panizza, enlightens the global targets of DARCO in the sector of rehabilitation and orthopaedic devices.

You can read the full interview here.



Revolutionizing offloading technology: The new two-in-one solution

One of DARCO's focus at the upcoming ORTHOPÄDIE SCHUH TECHNIK is the new Relief Insert® Walker Lower Leg/Foot Orthosis. This new and unique design combines the valuable features of a classic walker with the advantages of a light weight, practical splint built right in. It's the first of its kind on the market today. If you would like to find out more, please visit us at our booth Hall 4.2, Booth E-002.

We will be happy to welcome you!

Are you interested in the Relief Insert® Walker Lower Leg/Foot Orthosis?

Please visit our product website to get more information.



Sponsorship to the Sint Maarten Diabetes Foundation

An important element of our philosophy is further training for medical specialists and health care givers worldwide. We want to support the expansion of professional knowledge and a large number of DARCO's training programs and medical works brings in innovative material for physicians and medical experts. On the basis of this voluntary commitment, we supported the very important project of Sint Maarten Foundation in the Caribbean. Thanks to the important work of Lian Stoeldraaijers, to whom we pay tribute for her initiative to support this project.


DARCO Europe E-Journal Issue 19, July 2019
New self-closing hook and loop fastener - Easier Use


Darrel Darby a Tireless Friend of Podiatry

H. Darrel Darby, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine DPM, founded DARCO International in 1985 after growing frustrated with the design and performance of the wooden sole post op shoes that dominated the market at that time. He began experimenting with the idea of incorporating running shoe technology into post op shoe design and the result was the DARCO MedSurg Shoe, the first postoperative shoe to incorporate a semi-rigid sole design for greater patient comfort and faster healing.

In the more than 30 years since the launch of the MedSurg Shoe it has become the shoe of choice for foot and ankle surgeons around the world. In 2015 DARCO's Relief Dual®, created a shift in paradigm in the scientific community. The Relief Dual® revolutionizes "off-loading" technology. Our philosophy: "off-loading as much as needed - weight bearing as much as possible".

Do you have any further questions on our postoperative product range?

Just drop us an E-mail to



Learn more about the DARCO (Europe) Logistics Centre

During the conversation with Enrico Gabriel, Head of Warehouse and Inventory Management, E-Journal editor Alexandra Panizza, illuminated important facts about the insights of this department. Through tried and trusted way of working the logistic team is able to guarantee best performance and consistency of supply to our customers.

You can read the full interview here.



Insole systems providing off-loading solutions for acute care and beyond

One of DARCO's focus is the development of modular insole strategies. This allows selective plantar pressure relief and is especially important after forefoot and midfoot surgical procedures.

Special insole systems are also available for the treatment of the diabetic foot. Pressure redistribution can be achieved through various insoles.

Are you interested in our modular insole systems?

Please visit "Insole Systems and Accessories" to get more information.



Biomechanical Analysis of Pressure Redistribution

Always one step ahead with DARCO products: One way to convey this message and be taken seriously in today's jungle of postoperative shoes is to explain exactly what makes the product so good, and what makes it happen.

The Biomechanical Analysis of Pressure Redistribution for the Relief Dual® Off-loading Shoe is our answer to explain in detail the benefits of this product. Contrary to the usual static measurements on the market, DARCO compiled a high value analysis comparing different average dynamic pressure measurements. In addition, all suitable DARCO insole systems are considered.

We are happy to offer you this valuable tool, providing a good help to the medical community working with DARCO products.

You can easily order the DARCO Biomechanical Analysis of Pressure Redistribution:

Just drop us a line to and we will send you a free hardcopy.


DARCO Europe E-Journal Issue 18, April 2019
New self-closing hook and loop fastener - Easier Use


New self-closing hook and loop fastener - Easier use

In order to make the handling even easier for you and your customers, we have adapted the hook and loop fastener of the Relief Dual®. Now we use a hook and loop fastener which can be easily shortened and grips at each point.

Have a closer look at the detailed application instruction:

Further instructions Relief Dual® hook and loop fastener

Here you will find all information about the Relief Dual® Off-loading Shoe.

Do you have any further questions about this product?

Just drop us an Email to



Easier mobility without compromising stability

spacious boot design for custom Insoles or bulky bandages (can accomodate diabetic foot insoles)

From Post-OP to wound care, the "Allrounder" is a comprehensive healing shoe, a relief shoe and a rehabilitation shoe, an all-in-one design for comfort and ease of use. The AllRound Shoe® is the perfect, versatile option with a wide opening for easy access and plenty of room for bandages. The slip resistant sole offers stability and good shock absorption due to two different shore densities.

This shoe is also easy to use, especially for elderly patients, where motor skills may be limited. The wide entry and the easy closure possibilities make everyday Life easier.

Learn more about the AllRound Shoe® Closed long-term Healing Shoe here.



DARCO's Body Armor Pro Term is an interim orthosis for use after Chopart and Lisfranc amputations

Save limb and prolong life!

Foot complications are the most common long-term complication for those with diabetes.
A (partial) foot amputation is certainly a last resort. Before that, all registers should be pulled to avoid later amputation. DARCO offers various products in its range to prevent and treat DFUs including therapy shoes, orthoses and insole systems.

DARCO's Body Armor® Pro Term is an interim orthosis for use after Chopart and Lisfranc amputations. Load transmission to the proximal foot is ensured by the wedge-shaped outsole and inner sole. The robust cross-ankle shaft stabilises both the talocrural and the talocalcaneal joint. The incorporated adjustable air pads allow this orthotic device to be adapted to fully fit and support the foot stump. The ventral support tongue provides compression over an extended area thanks to the variable closure system.

The assembled orthosis can still be customised to meet individual patient needs. The two-piece insole, consisting of an EVA rope and an EVA/PE sole, is interchangeable or customisable as required.

This product is available in two sizes M and L and designed for stump lengths of 16 cm and 19 cm respectively. The orthosis can be worn on the right or left side.

The User Report of the Orthotic Management after Chopart Amputation in Diabetic Patients can be downloaded here

For further information about the Body Armor® Pro Term Foot Stump Orthosis please click here.



Hot-off-the-Press: The new DARCO Diabetic and Wound Care catalogue

With huge potential for market growth, DARCO offers medical products of outstanding quality. In order to provide the best knowledge of our products we constantly develop a wide range of informative material for all categories in our product range.

We are now happy to publish a new Diabetic and Wound Care catalogue, providing lots of information relating to indications, sizes, measurements, accessories, fitting instructions and ordering information for our products.

You can easily download the brand new catalogue here.


DARCO Europe E-Journal Issue 17, January 2019


Prevent Amputation!

The work of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot and DARCO's support to the Guidance Documents.

"It is estimated that in 2013 approximately 382 million people had diabetes - 8.3% of the world's population. Around 80 % of these people live in developing countries. By 2030, the global estimate is expected to rise to over 552 million or 9.9 % of the adult population. Every 20 seconds, a lower limb is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world". These findings are from the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) which was founded in 1996. In 1999, the IWGDF published the first International Consensus on the Diabetic Foot and Practical Guidelines on the Management of treatment. In the year 2000 they became a Consultative branch for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

The IWGDF's "guidelines" set the standards across the world for evidence based, best practices principles to prevent lower limb amputation and improvements for the management of the DFS. DARCO, founding member of Woundcare-Circle, is one of the many local champions supporting the IWGDF. Over 80.000 copies of the "guidelines" have been distributed globally and produced in 26 languages.

The implementation of the New International Guidance Documents is one of the highlights of the upcoming 8th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot, to be held in The Hague, The Netherlands May 22-25, 2019. Held every four years, this is the largest and most prestigious meeting in regards to lower extremity problems in diabetes.

You will find DARCO on-site. We are looking forward to meeting you at our joint booth of Woundcare-Circle F18.

For more information and to save the date, please go to or



Working in permanent dialog with our sister companies out of four different markets USA, Europe, China and India

DARCO produces and markets orthopaedic devices and shoes worldwide. As demand grows, expertise proves invaluable for the innovation of high preforming aids for the foot and ankle and in order to create effective solutions for healing foot ulcerations.

Alexandra Panizza, Chief Editor of the E-Journal talks with Thomas Dietrich and Regina Felix about product development and the multi-faceted perspectives the term R&D entails underroof here at DARCO Europe.

Editor: What encompasses the role of a product developer here at DARCO?

Thomas Dietrich: It's complex; we oversee multiple projects simultaneously and are responsible for quality control through the manufacturing process. We also engage the professionals who use our products and based upon the latest findings, we formulate new product designs to meet their changing needs. We compile ideas, construct prototypes and assess feedback from test cases. Working with local universities...

Read the complete interview here



A valuable gift:
DARCO Compendium-Booklet Part 2

In this new booklet you'll receive the highly acclaimed Expertise written by Raphael Böhm, DARCO (Europe) combined with the complimenting featured product segment. This easy to use source of information is an effective tool that you can reference and that will support you in your day to day business. The Compendium Booklet is our gift to you as we continue to strive to be your solid partner in innovative orthopaedic solutions. The booklet will come in a high quality printed version. Easy to share with colleagues and partners.

Have you missed DARCO Compendium-Booklet Part 1?
No, problem at all. We are delighted to send you the first part of this valuable publication, to raise awareness of the information provided by us in DARCO E-Journals 1-8.

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Issues and reports from the years 2015 to 2018 can be found here.