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DARCO's History

Innovative Technologies for Foot and Ankle Care

"For my father, his greatest professional achievement is that every day he did his best to ease the suffering of those who walked through his door."

Darrel Darby, CEO of DARCO International:
Remarks on the occasion of the DSC Distinguished Service Citation posthumous award in honour of his father Darrel Darby, DPM.

  DARCO-Gründer Dr. H. Darrel Darby

Dr. H. Darrel Darby
Founder of DARCO Int.

MedSurg Postoperative Shoe

1985: In Huntington, West Virginia, Dr. H. Darrel Darby, a practising foot surgeon, developed the "Darby MedSurg" shoe, a postoperative shoe intended to replace the traditional wooden shoes. Innovative sports shoe technology was introduced to postoperative care for the first time with this shoe which had a semi-rigid sole. Since then DARCO distributes innovative products for foot surgery worldwide introducing standards for postoperative care

1987: Distribution of DARCO International, Inc. is moved from Chicago, Illinois, USA to the company's main office in Huntington, West Virginia.

1992: Foundation of DARCO (Europe) GmbH in Dießen am Ammersee, Germany, as distribution centre for Europe

In the mid-90s DARCO has started developing and distributing specific implants for new and innovative methods for foot surgery. Products that have become indispensable for foot surgeons in their daily routine.

1996: DARCO starts its own in-house production.
As main sponsor of the Society for Foot and Ankle surgery DARCO continues to directly exchange knowledge and developments with the most experienced foot surgeons.

1999: ISO Certification of DARCO (Europe) GmbH

2003: DARCO headquarters is moving from Dießen am Ammersee to its new location in Raisting. Continuous growth has demanded a larger company site. The explicitly designed seminar centre now offers Further Training and Education on DARCO's own premises.

2005: Foundation of DARCO's Osteosynthesis production in Raisting.

2007: The distribution of DARCO's Osteosynthesis products is taken over by Wright Medical Technology, Inc.

2008: Medical care products for Sports and Physiotherapy are integrated into DARCO's product portfolio. Our long-lasting tradition in further training and education helps us to regularly offer courses and seminars on the application of standard taping and kinesiological taping with Elastic Tapes for physiotherapists and physicians all over Germany.

2010: The Arctic Air® technology is integrated into DARCO's product portfolio.

2012: Foundation of DARCO Medical India Pvt. Ltd. in Dharwad, Karnataka.

2013: Molliter, an innovative program of 1st and 2nd prevention and acute phase of Diabetic Foot is integrated in the German portfolio.

2014: As of August 1st 2014 DARCO acquires the exclusive distribution rights for the Original MECRON product line Europe wide. The MECRON product range is comprised of splints and bandages designed to maintain and restore the function of the entire musculoskeletal system.

2015: DARCO International is celebrating its 30-years anniversary.

2015: Foundation of the hg DARCO Group as the holding company for all hg medical and DARCO branches worldwide.

2017: DARCO acquired Globus GmbH in Köhra near Leipzig. Globus GmbH is the manufacturing center for MECRON splints and bandages.

2018: DARCO expands its presence in the UK and secures a subsidiary in one of its longest serving suppliers. V-M ORTHOTICS LTD in Suffolk, has become a fully operational DARCO Hub in the UK. This expansion to the hg DARCO group sees a new distribution centre serving England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

2020: DARCO International is celebrating its 35-years anniversary.

DARCO - your partner in competence for orthopedic foot and ankle care products since 1985!

Further reading:

Download: "Diamond in the Rough - From Miner to Mogul, Darrel Darby, D.P.M." (PDF)

Download: Flyer "DARCO Medical India Pvt. Ltd. celebrates its 5th anniversary" (PDF)

Download: Flyer "35th anniversary" (PDF)

Interview: Johannes Hagenmeyer on DARCO's 35th company anniversary