A journey through time

For more than 35 years, we have been one of the world’s leading providers of postoperative care for the foot.


The Original MedSurg™ Post-OP Shoe

The shoe that started it all. When our founder, Dr. H. Darrel Darby, a practising foot surgeon, launched his first therapeutic shoe with semi-rigid sole and innovative sports shoe characteristics in the USA, DARCO set an innovative example in the direction of postoperative care. Foot surgeons all over the world recognised the great benefits for safeguarding the surgical result, promoting compliance and the patient’s quality of life.


The stage is set for growth

DARCO International, Inc. expands and moves its corporate headquarters to Huntington, West Virginia, USA.


DARCO understands feet

With its own development and distribution of special implants for foot surgery, DARCO positions itself as a specialist for foot and ankle care. Establishment of the European distribution centre DARCO (Europe) GmbH in Dießen am Ammersee.


Knowledge connects

Intensive exchange with international specialist societies and close cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Fuß- und Sprunggelenkchirurgie e.V. (Society for Foot and Ankle Surgery) promotes the specialisation of foot surgeons worldwide.


Start of own production

Establishment of the company’s own production facility in China.


Quality Standards

DARCO receives certification according to the ISO 9001 quality standard.


Distribution Centre Europe expands

Construction of the new company headquarters in Raisting, Upper Bavaria. Expanded storage capacities for the European hub. Training facilities for advanced and further training are built.



DARCO receives certification according to the ISO 13485 quality standard.


Foot surgery on the rise

DARCO (Europe) starts own production for osteosynthesis products.


New standards

More advanced surgical methods require innovative product developments. The “square toe” design and new sole models are gaining ground.


Expansion of the product portfolio

The DARCO product portfolio in the areas of sports and physiotherapy is expanding.


DARCO Medical India Pvt. Ltd.

As the fourth international DARCO branch office, the location in Dharwad in Karnataka, India is opened.


Specialist also in diabetes and wound care

With innovative programmes for the treatment of the diabetic foot in all treatment phases, DARCO enters the market broadly positioned.

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Postoperative care – newly defined

With the flat Relief Dual® sectoral off-loading shoe, DARCO is introducing a paradigm shift. Goodbye forefoot plateau!


Happy Birthday

DARCO International celebrates its 30th anniversary.


Welcome Great Britain

DARCO is expanding its presence in the British market. With the new company headquarters in the UK, sales in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are being expanded.


Quality has a name

DARCO International celebrates its 35th anniversary.


MDR = Medical Device Regulation

Successful MDR conversion guarantees smooth processes and security for DARCO customers.


DARCO celebrates a strong partnership

30 years of foot in focus. DARCO and the Society for Foot and Ankle Surgery (GFFC) have been closely connected from the beginning.