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about DARCO Mini Series

Part 1: Product development with Thomas Dietrich


Research and development

Our international research & development team sets the highest standards and continuously focuses on the further development and optimisation of DARCO products. The team uses the potential of the international group of companies to set new standards with innovative technologies. It also maintains close contact with expert committees, doctors, specialist retailers, orthopaedic shoe technicians, physiotherapists and biomechanical institutes. This concentrated expertise accompanies and supports us throughout the entire development process – from prototype to finished product – and puts every DARCO product to a solid test before it is even launched on the market. This enables us to guarantee the highest quality standards and set new standards of care in all phases of treatment.

Interview with Product Development

In our interview with Thomas Dietrich and Regina Felix, we get to the bottom of the following topics, among others:

  • What does a product developer at DARCO actually do?
  • 3D printers in use at DARCO
  • How do you come up with ideas for new products?

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Interview with Regina Felix

Regina Felix, product developer and QMO at DARCO (Europe) GmbH, talks about the following topics, among others:

  • When is a DARCO product ready for market launch?
  • How long does product development take – using the example of Relief Dual® Plus?
  • What influence does the everyday life of patients have on product development?

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Knowledge and training

Continuing education is an important component of our philosophy.
DARCO’s research and development work has always been closely linked to the transfer of knowledge in the field of foot and ankle joints. To this end, we organise numerous events and promote further education. Over time, these have developed into a valuable source of information for medical professionals and specialists in all aspects of the foot.


Premium Partner of the GFFC Academy

As a Premium Partner of GFFC Akademie GmbH, we are in close contact with foot specialists and, together with the GFFC, offer an annual scholarship to promote research.

Two specialists – one goal

In this interview with Katharina Feistl – authorised signatory, VP Finance, Administration, HR at DARCO –  we get to the bottom of the following questions and topics, among others:

  • DARCO and GFFC e.V. – A partnership from the very beginning.
  • Research scholarship – what exactly is it about?
  • Training is an important component of the DARCO philosophy

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30 years of DARCO and GFFC

For more than 30 years, DARCO has been accompanying foot surgeons worldwide.

From the first original MedSurg™ as a postoperative shoe with sports shoe characteristics and semi-rigid sole to a wide variety of therapeutic shoes and orthoses with innovative sole concepts, modular systems and individual fitting options: DARCO has accompanied many surgical methods and responds to the latest developments in foot surgery to open up the best care paths.