DARCO Shoe – Surgical Square Toe
Square toe design provides additional protection when K-wires are present. Rocker sole reduces plantar pressure on the forefoot and heel. Available in black.
Men’s SMALL: 6 – 8
Men’s MEDIUM: 8 ½ – 10
Men’s LARGE: 10 ½ – 12
Men’s EXTRA LARGE: 12 ½ – 14
Women’s SMALL: 4 – 6
Women’s MEDIUM: 6 ½ – 8
Women’s LARGE: 8 ½ – 10
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a surgical Darco shoe?
A surgical Darco shoe is a medical shoe used to protect the foot and toes after an injury or surgery. It is also called a postop Darco shoe, rigid sole shoe, or hard sole shoe. It looks like on oversized shoe with a flat, hard sole, fabric or mesh sides, and adjustable straps. The Darco shoe is open in the front, where your toes go. The Darco shoe helps change how your foot carries weight. This can help decrease pain and increase movement after an injury or surgery so you can heal.
How do I put on the post surgical Darco shoe?
- Sit down and place your foot comfortably in the shoe.
- Close the fabric or mesh sides over the top of your foot.
- Tighten the straps of the shoe so they are snug but not too tight. The shoe should limit movement but not cut off your blood flow.
- Stand up and take a few steps to practice walking.
What else do I need to know about surgical Darco shoes?
- Check your foot and toes often. Check your foot and toes for redness and swelling. If your toes are red, swollen, numb, or tingly, loosen your straps. Over time, the swelling from the injury or surgery will decrease. When this happens, you may need to tighten the straps.
- Be careful when you walk on wet surfaces. The shoe may be slippery.
- Ask about removing the Darco shoe to bathe. Your provider may want you to leave the shoe on when you bathe. Cover it with a plastic bag and tape the bag closed around your leg.
When should I call my doctor?
- You have pain or discomfort that does not go away.
- You cannot seem to get the Darco shoe to fit correctly.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
What are some surgical conditions a surgical Darco shoe is used for?
Bunion Surgery: There are many different types of bunion surgery depending on the severity of the bunion and the joint involvement. Your podiatrist can explain the bunion procedure that is most appropriate for your bunion. Depending on the surgical procedure, the recovery time can be very different—particularly if you need to be on crutches after the surgery or in a cast.
Fusions: Fusions are usually performed to treat arthritic or painful conditions of the foot and ankle. A fusion involves removing all cartilage from a joint and then joining two or more bones together so that they do not move. Fusions can be done with screws, plates, or pins, or a combination of these.
Hammer Toe Surgery: Hammer toe surgery may involve removing a portion of one of the bones in the toe to realign the toe or could involve fusing the joints in the toe (see Fusions, above). In some cases, it may involve placing a temporary wire to hold the toes straight or a permanent implant in the toe to maintain realignment.
Heel Spur Surgery: Based on the condition and the nature of the disease, heel surgery can provide relief of pain and restore mobility in many cases. The type of procedure is based on examination and usually consists of plantar fascia release, with or without heel spur excision. There have been various modifications and surgical enhancements regarding surgery of the heel. Your podiatrist will determine which method is best suited for you.
Metatarsal Surgery: Surgery on the long bones of the feet behind the second, third, fourth, and fifth toes is performed for a variety of reasons but is commonly performed to redistribute the weight bearing on the ball of the foot. In some severe cases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, surgery may involve removing the metatarsal heads (the bones in the ball of the foot area).
Neuroma Surgery: Neuroma surgery involves removing a benign enlargement of a nerve, which may be causing tingling/burning/numbness to certain toes, usually between the metatarsal heads in the ball of the foot. This soft tissue surgery tends to have a shorter recovery time than bone procedures, but it leaves some residual numbness related to the removal of the piece of nerve tissue.
Reconstructive Surgery: Reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle consists of complex surgical repair(s) that may be necessary to regain function or stability, reduce pain, and/or prevent further deformity or disease. Unfortunately, there are many conditions or diseases that range from trauma to congenital defects that necessitate surgery of the foot and/or ankle. Reconstructive surgery in many of these cases may require any of the following: tendon repair/transfer, fusion of bone, joint implantation, bone grafting, skin or soft tissue repair, tumor excision, amputation, and/or the osteotomy of bone (cutting of bones in a precise fashion). Bone screws, pins, wires, staples, and other fixation devices (both internal and external), and casts may be utilized to stabilize and repair bone in reconstructive procedures.