Off-loading Shoe

The DARCO OrthoWedge® is clinically proven to reduce weight bearing pressure on the forefoot which promotes faster healing after surgery, trauma or when forefoot wounds or ulcerations are present.


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  • 15° Wedge Sole effectively shifts body weight to the midfoot and heel. Reduces forefoot pressure by as much as 57%!
  • Square Toe Design acts as a bumper to protect the toes when k-wires are present and provides better Left/Right fit.
  • Ankle Strap seats foot firmly in shoe to reduce heel slippage and eliminate friction.
  • Removable Forefoot Closure provides security while eliminating buckle pressure.
  • Zoned Outsole has an aggressive tread under the mid-foot where traction is needed most.
  • Removable Insole features twice the padding of standard insoles and can be modified as needed. Insole can be totally removed to accommodate DARCO’s innovative Peg Assist™ (PQ Series) customizable off-loading insole.

57% Reduction in Metatarsal Head Pressure

Peak Pressure drops from 19PSI to 8PSI

75% Reduction in Great Toe Pressure
Peak Pressure drops from 17PSI to 4PSI

  • Post Surgical healing
  • Forefoot trauma
  • Wounds or ulcerations present under metatarsal heads and toes.
  • Any situation that requires a pressure off-load of the forefoot.

Size Women’s Shoe Size Men’s Shoe Size Catalog Number
X-Small 4 - 7 - OQ0B
Small 7.5 - 10 6 - 8 OQ1B
Medium 10.5 - 13 8.5 - 10 OQ2B
Large 13 + 10.5 - 12 OQ3B
X-Large - 12.5 - 14 OQ4B

A Time Tested Option

Incidences of diabetes are at an all time high with the level of newly reported cases up a staggering 48% in the last 10 years*. In many cases, the resulting neuropathic limbs mean that diabetic ulcers on the feet are a distinct and very dangerous possibility. Since pressure and abrasion are the enemies of wound care, the OrthoWedge® is designed to naturally reduce the number of steps taken by the patient while still allowing them to ambulate when necessary. The OrthoWedge® has been tested under fire in both clinical and real world settings and continues to produce outstanding results. When forefoot off-loading is required to allow wounds/ulcerations under the metatarsal heads and toes to heal, nothing beats the OrthoWedge®.


Need Targeted Off-Loading? Add a Peg-Assist™ Insole

When used alone, the OrthoWedge® Healing Shoe reduces forefoot pressure by as much as 57% and peak pressure is reduced by as much as 75% under the Great Toe! But when combined with our innovative PQ Series Peg-Assist™ customizable insole you can achieve astounding localized pressure relief without the risk of edge abrasion or ring edema present in other off-loading methods.


The Peg-Assist™ insole’s PORON® Cushioning cover minimizes friction while the closed cell Platazote® layer absorbs shock and comfortably conforms to the foot.



* Baronski, Sharon & Ayello, Elizabeth A Wound Care Essentials
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2008
PORON is a licensed trademark of Rogers Corporation.












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