Technology developed in a Welsh university by a undergraduate student has the potential to help thousands of diabetics patients suffering diabetic foot ulcerations.
David Barton, who lives in Swansea is co-founder and director of Kaydiar, was studying podiatry medicine at Cardiff Metropolitan University when he came up with his device, which has now won the backing of a multinational firm.
It is hoped the device, which fits into a patient’s shoe, will aid healing for tens of thousands of people with diabetic foot ulcerations by offloading pressure.
David, 24, says the product has “been his life” for the last few years and he is determined to see the medical offloading insole used by the NHS.
An estimated 350,000 people in the UK have diabetic foot ulcerations, which can lead to the need for patients to have amputations. Providing people with a device to limit the effects of the ulcerations has the potential to help millions worldwide.
It is one of the reasons self-described “problem-solver” David has been so passionate about his invention. While on his course, David had come up with “some good sketches and good designs”.
Once he had developed his idea, he “took a bit of a risk” by investing in a 3D printer and 3-D modelling software. To save costs, the young entrepreneur was living with his parents while he spent all his time working on his device, coming up with a viable prototype.
It was then that the idea really began to take off and he was able to establish his start-up business, Kaydiar.