Kent State University students Nilin Rao, PhD and Craig Verdin, and Exercise Science and Physiology Professor Ellen Glickman, PhD are the co-founders of TheraPod Medical LLC, a wound-care company that is looking to transform the field of podiatric medicine. Rao, a fourth-year podiatric student who completed his master’s and doctorate degrees in exercise physiology from Kent State, and Verdin, a second-year podiatric student in Kent State’s College of Podiatric Medicine, have been working with Glickman to research and develop products geared toward helping those with diabetes.
|(L-R) Drs. Nilin Rao and Ellen Glickman; Craig Verdin
They developed and patented a product called the Puncture-Pedic insole to help people with ulcerations on their feet, which affects people with diabetes, and can be very painful without assistance. If the ulcerations don’t heal properly, they can cause infections and lead to possible amputations on the toes and feet. The insole made of a soft, durable fabric fits into a normal shoe and allows certain spots to be punched out so that the person can walk without pressure on the ulceration. This allows the person to easily and comfortably walk without the need for a walking boot until they can recover.
Source: E-Health Kent State University