It is disappointing to hear DPMs say they do not use taping in practice, especially when their reasoning is that they only do surgery. If someone does not use taping, I believe he or she is turning away from podiatric roots, which are based strongly in lower extremity biomechanics. The study of biomechanics and its relationship to pathologies and treatment make podiatric medicine unique.
We at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) have long embraced the benefits of interconnectivity and open source solutions. Surgical planning and collaboration are no exception. The concept of 3D surgical “printing” (templating and simulation) in lower extremity reconstruction is not entirely commonplace. This is likely for a number of reasons. With the continual maturation of free and open source software applications as well as the ever increasing capabilities of “RepRap” technology (see http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page ), we can overcome these limitations.