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Journal of Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine
Year : 2009, Volume : 31, Issue : 4
First page : ( 334) Last page : ( 337)
Print ISSN : 0971-0973. Online ISSN : 0974-0848.

Correlation of foot length with height amongst Maharashtrian population of India

Chavan K. D.*Professor, Datir S. B., P.G student, Farooqui J. M., P.G student, Numan H. S., Assistant Professor

Dept. of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Rural Medical College of Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences University, At. Post. Loni - 413 736, Dist. Ahmednagar (Maharashtra)

*Corresponding author: E-mail: kalidas_chavan2003@yahoo.com

Abstract

Estimating stature of an individual from the skeletal remains or from mutilated or amputated limbs or parts of limbs has obvious significance in personal identification in the event of murders, accidents or natural disasters. Stature estimation equations are most accurate when derived from one population and then applied to the same population. This is because the proportions from one population are not necessarily the same as those from another. This study was carried out in 500 males and 500 females between the age group of 25–35 years amongst residents of Ahmednagar district. The lengths of both right and left foot were measured as direct distance from the most prominent point on the back of the heel to the tip of the hallux or to the tip of second toe, when the second toe was longer than the hallux by spreading calipers. The height was measured in standing erect, anatomical position with standard height measuring instrument. To avoid diurnal variation, all measurements were taken at a fixed time. On computing the data, it was found that a strong positive correlation exists between the height and foot length. The correlation coefficients amongst males for height and foot lengths were 0.63 and 0.61 for right and left foot respectively and amongst females were 0.75 and 0.71 for right and left foot respectively.

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Key words

Height, foot length, correlation, Maharashtrian.

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