Stature estimation from the lengths of the growing foot—A study on North Indian adolescents

*, Kewal Krishan and *, Tanuj Kanchan and *, Neelam Passi and *, John A. DiMaggio (2012) Stature estimation from the lengths of the growing foot—A study on North Indian adolescents. The Foot , 22. pp. 287-293.

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Background and aims: Stature estimation is considered as one of the basic parameters of the investigationprocess in unknown and commingled human remains in medico-legal case work. Race, age and sexare the other parameters which help in this process. Stature estimation is of the utmost importance asit completes the biological profile of a person along with the other three parameters of identification.The present research is intended to formulate standards for stature estimation from foot dimensions inadolescent males from North India and study the pattern of foot growth during the growing years. Methods: 154 male adolescents from the Northern part of India were included in the study. Besidesstature, five anthropometric measurements that included the length of the foot from each toe (T1, T2, T3,T4, and T5 respectively) to pternion were measured on each foot. The data was analyzed statistically using Student’s t-test, Pearson’s correlation, linear and multiple regression analysis for estimation of statureand growth of foot during ages 13–18 years. Results: Correlation coefficients between stature and all the foot measurements were found to be highlysignificant and positively correlated. Linear regression models and multiple regression models (with ageas a co-variable) were derived for estimation of stature from the different measurements of the foot.Multiple regression models (with age as a co-variable) estimate stature with greater accuracy than theregression models for 13–18 years age group. Conclusions: The study shows the growth pattern of feet in North Indian adolescents and indicates thatanthropometric measurements of the foot and its segments are valuable in estimation of stature ingrowing individuals of that population.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Medico-legal investigations; Forensic podiatry; Forensic anthropology; Stature estimation; Foot; Sub-adults; North-India
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2012 05:18
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2012 05:18

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