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A model for reconstruction of personal stature based on the measurements of foot length

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I Ilayperuma ,

Senior Lecturer in Anatomy, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Karapitiya, Galle, LK
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BG Nanayakkara,

Senior Lecturer in Anatomy, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Karapitiya, Galle, LK
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KN Palahepitiya

Technical Officer, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Karapitiya, Galle., LK
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Abstract

Introduction: Height, like other phenotypic traits, is determined by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It is sexually dimorphic and statistically more or less normally distributed. Estimation of stature from measurements of various long bones of the extremities has been attempted by many scientists with varying degree of accuracy. All such calculations depend on the fact that limbs exhibit consistent ratios relative to the total height of a person. These ratios are linked to age, sex and race.
Objectives: This study was carried out to investigate the relationship between personal stature and foot length among a group of male and female Sri Lankan adults and to derive a regression formula between the foot length and height of an individual.
Materials and Methods: A total of 210 medical students with an age span of 20-23 yrs. were included in the study. The foot length was measured using a sliding caliper capable of measuring to the nearest 0.01 mm. The height of the individual was measured standing erect, in anatomical position using a standing height measuring instrument.
Results: The differences of the foot length between the genders were found to be highly significant. A positive correlation between height and foot length was observed in both sexes and it was statistically significant. Regression equation for stature estimation was formulated using the foot lengths for both sexes.
Conclusion: The results indicate that foot length provides an accurate and reliable means in estimating the stature of an unknown individual. The regression formula derived in this study will be useful for anatomists, archeologists, anthropologists and forensic scientists.  

doi: 10.4038/gmj.v13i1.885

Galle Medical Journal Vol.13(1) 2008 6-9

How to Cite: Ilayperuma, I., Nanayakkara, B. & Palahepitiya, K., (2009). A model for reconstruction of personal stature based on the measurements of foot length. Galle Medical Journal. 13(1), pp.6–9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/gmj.v13i1.885
Published on 29 Jul 2009.
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