Estimation of stature using anthropometry of feet and footprints in a Western Australian population

N. Hemy, Ambika Flavel, N.-I. Ishak, Daniel Franklin

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The aim of the study is to develop accurate stature estimation models for a contemporary Western Australian population from measurements of the feet and footprints. The sample comprises 200 adults (90 males, 110 females). A stature measurement, three linear measurements from each foot and bilateral footprints were collected from each subject. Seven linear measurements were then extracted from each print. Prior to data collection, a precision test was conducted to determine the repeatability of measurement acquisition. The primary data were then analysed using a range of parametric statistical tests. Results show that all foot and footprint measurements were significantly (P <0.01-0.001) correlated with stature and estimation models were formulated with a prediction accuracy of ±4.673 cm to ±6.926 cm. Left foot length was the most accurate single variable in the simple linear regressions (males: ±5.065 cm; females: ±4.777 cm). This study provides viable alternatives for estimating stature in a Western Australian population that are equivalent to established standards developed from foot bones. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-441
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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