Author(s): Vidyullatha V. Shetty1

BACKGROUND: Stature is the height of the person in the upright posture. It is an important measure of physical identity. Estimation of body height from its segments or dismember parts has important considerations for identifications of living or dead human body or remains recovered from disasters or other similar conditions.

OBJECTIVE: Stature is an important indicator for identification. There are numerous means to establish stature and their significance lies in the simplicity of measurement, applicability and accuracy in prediction. Our aim of the study was to review the relationship between foot length and body height.

METHODS: The present study reviews various prospective studies which were done to estimate the stature. All the measurements were taken by using standard measuring devices and standard anthropometric techniques

RESULTS: This review shows there is a correlation between stature and foot dimensions it is found to be positive and statistically highly significant. Prediction of stature was found to be most accurate by multiple regression analysis.

CONCLUSIONS: Stature and gender estimation can be done by using foot measurements and study will help in medicolegal cases in establishing identity of an individual and this would be useful for Anatomists and Anthropologists to calculate stature based on foot length.


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