Is There a Correlation Between Footstep Length, Lower Extremities, and Stature?,

Tanuj Kanchan, Shreya Sinha, Kewal Krishan

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Abstract

A probable correlation between stature and footstep length is expected, and consequently, the stature may be estimated from footstep length. The present research was conducted to study the correlation of footstep length with length of the lower extremities and stature. The study participants (n = 142) were asked to walk on a paper sheet with inked feet and footstep length was measured. Mean stature and lower limb length were significantly larger in males. Sex differences were not observed in the average footstep length. Average footstep length and lower limb length did not show a significant correlation among the participants. A statistically significant correlation was observed between average footstep length and stature only among females. Our observations suggest that the length of the lower limb may not be a major factor in determining the footstep length of a person and that the forensic utility of stature estimation from footstep length may be limited.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1337-1340
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume60
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2015
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics

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