An: 2018, Nr.2, Articol Nr. 14
CORRELATIONS BETWEEN LEG LENGTH, BILATERAL SYMMETRY AND UNILATERAL PREFERENCE
Al.G. Lupu - Department of Fundamental Science, Discipline of Anatomy and Embriology, Bucharest, FMAM
Laura Stroică, B.I. Diaconescu, B.M. Cristea, G. Lupu, T. Marinescu, Al.T. Ispas - “Carol Davila”University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Anatomy Department
CORRELATIONS BETWEEN LEG LENGTH, BILATERAL SYMMETRY AND UNILATERAL PREFERENCE (Abstract): Introduction.The human body is characterised by asymmetry of the majority of its components, as the result of the physical development and changes induced by the influence of the cultural and environmental factors. Objectives. This study aims to assess the anatomical differences between the current population size of foot in Romania, for males and females, as well as the existence of the correlation between their dimensions and foot preference. Material and method. In this observational study were included 51 individuals between 4 and 69 years of age; for each of them has been measured foot length and registered foot preference. Results. The average length of the foot is higher on the right side from the left, for both men and women. In men, the length is larger than in women, the difference being statistically significant. Regarding bilateral symmetry, in women it is much more common than the males. For both man and for women, the right foot is dominant; there is a statistically significant correlation between preference for a particular foot length and left/right symmetry. Conclusions. Gender related variability can be explained by the influence of hormons durind fetal development, environmental factors and the type of activity carried out by the individual. The results of the study can be use for scientifical or clinical purpose, in anthropology or forensic medicine.
Key words: FORENSIC, ANTHROPOLOGY, FOOT, LENGTH, PREFERENCEFull text