Bilateral Foot Asymmetry and Sexual Dimorphism in Young-Adult Igbo People of South-Eastern Nigeria
Ewunonu E.O, Egwu A.O, Eteudo A.N, Ajoku, K.I
Differences in foot dimension exist within and across both sexes. The physical differences that exist in the right foot and left foot dimensions in both male and female subjects were quantitatively analyzed. The foot length and foot breadth of 504 subjects, comprising 254 male and 250 female students of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki whose age range falls between 18 years and 30 years were measured and the values recorded and noted. The result shows that males have significantly higher values of foot length and foot breadth than females (p < 0.05). The mean values for the right and left foot length of males were 26.40 ± 1.39 cm and 26.28 ± 1.40 cm respectively while their right and left foot breadth were respectively 8.77 ± 1.27 cm and 8.64 ± 1.26 cm. In females, the mean values for the right and left foot length were 24.49 ± 1.26 cm and 24.36 ± 1.26 cm respectively while their mean values for the right and left foot breadth were 8.02 ± 1.15 cm and 7.90 ± 1.15 cm respectively. This is expected to form a nomogram for reference values in forensic anthropometry.
Ewunonu E.O, Egwu A.O, Eteudo A.N, Ajoku, K.I . Bilateral Foot Asymmetry and Sexual Dimorphism in Young-Adult Igbo People of South-Eastern Nigeria. European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience, Volume 1, Issue 4, 2014, Pages 01-05