Volume 20, Issue 4 (July 1992)

    Podometrics: A New Methodology for Foot Typing

    (Received 26 July 1991; accepted 21 October 1991)

    CODEN: JTEOAD

      Format Pages Price  
    PDF 11 $25   ADD TO CART


    Abstract

    Podometrics is an original and innovative system to establish cartographical and geometrical parameters for the human foot: a methodology for “mapping” the foot to determine foot types by anthropometrical classification. A methodology has long been evasive because of the challenging complexities of the foot with its unique shapes, components and many converging contours and angles. Foot typing efforts to date have not been particularly productive or effective because the emphasis has been mostly on external features rather than on both internal and external features; and also because the main focus has been on numerical measurement data rather than geometrical design. Further, foot typing has often included both structural and functional features, which sometimes tend to be conflicting and confusing by intermixing structural and functional types.

    Podometrics has numerous potential practical applications in various fields. For example, in orthopaedics and podiatry in establishing foot norms in the diagnosis and therapies of foot disorders; in the shoe industry for the design of shoe lasts and footwear, and enabling the development of a uniform system of shoe sizes for better shoe fit and more efficient biomechanics within the shoe; in physical anthropology for developing an anthropometric system for genetic or racial foot typing; in criminology for detection of body type via foot type obtained from footprints.


    Author Information:

    Rossi, WA
    Director and D.P.M., William A. Rossi Associates (Consultants), Marshfield, MA


    Stock #: JTE11726J

    ISSN: 0090-3973

    DOI: 10.1520/JTE11726J

    ASTM International is a member of CrossRef.

    Author
    Title Podometrics: A New Methodology for Foot Typing
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee F13