Indian Pediatrics

, Volume 48, Issue 7, pp 549–551

Foot length as a marker of pubertal onset

  • Souvik Mitra
  • M. Samanta
  • M. Sarkar
  • S. Chatterjee
Research Brief

DOI: 10.1007/s13312-011-0092-z

Cite this article as:
Mitra, S., Samanta, M., Sarkar, M. et al. Indian Pediatr (2011) 48: 549. doi:10.1007/s13312-011-0092-z

Abstract

This observational study was conducted on 973 healthy children between 8 and 16 years to evaluate the relation between changes in foot length and pubertal maturation. The right foot length of study children was recorded and SMR staging was done. The difference in mean foot length was statistically significant between SMR 1 and 2 (P<0.0001). No significant difference in the mean foot lengths was found thereafter. Smoothed standard deviation curves were constructed for foot length as a function of SMR stage using the LMS method. Foot length was found to rise sharply in SMR 2, which coincides with the onset of puberty.

Key words

Foot lengthIndiaNormogramPubertySMR staging

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© Indian Academy of Pediatrics 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Souvik Mitra
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Samanta
    • 1
  • M. Sarkar
    • 1
  • S. Chatterjee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsMedical CollegeKolkataIndia
  2. 2.New AliporeIndia