Brian Davies <bedavies(a)bellsouth.net> wrote:
....and most people's left foot is slightly smaller than the right one
We're straying somewhat from genealogy but I can find no evidence to support your
that "most people's left foot is slightly smaller than the right one".
The experience of x-raying hundreds of feet in my working life as a radiographer tells
me that although it is common for an individual to have one foot larger than the other,
there are just as many people with the left foot larger than the right, as there are
with the right foot larger than the left.
Published research seems to confirm this anecdotal evidence. For example, work by Parham
et al. in 1992 showed no significant difference in the average length of the left and
right feet of soldiers in the US Army who took part in the survey.
Source: Parham K., Gordon C., & Bensel C., "Anthropometry of the Foot and Lower
U.S. Army Soldiers", Fort Jackson, South Carolina, USA. 1992.
A Google search using the key words 'foot', 'length', and
'differences' reveals a number
of interesting articles on the subject, many related to the shoe-manufacturing industry.
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