The normal height-to-foot ratio is about 6.6:1, according to data from the University of Rhode Island Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering. That means you'll generally have roughly 6.6 inches of height for 1 inch of foot length. However, the ratio is just an estimation, and many people have larger or smaller feet than you'd calculate based on this ratio.

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Height-to-Foot-Size Ratio


by  SYLVIE TREMBLAY, MSC July 18, 2017

While you might be more familiar with other health-related ratios -- like weight-to-height ratios or waist-to-hip ratios -- the foot-to-height ratio can be helpful in some situations. It's most applicable in forensic science, when it can -- somewhat morbidly -- be used to estimate height from a foot if the rest of the body isn't available. But foot size can also be used in children to predict the growth spurts that occur during puberty.

Your feet serve as the base of support for your body, and they're essential for good balance. The muscles, tendons and ligaments in your feet help balance your entire body. Without them, you'd fall over anytime you lean to the side. And your toes help you keep your balance as you move forward -- for example, when you're walking or running. The taller you are, the more you need a larger base of support. That's why taller people tend to have longer feet and wear a bigger shoe size.


Michael Franklin is a HCPC registered Podiatrist. Follow him on