Diagnostic accuracy of heel pad palpation - A phantom study

Søren Torp-Pedersen, Sara Matteoli, Jens E. Wilhjelm, K. Amris, Jakob Ilsted Bech, R Christensen, B. Danneskiold-Samsøe

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Falanga torture involves repetitive blunt trauma to the soles of the feet and typically leaves few detectable changes. Reduced elasticity in the heel pads has been reported as characteristic sequelae and palpatory testing of heel pad elasticity is therefore part of medicolegal assessment of alleged torture victims. The goal was to test the accuracy of two experienced investigators in determining whether a heel pad model was soft, medium or hard. The skin-to-bone distance in the models varied within the human range.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)437-442
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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