Arcuate artery of the foot
|Arcuate artery of the foot|
|Latin||Arteria arcuata pedis|
|Arteria dorsalis pedis|
|Dorsal venous arch of the foot|
The arcuate artery of the foot (metatarsal artery) arises a little anterior to the lateral tarsal artery; it passes lateralward, over the bases of the metatarsal bones, beneath the tendons of the extensor digitorum brevis, its direction being influenced by its point of origin; and it anastomoses with the lateral tarsal and lateral plantar arteries.
This vessel gives off the second, third, and fourth dorsal metatarsal arteries.
It is not present in all individuals.
- DiLandro AC, Lilja EC, Lepore FL et al. (2001). "The prevalence of the arcuate artery: a cadaveric study of 72 feet". J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 91 (6): 300–5. PMID 11420348.
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