Arcuate artery of the foot

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Arcuate artery of the foot
Anterior tibial artery, dorsalis pedis artery and the muscles and bones of the leg seen from the front (arcuate arteries very faintly labeled at bottom center)
Latin Arteria arcuata pedis
Source Arteria dorsalis pedis
Dorsal venous arch of the foot
TA A12.2.16.051
FMA 44594
Anatomical terminology

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.[1]


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. ^ 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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