Arcuate artery of the foot
|Arcuate artery of the foot|
|Source||Arteria dorsalis pedis|
|Vein||Dorsal venous arch of the foot|
|Latin||Arteria arcuata pedis|
The arcuate artery of the foot (metatarsal artery) arises from dorsalis pedis slightly anterior to the lateral tarsal artery, specifically over the naviculocuneiform joint; it passes lateralward, over the bases of the lateral four metatarsal bones, beneath the tendons of the extensor digitorum brevis, its direction being influenced by its point of origin; and it terminates in the lateral tarsal artery. It communicates with the plantar arteries through the perforating arteries of the foot.
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.[permanent dead link]
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