In human anatomy
, the dorsalis pedis artery
(dorsal artery of foot
), is a blood vessel
of the lower limb
that carries oxygenated blood to the dorsal
surface of the foot
. It arises at the anterior aspect of the ankle joint and is a continuation of the anterior tibial artery
. It terminates at the proximal part of the first intermetatarsal space, where it divides into two branches, the first dorsal metatarsal artery
and the deep plantar artery
Along its course, it is accompanied by a deep vein, the dorsalis pedis vein.
Palpation of the dorsalis pedis artery pulse
The dorsalis pedis artery pulse
can be palpated
readily lateral to the extensor hallucis longus tendon
on the dorsal surface of the foot
, distal to the dorsal most prominence of the navicular bone
which serves as a reliable landmark for palpation. It is often examined, by physicians
, when assessing whether a given patient has peripheral vascular disease
. It is absent, unilaterally or bilaterally, in 2-3 % of young healthy individuals.
- - "The Arteries of the Lower Extremity"
- - "Dorsalis pedis artery"
- - "Ankle joint"
- - "Arteries of the lower extremity shown in association with major landmarks."
- Image at umich.edu