How Do You Check a Pulse in Your Foot?

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WebMD recommends placing the forefinger and middle finger of your dominant hand on top of the person’s foot at the area where the big toe and first toe meet the foot to check for a pulse in the foot. Gently feel along the top of the foot toward the person’s leg until you feel the pulse. Usually, the pulse is present along this line in the area opposite the arch.

WebMD explains that of the various pulse points, the pulse found in the foot is one of the most difficult to locate. Pulses that are further from the core of the body tend to be fainter than those close to the heart. The bony structure of the foot can make it easy to press too hard when palpating, causing further difficulty in finding the pulse. However, it is a relatively simple procedure that you can become proficient in with patience and practice.

WebMD suggests counting the number of beats for a full 60 seconds after identifying the pulse. Note any irregular rhythms. The average resting heart rate for an adult is anywhere from 60 to 100 beats per minute, and it may be slightly higher in children, usually averaging between 70 and 100 heartbeats per minute.