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Dorsal Digital Arteries of Foot (Left)
Cardiovascular System

Dorsal Digital Arteries of Foot (Left)

Arteriae digitales dorsales pedis

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Quick Facts

Origin: Dorsal metatarsal arteries at the metatarsophalangeal joint.

Course: Distally to the tip of the distal phalanx.

Branches: None.

Supplied Structures: Dorsal aspect of the toes.

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The dorsal digital arteries arise from the dorsal metatarsal arteries at the level of the metatarsophalangeal joint. Each dorsal metatarsal artery divides into two dorsal digital arteries.


The dorsal digital arteries run along the medial and lateral aspects of adjacent digits. The first and fifth dorsal metatarsal arteries run distally along the medial aspect of the great toe and the lateral aspect of the little toe, respectively.


There are no named branches.

Supplied Structures

The dorsal digital arteries give cutaneous, muscular, and articular supply to the dorsal aspect of the digits of the foot. In particular, they contribute to the supply of the dorsal interossei, the lumbricals, and the extensor digitorum brevis muscles.

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When the artery is occluded blood is forced through the collateral vessels, drastically increasing fluid shear stress and triggering an inflammatory response which drives vessel remodeling.

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